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Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag trailer reminds us that pirates are cool, claims to tell "true stories"

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As much as I'd love to Eternal Sunshine my memories of the recent pirate craze (Arr! Avast! Topmast! Do ye want me to stop talking like this, ye scurvy dogs!?), I still love pirates. Pirates are great. Time has romanticized them (we tend to leave out the more horrible bits) into ruthless and cunning adventurers, profiteers free to live by their own code. The latest trailer for Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag seeks to remind us of that.

Benjamin Hornigold, Calico Jack, Charles Vane, Blackbeard... "Here, at last, are their true stories, rough and unvarnished." Wait, wait, wait. I thought we were going for the fun, romanticized pirates with buried treasure and all that? Well, alright, if you want to get into the real nasty bits, then do your worst.

I'm not sure the Golden Age of Piracy looked quite like this (opens in new tab) , though. Probably less exciting adventure, more scurvy, dysentery, smallpox, and typhus. Not that I'd rather play a game about dying from dysentery (with the possible exception of Oregon Trail).

Tyler Wilde
Tyler Wilde

Tyler grew up in Silicon Valley alongside Apple and Microsoft, playing games like Zork and Arkanoid on the early personal computers his parents brought home. He was later captivated by Myst, SimCity, Civilization, Command & Conquer, Bushido Blade (yeah, he had Bleem!), and all the shooters they call "boomer shooters" now. In 2006, Tyler wrote his first professional review of a videogame: Super Dragon Ball Z for the PS2. He thought it was OK. In 2011, he joined PC Gamer, and today he's focused on the site's news coverage. After work, he practices boxing and adds to his 1,200 hours in Rocket League.