Assassin's Creed: The Official Movie Novelization

Assassin’s Creed: The Official Movie Novelization

A couple of months back you might recall my posting about Ubisoft releasing a trio of Assassin’s Creed books. All timed to coincide with the debut of the Assassin’s Creed film back in December. At the time of those reviews I did not have the chance to obtain Assassin’s Creed: The Official Movie Novelization.
Assassin's Creed: The Official Movie Novelization

Thanks to the generosity of Ubisoft though – they sent me the hardcover edition of Assassin’s Creed: The Official Movie Novelization. Like the exceptional Assassin’s Creed: Heresy, this novelization was written by none other than Christie Golden!

Photo Credit Elizabeth Golden

“We work in the darkness to serve the light. We are Assassins.”

Now as you can certainly guess Assassin’s Creed: The Official Movie Novelization delivers what is advertised on the tin. In addition however like any great novelization, Christie Golden, has expanded on the story.

The plot of Assassin’s Creed: The Official Movie Novelization still follows the general outline of the film’s script. Condemned convict Callum Lynch looks to be executed for his crimes. In reality he has been transported to the Abstergo Foundation in Madrid, Spain.

Why you might well ask?

His very DNA holds the secrets to finding a piece of powerful and lost technology. Using the Animus – a machine capable of stunning virtual reality, Callum is synced with the genetic memories of his ancestor. Aguilar de Nerha – master assassin for the Spanish brotherhood and foes of the Templar Order.
I do realize I have drunk deeply of the Kool-Aid that is Assassin’s Creed. I said as much when I shared the photo of my own little shrine to the game franchise.

Krull and BB-8 aren’t actually art of Assassin’s Creed…I just have them there.

However, having said that – I will never share with you something I don’t feel is worthy of your time and money. Assassin’s Creed: The Official Movie Novelization is a solid piece of work. Perhaps if the movie franchise goes no further Ubisoft will come to a wise decision. To allow Golden to continue the adventures of the principal characters from the film?

The Assassin’s Creed: The Official Movie Novelization is out now. Moreover I suggest you pick up the hardcover edition as you will receive a nice selection of goodies. Including concept art, a code to unlock digital Assassin’s Creed rewards and behind the scenes content.

You know a bit now about Assassin’s Creed: The Official Movie Novelization. So why not listen to Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard talking about the movie and video games?

Retro New Year's Eve

Vic Sage’s Retro New Year’s Eve 2016!

When you work at an arcade in this day and age, a retro New Year’s Eve is to be expected, right? Over the last couple of years I have been glad to share with you the Holiday event at the Arkadia Retrocade. What better way to celebrate a retro New Year’s Eve than being surrounded by vintage games.
Retro New Year's Eve - 2016

For the many fans of the Golden Age of arcade games, this is most certainly the place to be. Especially on a New Year’s Eve. From my previous posts for the Holiday you might recall that I try to bring something special as well. I am referring of course to the vintage Kool-Aid, nay, that sweet nectar of the Gods. The Great Bluedini!

While I do in fact still possess a precious few of those Great Bluedini packs I bought 26 years ago. Like the previous year I had to turn to e*Bay for help to make sure I had enough. And let me expain that I insist on using only the vintage Kool-Aid packets to make the delicious beverage. Although having said that…it’s getting harder and more expensive to do so every year. But it is all worth it for the Players to be able to enjoy five gallons of the greatest Kool-Aid flavor ever created!

Friends, I don’t believe I’ve ever shared this bit of info before. But back in my youth I had another name for the Great Bluedini. I called it the Pure Source – in reference to 1982’s TRON of course.

Anyway, there was a bit of a hiccup in this retro New Year’s Eve plan…I had to work at the hotel. I was not happy about this to say the least. But that is part of being an ‘adult’ I suppose. So I made sure that the Great Bluedini was dropped off at the arcade before work.

In addition I enjoyed some of the tasty beverage with some very special people at the arcade. The Retroist’s own Gary Burton with our good friend, Alex.

One of my fellow concession employees at the arcade, Jonah Bright aka The Iron Monkey. Who I think you’ll agree has the greatest glasses ever made!

As well of course – sharing a cup of the Blue with Shea Mathis. Who you might remember is the owner and manager of the Arkadia Retrocade – besides being one of my best friends.

There is one other thing I had to do differently this year, while dropping off the Great Bluedini. In the previous years I’ve made a point of always pulling off the Minus World glitch in Super Mario Bros. After the clock has struck midnight and the New Year has officialy begun. Why? Well – quite simply, the first year we had the retro New Year’s Eve party, there were Players present who had never heard of this glitch.

So in this case, I had to perform the trick to visit the Negative World a little earlier than normal.

With a bit of a heavy heart but a belly full of the Blue I had to go to work. I’m not sure how many of you work the night audit shift at a hotel. But as you can imagine – New Year’s Eve can be a handful. Thankfully the fact I was missing the fun at the arcade was lessened by the photos that were being sent to me throughout the night.

Hannah, Lisa, and Shea supervising the disbursement of the Blue!

So how did I celebrate my own retro New Year’s Eve this year?

By reading Guillermo del Toro’s At Home With Monsters and sipping my own mug of Great Bluedini!

So here is to 2017, my friends. May it be a brighter and filled with even more retro fun!

Little Hugs Fruit Barrels

You’re in grade school and you’re thirsty. What do you reach for? A can of soda? A bottle of root beer? A pouch of Capri Sun? Well, maybe. But if you were really lucky, you reached for Little Hugs Fruit Barrels. Little Hugs were little translucent barrels of Kool-Aid like liquid sealed with a tin foil top. You peeled back the tin foil about halfway off the top of the barrel (I can still remember the feel of doing so today) and then poured it down your parched gullet. I’ve been happy lots of times in my life, and many of those times had Little Hugs in them. I don’t know if Little Hugs are as popular with the anklebiters today as they were when I was an anklebiter, but I did find this case of them at the store, and if I wasn’t so worried about my daughter drinking them all, I would have bought one.