How Games Like Assassin’s Creed Give Us a Feel for History

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Video games kind of have a bad reputation among the general public. This might be because they encourage a sedentary lifestyle, as most players play video games for prolonged periods. But video games also come with benefits for the education of the players. More than this, they help players improve their attention, strategy, and coordination skills.

Many game developers wanted to combine fun with learning. And so, new types of games have been developed over the last couple of years. Even though many of them are fiction, as Assassin’s Creed, for example, they base their plot and gameplay on historical figures, monuments, or events. We all know that Ezio Auditore never fought against Cesare and Rodrigo Borgia, but the Borgia family has lived in Italy.

There are some school subjects students do not want to learn about. Many of them bore them, as is the case with History. There are a lot of years, events, and important historical figures to learn about, and this can be boring sometimes. Thankfully, game developers have created video games that are based on history and that make learning about it funnier and more entertaining.

Assassin’s Creed and the Feel for History

If you are an Assassin’s Creed fan, then you probably know that all games are based on history. In some cases, as Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, you may even see monuments that no longer exist. Yes, you can visit the Parthenon in Athens whenever you want, but you will mostly see ruins. If you play Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, you will see not only the Parthenon as it originally was built but also the Athena Promachos sculpture that no longer exists. And the game graphics are wonderful. It simply immerses you in the game and you feel like you are a resident of the 400 BC Athens.

Creating this feeling of history is something that not only game developers try to do, but also filmmakers, History teachers, and students. Students usually have to write essays and assignments on historical topics. They try to recreate the feeling of history and write compelling and powerful pieces of text that will get them a good grade. Expert writers from say that you can get inspiration from video games. Just like developers from Assassin’s Creed have managed to create and give players a real feel of history, students can recreate this feeling in their essays.

But the best thing about this video game is that it has many versions. And each of them approaches a different historical period. Moreover, the action happens in different places around the world so game enthusiasts can learn about history very easily. If there are students who struggle with learning the history of Ancient Greece or Italy, playing a game that apparently is not about this will help them enlarge their knowledge.

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Even though you can watch movies about specific historical events or figures, you may not retain as much information as you want. You only watch the movie, but a well filmed and produced movie will immerse you in the story easily. Take for example Gladiator, the movie, which explores ancient life in Rome. There is even a TV series about this topic, so there are a lot of visual elements you can learn from. However, Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood interactively does this. You explore ancient Rome, discover new places, walk through the Colosseum, and many more.

One would say that it is always easier to read a book and start building your visual story as you read the text. This would be a nice option too, and for those who love reading, for sure it is their first choice when it comes to learning about history. But playing a fictional, yet interactive and based on history game is another efficient way of learning more about humanity’s past.

But Assassin’s Creed is not limited only to this. You can explore ancient Egypt too and learn about pharaohs, pyramids, its villages and more. The reproduction of their buildings, houses, and towns is very accurate. Many of these no longer exist, so it would be impossible to visit them. You get a touch of history also because the quests you have to complete in the game are related to the time and place where the action is taking place. For example, in Assassin’s Creed Origins the story is happening in Egypt and you need to protect the residents of the village from a widespread upheaval.


Assassin’s Creed is one of the best video games created that help players nurture their sympathy for history. The nicest thing about this is that you can interactively discover places and monuments that have been destroyed in the meantime. All in all, all Assassin’s Creed games are charming and can immerse you wholly in the story.

Justin is a marketing specialist and blogger from Leicester, UK. When not working and rooting for Leicester FC, he likes to discuss new trends in digital marketing and share his own ideas with readers on different blogs and forums. Currently, he is working as a content marketer at

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