Games with Gold Sept 2016

August is almost over, so it’s time to look at September’s free Games with Gold from Microsoft.  The games are:

-Earthlock, Festival of Magic – Sep 1
-Assassin’s Creed Chronicles – China – Sep 16
-Forza Horizon – Sep 1
-Mirror’s Edge Catalyst – Sep 16

I plan on downloading all of these.  Earthlock is a new game coming out on September 1.  It is a turn-based RPG of some sort.  I see Harvest Moon being tossed around with it, so it’s likely a similar style game.

I have played and enjoyed Assassin’s Creed 1, and I expect to enjoy China as well.  I’m not sure what is different about the Chronicles series versus the regular, though, but I’ll find out!

I haven’t played a Forza game yet and I’m looking forward to playing the first Horizon game.

I don’t know anything about Mirror’s Edge.  I do know that this is the sequel in the series, but that’s it.  It’s free, so I’ll try it out.

Olympics: Japanese PM Abe during closing ceremony

Just in case anyone doubted the impact that video games now have on our society, let’s take a look at Japan’s introduction at last night’s Olympics closing ceremony from Rio De Janeiro.  Video games are a part of Japan’s identity and they showed the world that.  The image you see above is the Japanese prime minister sporting a Mario hat after he came up through a pipe.  This was preceded by an animated segment featuring Mario himself.

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Of all of Japan’s potential rich culture and heritage, they chose to show us their video game and anime presence in the world.  I found this to be quite significant and pretty awesome.  This is one of the primary reasons my first out-of-country trip is going to be to Japan (hopefully next year!).