Yesterday, The Globe and Mail ran an editorial titled "Assassin’s Creed III video game distorts history."
In it, the paper argues that gamers are learning history lessons through video games. But because Assassin's Creed, which is a historical-action game, "distorts history," young minds are being taught incorrectly—or so The Globe argues.
The ridicule of Assassin's Creed was controversial enough to trigger mockery of the Globe editorial via Twitter, where the hashtag #GlobeEditorial was used to drum up some hilarious examples of video games misinforming players: "Zoologists confirm that hedgehogs do not run super fast and show little affinity for collecting golden rings," one read in reference to Sonic; "In healthcare news: Up up down down left right left right B A will not in fact allow you to live forever," another jabs in reference to controller-based cheat codes.
Fortunately, The Globe and Mail was able to take the ridicule in stride, going so far as posting its favourite mock-tweets on its own site. We applaud the paper's ability to laugh at itself—but seriously, guys, that Assassin's Creed editorial was terrible.