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How I Broke My TV Playing Assassin's Creed 2

First let me say that I love Assassin's Creed 2. It's one of my favorite games of the year.


That said, like every game worth playing, it has a frustrating moment or two. Compared to many other great games, it actually has far fewer than is typical. To be perfectly honest, it's kind of an easy game, but also an amazingly fun and engaging one. There's one point though, during what is basically a dream sequence, where I had got totally stuck. Of course it happened in the one part where you play as in the city of Acre as Altair, the character from the first Assassin's Creed, a game I found dull and uninteresting. At the very end of the sequence there's a jump you have to make that I couldn't do. I kept dying and having to replay the whole sequence. Over and over and over, and unlike most of the game which is full of options, here there was only one path forward. I'd been playing all day, probably for eight hours or so by that point (something I don't do much anymore). I was so damn frustrated.


As it turned out, I needed to do a jump maneuver the game hadn't taught me yet. There is a specific moment after this sequence where it does go out of its way to explain how to make this particular kind of jump. I probably could've figured it out on my own, and I'm sure most players did. That said, looking on-line for help, I saw in several discussion forums that I wasn't the only one getting stuck here. But I didn't learn the secret until after I'd smashed my TV.


I get frustrated with games. I get angry when something seems unfairly or stupidly frustrating. I paid money for the damn thing, and I want to be treated better than this bullshit. This is different than a game being hard. Hard games can get wearisome, but at least I know it's my own lack of ability. Something like this, something frustrating because I have no idea what the game wants me to do (as opposed to not being able to do it), that shit drives me crazy.


I play on the couch, and next to the couch is a big, comfy yellow chair. In recent months I've taken to throwing my controller in frustration into the chair. It releases the anger and nothing gets damage. It has worked well as a kind of cover for my otherwise stupid and childish fits of rage. This time... this time my aim was off. And I was really mad.


I heaved the controller at the chair. Rather than hitting the angle where the chair's seat meets the chair's back (my usual target) the controller impacted high on the springy back of the chair. It wasn't in slow motion, but I clearly saw it happen, knew exactly what trajectory the controller was on as it flew through the air. I suck at pool, but this was a perfect bank-shot, right into the 42 inch HD TV.


The picture was gone instantly, replaced by the image shown in the picture. In the background I could hear the game still playing, some sort of placid background music and out door sound effects. Gone. Gone. Gone. Dumb. Dumb. DUMB!


So I'm working on that, that anger thing. Maybe putting the game down when I get pissed. Walking away. That kind of thing.


I got a new TV, and the first thing I did was put Assassin's Creed 2 back in. It was about 24 hours later, and my friend Brian was over. I had since looked up the offending sequence on-line. I made the “tricky” jump on the first try, and we just laughed, and laughed, and laughed. It's a great game.


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Haha, I love the 'stupid rick' tag. I remember being frustrated during some of the eagle dives not executing correctly from the church crosses right, but nothing like that during the dream sequence. I know I couldn't figure out how to get up that tower at first though...took me a good five minutes of just staring at the base of the tower.

Sorry for your troubles though. Maybe you should look into replacing the chair too with something not so springy :-D
November 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterScott Reeser
That chair is so comfy though! Maybe I'll get Wii-style safety straps for my X-Box and PS3 Controllers as well. Or just take the ones off the Wii motes that I never use (although I just got the new Mario so I guess I need to hook the Wii up to my new TV...
November 30, 2009 | Registered CommenterRick Dakan
Oh no! I read in great suspense as to whether you actually hurled your controller right at the tv screen. I couldn't quite picture you doing that.

Maybe you could play in the chair and hurl things onto the couch? Just don't arrange a 100 fish tank on the other side of the room.
November 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBecky
that story makes me happy and sad at the same time. bad rick! poooooor rick....
December 2, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterporter
Ohh Rick, you make me laugh.

What I want to know is what happened the broken TV?
December 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNick Fury
I'm still trying to figure out something cool to do with the TV. Right now it's sitting in my dining room. I might give it to some artist to paint on or something.
December 3, 2009 | Registered CommenterRick Dakan
Fractured LCD canvas. Rock on!
December 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNick Fury
"When will you Rage?"
December 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMarkleford
Ouch! Nicole (my girlfriend) got Assassin's Creed 2 for her birthday and I've yet to pop it in our 360. After reading this (and coincidentally having MY 42" LCD die on me, though not from the impact of an ill-placed controller throw) I think I'm going to hold off a bit longer to make sure I can tackle it. Well, that and I'm still working on Arkham Asylum :p
December 21, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJoshua
Assassin's Creed 2 is really not that hard a game. This one moment was literally the only point I was stymied, and it's because you need to do a wall jump maneuver they haven't taught you yet. Once I knew what to do (ie, after I bought a new tv) it was super easy. Definitely give it a shot!
December 22, 2009 | Registered CommenterRick Dakan
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December 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCypepiesvoids
Now you have to go and get a new flatscreen tv to watch and play games on.
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April 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAir Jordans
Sorry about your TV! I just wanted to point out that you do not need the new jumping trick to get to the top of the tower.When you reach the balcony, you can climb its front ledge, and then just make a simple upward jump.That way, Ezio grabs himself on the wooden pole over him.
At least, that's the way I did it, after about 2 minutes of playing.But I think I may have tried harder to go up there in the first assassin's creed, and I kind of remembered something.
Anyway, I know this doesn't help now, but I just thought I'd get the information on there...
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