In a few weeks time I’m going to be in Venice, Italy, where I’ll be staying just a couple of blocks down from Basilica di San Marco. I’m already geeking-out as I pan around the city in Google Maps, because I know these streets and landmarks like the back of my hand—thanks to Assassin’s Creed II. I can’t imagine how tempting it will be to climb buildings and jump across rooftop once I arrive there.
If it wasn’t for Assassin’s Creed II, I wouldn’t know anything about the sites in Venice. I think that’s a credit to games and how they can be educational, even if they weren’t trying to be. I now have a passionate interest in seeing key sites whilst I’m there. I may play through the game again to brush up my knowledge and plan some activities.