Horsing around

 

I’ve always liked horses. Perhaps it’s because, as a baby, I was given “Captain” – a stuffed toy horse with a music box inside; he sent me off to sleep probably thousands of times as a kid. I recently found him, too – which made me rather happy.

Then again, I’ve always loved animals… from holding a goat as a kid, to having chickens & a dog around the place on my parents property.

Speaking of my parents property, the people in the block behind ours had a fat pony. My brother and I decided to call him “Buster” – he’d always come up to the fence when he saw us on our bikes, so we’d feed him grass and what-not… which generally made our dog Ruby jealous – so she’d start eating grass too. Funny dog. 😛

 

I think using horses as a mode of transportation in games is fun, too. Probably because it lets you see the sights, instead of roaring and screeching around on the track (e.g.: Forza on Xbox) like a dog accelerating on a rug. You can actually hear what’s going on around you. I recall that real-life is the same, too. Mind you, I’ve only ridden a horse 4 or 5 times – and two of those times I fell off – but I digress.

I quite enjoyed playing Assassins Creed 1, 2 and Brotherhood, thanks to the ability to use horses to get from city to city. When I was offered fast-travel options, I generally ignored them in favour for jumping on a horse and going there the old-fashioned way – seeing the sights & hearing the sounds. Thanks to my flatmate Flippiy, I also understand that Skyrim has horses for travel. I was a little disappointed, then, to hear that horses are not offered in Assassins Creed: Revelations.

 

To quote another blog: “This is the first game in the series to not feature horses, though there are two sequences involving horse carriages, if that makes a difference (it doesn’t, and they’re annoying).”.

To be honest with you, I don’t really mind; I’ll still play Assassins Creed: Revelations – horses or not. After all, I can get my “horses for transportation” fix by playing Red Dead Redemption. So in the end, all is well – horses or not.

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