Monday, June 11, 2012


Pop Culture Bean

Hello, all! Welcome to a new feature called Pop Culture Bean. It's all about when Beantown shows up in different media. Today's inaugural item comes from an upcoming videogame, Assassin's Creed 3.

Just to bring you up to speed, this series of videogames takes place in different cities during different historical circumstances, including Jerusalem during the Crusades and Florence, Rome, and Istanbul (nee Constantinople) during the Renaissance and just after.

If you take a quick look at the video titled "E3 2012: Boston Stealth Walkthrough" here, you will see that the third installment takes place -- at least part of the time -- in Boston during the American Revolution. At approximately 30 and 40 seconds the Old State House will pop into view. In order to satisfy your comparative impulses, take a look at the photos below. Just a quick note -- these were taken on the camera packed into my less-than-stellar, no-g phone.

Visiting the Old State House is a lot of fun, too. Every entrant receives a fresh colonial identity. Some lucky museum-goers even get to be the second President of the United States, John Adams ("If I was from Paris, I would say, 'Ooooh la la, la la la la'"). Most famously, just outside of the building marks the site of the Boston Massacre, and built into the sidewalk at the corner of Washington and Court Street is this map of Bean history.
Til next time!

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