Assassin’s Creed – Lack of Subtitle

20 01 2008

ASL Video – Approx 3:30 Minutes Long

Not too long ago, Grant borrowed from his older daughter an Xbox 360 game called Assassin’s Creed (Ubisoft Publisher) which recently released in November 2007. It has become one of the most popular games today.

He managed to go thru first stage of game “How to play with controller” episode before start real game. Once he entered, he got lost and confusing because several characters kept talking to me thru the game – he just gave it up and returned game back to his daughter.

He looked up Google and found out he’s not alone – there are many complaints at Ubisoft official forum. He made his part by register and made the comment. It is not just about deaf and hard of hearing who need subtitle, there are many foreigners that are not good with English – they depend on subtitle to play.

Gamer Informer article - February 2008Grant applauded commenter Robert Nunn who wrote to “To the Editor” on Game Informer magazine (February 2008 edition; page 12) regarding lack of subtitle on this game. Hopefully it will push Ubisoft to offer subtitle patch/upgrade in near future. To see scanned article from magazine, click here.

Did you know that many store such as Wal-mart of Target will not honor opened game box regardless? Several Deaf gamers purchased and got stuck with it. If you purchase game thru GameStop store, you might have little luck.

Ironically, Assassin’s Creed – Nintendo DS version now support subtitle.

More information regarding lack of subtitle on this game:

Grant Laird Jr.

Best Buy Store

5 09 2007

ASL Video – Approx 2:32 Minutes Long

Grant discussed about Best Buy Store (see announcement here and here) — he said that Best Buy Store contributing their employees to learn ASL in Washington DC area is a great idea! Hope other stores will copy the idea.

However, he expressed his concern if this store hire enough deaf and hard of hearing people to work at a retail level stores or even in management positions. He knew few people work at the retail level stores including warehouses but none at the management levels. They need to work on it

What’s more, he strong believe that Best Buy store including another store like Wal-mart, Target, Circuit City, that does not provide closed caption when we are looking at TV or HDTV display. This is one of the biggest disadvantages we have right now since it is very important for us to look and see, which brand have better caption quality such as font size, quality and all that stuff.

The Bottom line, Best Buy does a good job with this idea – hopefully they will expand into others that Grant mentioned. Maybe other stores will follow Best Buy Store.

TDI published a press release called Deaf and Hard of Hearing Consumer Advocacy Network Demands Fairness for Consumers Buying HDTV from Retailers. This is a must check out!

Grant W Laird Jr.