Desmond looks ridiculous

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#1 Posted by Wolverine (4640 posts) -

Hoods, they look fine in ancient Jerusalem, they look fine in ancient Rome, they even look fine in contemporary ghettos, but they do not look normal at all in colonial America. Desmond sticks out like a swore thumb and if they're going to have the next game in 18th century America, they need to change his costume.

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#2 Posted by TentPole (1856 posts) -

Ignorant

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#3 Posted by stinky (1564 posts) -

kinda agree, but i can say "video gamez" and move on.

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#4 Posted by Shun_Akiyama (519 posts) -

You mean Connor?

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#5 Posted by Winternet (8397 posts) -

Yeah, because that's the part that doesn't make sense about it.

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#6 Posted by Video_Game_King (36564 posts) -

@Shun_Akiyama said:

You mean Connor?

No, he means Desmond. This is the entry where Desmond can travel through time and meet up with his ancestors and steal their clothing for no good reason.

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#7 Edited by NekuCTR (1712 posts) -

There haven't been any screenshots of Desmond in AC3 released yet have there?

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#8 Posted by MooseyMcMan (12541 posts) -

@Winternet said:

Yeah, because that's the part that doesn't make sense about it.

He makes a good point. These are games about putting Nolan North Desmond into a machine and finding memories from his ancestors in his DNA in order to find ancient artifacts from long dead aliens or something.

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#9 Posted by Dany (8018 posts) -

@Wolverine said:

Hoods, they look fine in ancient Jerusalem, they look fine in ancient Rome, they even look fine in contemporary ghettos, but they do not look normal at all in colonial America. Desmond sticks out like a swore thumb and if they're going to have the next game in 18th century America, they need to change his costume.

Desmond is not a time traveler. He also wasn't in ancient Rome or ancient Jerusalem.

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#10 Posted by Deranged (2020 posts) -

@Wolverine said:

Hoods, they look fine in ancient Jerusalem, they look fine in ancient Rome, they even look fine in contemporary ghettos, but they do not look normal at all in colonial America. Desmond sticks out like a swore thumb and if they're going to have the next game in 18th century America, they need to change his costume.

Yeah... except it's not Desmond...

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#11 Posted by Sooty (8193 posts) -

I hate Desmond, he is the weakest part of the entire series.

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#12 Posted by jmfinamore (1092 posts) -

The main characters have always painfully stuck out, with no one dressing even remotely similar to them. But, it's a videogame.

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#13 Edited by Dany (8018 posts) -

Altiar was the only good design in the games. He blended more so than Ezio ever did.

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#14 Edited by AhmadMetallic (19301 posts) -

The Native Americans wore all kinds of shit didn't they? I'd say it's just another primitive outfit, I don't see how he "sticks out like a sore thumb." 
 
P.S. The name is Connor not Desmond. Get your Assassin's Creed right bro!

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#15 Posted by mandude (2827 posts) -

While it may look out of place, I guess it's the first time it's actually worked as a camouflage, what with all the snow and stuff.

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#16 Edited by jkz (4169 posts) -

They designed Altair to at least present the illusion of fitting in, and then that character design became emblematic of the series and so they've stuck with it, even if it gets ever more ridiculous in context as the series goes on.

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#17 Posted by Shun_Akiyama (519 posts) -
@Video_Game_King said:

@Shun_Akiyama said:

You mean Connor?

No, he means Desmond. This is the entry where Desmond can travel through time and meet up with his ancestors and steal their clothing for no good reason.

Don't feed idiocy
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#18 Edited by GuyIncognito (450 posts) -
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#19 Posted by TentPole (1856 posts) -

Both the colonist and Native Americans wore hooded cloaks. Especially if it was raining.

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#20 Posted by GuyIncognito (450 posts) -

@TentPole said:

Both the colonist and Native Americans wore hooded cloaks. Especially if it was raining.

I thought the benefit of the tricorne was to shield you from rain.

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#21 Posted by salad10203 (679 posts) -

I think he looks ridiculous as well. I play on PC so hopefully someone will mod it to give him more appropriate clothing.

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#22 Posted by Gamer_152 (14481 posts) -

It's not Desmond, but I've thought about it before and kind of agree with you. I still think the white hooded robes look cool, but I'm not sure they really work here. I could accept that Altair and even Ezio could use them to disguise themselves as priests in their time periods (although you'd think after some time the guards would get damned suspicious of priests), but a native American trying to remain stealthy by running around in white hooded robes is gonna need one hell of a story justification if they want to make it seem like it fits. Oh well, it's not the biggest deal.

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#23 Edited by MiniPato (2821 posts) -

Ezio stood out as well. No matter how well dressed you are, if you're walking around with a sword, crossbow, and throwing knives around your belt people should take notice. I think Connor gets away with it more because it's the wild frontier and it'd make sense to have something on you to defend yourself with as you travel. It makes less sense when you're in a crowded city like Florence and the only threat is town guards. I think the hood is the last thing to worry you.

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#24 Posted by The_Nubster (3157 posts) -

@Gamer_152 said:

It's not Desmond, but I've thought about it before and kind of agree with you. I still think the white hooded robes look cool, but I'm not sure they really work here. I could accept that Altair and even Ezio could use them to disguise themselves as priests in their time periods (although you'd think after some time the guards would get damned suspicious of priests), but a native American trying to remain stealthy by running around in white hooded robes is gonna need one hell of a story justification if they want to make it seem like it fits. Oh well, it's not the biggest deal.

There were screenshots of snowy areas, so the white cloak and hood could conceivably work as camouflage in those areas. If that were to be the case, then the outfit would become immediately more useful than it ever was to Ezio. Seeing as you're playing a native American (or someone of that descent, if I recall correctly), it would make sense if there were a lot of areas where you weren't allowed in, regardless of your attire. Hopefully, this game will have a functional-ass stealth system to accompany that.

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#25 Posted by Bollard (7560 posts) -

@Video_Game_King said:

@Shun_Akiyama said:

You mean Connor?

No, he means Desmond. This is the entry where Desmond can travel through time and meet up with his ancestors and steal their clothing for no good reason.

What

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#26 Posted by AlexW00d (7479 posts) -

Surely the OP was using Desmond as a placeholder name as we don't know the protagonist's name (although I guess we do, I am just hypothesising) and it's easier to type Desmond than 'this entry's protagonist'.

But hey, I can be a cunt too. DON'T YOU MEAN CONNOR YOU IDIOT.

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#27 Posted by Gamer_152 (14481 posts) -

@The_Nubster: I thought about that as well, but surely if this game is taking on a colonial American theme you're not going to spend the majority of your time in snowy areas. And it disguises the fact that he's a native American but there are about a million other outfits that would do the same job.

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#28 Posted by N7 (4159 posts) -

That's kind of what the Assassin's wear.

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#29 Posted by Nasar7 (3210 posts) -

Agreed, the hood looks ridiculous. In fact, his entire outfit being white looks ridiculous.

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#30 Posted by bybeach (5670 posts) -

I'm not a follower of AC. I do remember one of the main charactore in The Black Robe, (a pretty good movie about Early indians and the push to convert them) wearing a hood-like head covering, I think the modified front and head of stitched together fox fur or something like. But that was a very individual type of wear and hand crafted, not at all a norm. Closest thing I can think of is catholic priest, monk,  that sort of thing. Or a Nun..hehehe. Maybe just maybe being a trapper / frontier outdoorsman might gravitate back to my first example...again handcrafted out of hide.
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#31 Posted by Klei (1798 posts) -

It looked ridiculous back in AC2, when Ezio, wore his renaissance-era Batman outfit. He always looked like some Lord of Dance / renaissance-era pimp.

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#32 Posted by sarahsdad (1320 posts) -

considering the ability to dye clothes has been around for a while, I'd be surprised if it didn't carry over to this entry as well. He's probably all in white here for the same reason that most of the Mass Effect promotional stuff still use the default Cmdr; it's what people recognize.

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#33 Posted by Kazona (3389 posts) -

The only time that outfit made anysense was in the first game, but it became so symbolic for the game that they stuck with it.

There are a lot of things in AC that don't make sense it you think about it, but those are petty details

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#34 Posted by ShaggE (8398 posts) -

I think I can overlook a gaudy outfit in a game with magical hay, a memory simulator machine, and crazy anachronisms just to name a few.

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#35 Posted by The_Nubster (3157 posts) -

@Gamer_152 said:

@The_Nubster: I thought about that as well, but surely if this game is taking on a colonial American theme you're not going to spend the majority of your time in snowy areas. And it disguises the fact that he's a native American but there are about a million other outfits that would do the same job.

That's true. Well, as some of the other people in this thread have said: videogames!

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#36 Posted by PulledaBrad (631 posts) -

You rolled around an a wooden tank in AC:B. This should not be a big deal.

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#37 Posted by Moncole (666 posts) -

Its a family tradition to wear hoods

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#38 Posted by LethalKi11ler (1665 posts) -

@Winternet said:

Yeah, because that's the part that doesn't make sense about it.

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#39 Posted by voltronadactylsaurusrex (80 posts) -

You do know you can change the color of your hood right? It won't always be white unless you want it to be.

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#40 Posted by Djratchet (687 posts) -

@Dany said:

@Wolverine said:

Hoods, they look fine in ancient Jerusalem, they look fine in ancient Rome, they even look fine in contemporary ghettos, but they do not look normal at all in colonial America. Desmond sticks out like a swore thumb and if they're going to have the next game in 18th century America, they need to change his costume.

Desmond is not a time traveler. He also wasn't in ancient Rome or ancient Jerusalem.

Though you can totally unlock a Desmond skin in Revelations, haha.... If you wanna talk about out of place, try playing the game like that.

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#41 Posted by Mikemcn (8175 posts) -

Hoods have been worn throughout history, it's the white outfit that sticks out, not the hood.

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#42 Posted by Greatgrey (60 posts) -

@TentPole said:

Ignorant

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#43 Posted by Vegetable_Side_Dish (1767 posts) -
@PulledaBrad said:

You rolled around an a wooden tank in AC:B. This should not be a big deal.

Hey man, Da Vinci designed that shit. 
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#44 Edited by Brodehouse (10827 posts) -

The real reason the hood is there is not because "now it got associated with it so it has to be there"... that was always the intention. The reason they wear the hoods, especially with a big peak in the middle, is to keep hammering home the Eagle motif. It's not an accident based on public reception, it's intentional artistic theory.

Even Desmond wears a hood, he just always wears it down.

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#45 Posted by N7 (4159 posts) -
@Mikemcn said:

Hoods have been worn throughout history, it's the white outfit that sticks out, not the hood.

You've been able to color your outfit since AC2. Let's hope that this type of thing will actually matter now. Maybe even allow you to colorize certain parts yourself, instead of having to go with premade color patterns.
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#46 Posted by NegativeCero (3141 posts) -

It makes them money at this point to have a hooded dude in white in their game.

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#47 Edited by SASnake (507 posts) -

@Wolverine said:

Hoods, they look fine in ancient Jerusalem, they look fine in ancient Rome, they even look fine in contemporary ghettos, but they do not look normal at all in colonial America. Desmond sticks out like a swore thumb and if they're going to have the next game in 18th century America, they need to change his costume.

Its not about what they wear in that time period, its about what the Assassins wear you nooblet. Besides, the lead character isnt part of the Colonist, he can wear whatever the fuck he wants.

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#48 Posted by Dany (8018 posts) -

@Djratchet said:

@Dany said:

@Wolverine said:

Hoods, they look fine in ancient Jerusalem, they look fine in ancient Rome, they even look fine in contemporary ghettos, but they do not look normal at all in colonial America. Desmond sticks out like a swore thumb and if they're going to have the next game in 18th century America, they need to change his costume.

Desmond is not a time traveler. He also wasn't in ancient Rome or ancient Jerusalem.

Though you can totally unlock a Desmond skin in Revelations, haha.... If you wanna talk about out of place, try playing the game like that.

You can unlock Raiden in brotherhood can't you? As an outfit for completing to animus challenges? Never tried that, that would ahve been weird.

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#49 Posted by Djratchet (687 posts) -

@Dany said:

@Djratchet said:

@Dany said:

@Wolverine said:

Hoods, they look fine in ancient Jerusalem, they look fine in ancient Rome, they even look fine in contemporary ghettos, but they do not look normal at all in colonial America. Desmond sticks out like a swore thumb and if they're going to have the next game in 18th century America, they need to change his costume.

Desmond is not a time traveler. He also wasn't in ancient Rome or ancient Jerusalem.

Though you can totally unlock a Desmond skin in Revelations, haha.... If you wanna talk about out of place, try playing the game like that.

You can unlock Raiden in brotherhood can't you? As an outfit for completing to animus challenges? Never tried that, that would ahve been weird.

Haha, yeah. You totally could. I remember one of the story missions was triggered by Ezio finding a cardboard box too, lmao. Gotta love that cross promotion.

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#50 Posted by lavaman77 (623 posts) -

@MooseyMcMan said:

@Winternet said:

Yeah, because that's the part that doesn't make sense about it.

He makes a good point. These are games about putting Nolan North Desmond into a machine and finding memories from his ancestors in his DNA in order to find ancient artifacts from long dead aliens or something.

Nolan north voiced him?!

It's confirmed, he is a cyborg.

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