Assassin's Creed is one of the more interesting franchises in the gaming world. On it's surface, it's a typical action game with some interesting historical trappings. When you dig a bit deeper, though, you can discover a world that has something to offer for everyone. One of the more unique areas where the game shines is in the twin worlds of entrepreneurship. There's a strong undercurrent of the importance of working for yourself both in the game's fiction and in the development of the game series itself. Indeed, any entrepreneur can learn a few important lessons from this impressive video game series.
Assassin's Creed: It's Important to Lay a Foundation
Assassin's Creed is perhaps the game in the series with the most important lesson to the world of entrepreneurship when you are getting started. The lessons thought is twofold, first laying a foundation is the key to business success. Second, find a mentor that has done what you are trying to accomplish. Let the mentor teach you correctly and follow their guidance. A mentor can be the greatest investment when you first get started. The first Assassins Creed game showed how a strong start will lay the foundation on which the remainder of the remainder of the series (your business) can grow. Your business journey will likely be built on the foundation you lay early on.
Assassin's Creed 2: Taking Care of Your Home Base
Assassin's Creed 2 is the first game in the series that allowed players to invest in property, in this case the protagonist's villa and its surroundings. While not a major part of the game, it certainly showed that it pays off to take care of your home base. As a business owner, you need to pay special attention to both the financial and emotional upkeep of your business properties. Doing so will draw in new business and make your life easier.
Assassin's Creed Brotherhood: Investing Pays Off
In Brotherhood, players were invited to invest in the city of Rome. Every purchase you made had an impact on your game. Some investments allowed you to purchase better weapons or armor, while others put money directly in your account. As an entrepreneur, your business investments should do the same to you. Every penny you spend should be bringing something back to you. It can be seen that you need to create cash flow in order to have your empire grow. You also see that spending wisely in to properties with great ROI (return on investment) that the money comes back more rapidly and allows you to reinvest it again. With Brotherhood's lessons in mind, you will be able to put your money to work with you more effectively.
Assassin's Creed Revelations: New Influences Are Important
Revelations was the third game in the so-called "Ezio Trilogy", and it was heavy on new ideas. On a meta level, this was the game that experimented the most with the traditional formula, bringing in elements of other genres like tower defense. In tower defense, you are required to manage the defense rather than allowing you to “do it yourself.” This teaches us the importance of outsourcing and being able to leverage other people’s time and skills. Another aspect of this, also seen in other games in this series, is your ability to hire groups such as warriors and have them do your work for you. Within the game's fiction, it also brought in influences from a new part of the world (Constantinople) and new characters. In the business world, you'll need to look for new ideas and influences to keep ahead of the pack.
Assassin's Creed 3: Good Things Come from Humble Beginnings
Assassin's Creed 3 features the ability to build up a rather large homestead during the Revolutionary Era. The homestead and its lands aren't much to look at, at first, but some careful investments will help you to build up the settlement, bring in new settlers and bring in money faster than you can spend it. Even if your business is small today, you can follow this game's example and build it into something great. Good things come from small beginnings, be it in terms of a homestead or a business.
Assassin's Creed Black Flag: Sometimes, You Need to Do Something Different
Black Flag was an anomaly in the early Assassins Creed series. It featured a protagonist who wasn't a proper Assassin, it got rid of the overarching present-day story, and put much of the game's action on a pirate ship - and it was a huge success. Black Flag shows that it's important to shake up the formula from time to time, as attempts to grow your business will take a willingness to take risks. Black Flag succeeded because it gave players something new - and your business will benefit from doing the same for your customers. Risks may be different and scary but a good calculated risk can show you new ways of growing your business that you might not have known existed.
Assassin's Creed Unity: Always Balance Growth With Competence
Assassin's Creed Unity had an engaging story that largely put the economic aspects of early games to rest, but it attempted to do too much, too fast. The game incorporated microtransactions, second screen app usage and updated graphics in an attempt to innovate, but it was a bit of a bug-ridden mess at launch. When your business grows, you'll need to follow the lessons that this game ignored. Grow when you can, but make sure you aren't outstripping your ability to manage that growth.
Assassin's Creed Syndicate: You Have to Fight for Your Business
Syndicate features taking over the city of London one neighborhood at a time as a major element of the game. This has economic benefits for the player, but it also benefits a player with a keen eye for economics. As your businesses grow, you'll have to get hands-on and fight for it to grow. You may not be using stunning acrobatics and violent swordplay to get the job done, but you'll need to use all your talents to make sure you succeed where your competition fails.
Assassin's Creed is more than just a landmark series in the world of gaming. It is full of examples of how to use the economics of entrepreneurship to your advantage. Take a moment to play through the series next time you have the time - you may be surprised by what you learn about your role in the business world.
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