Bloomington, Indiana resident, Steve Weslington, doesn't have a lot of time to play video games. He's got a wife, three kids, a full time job, and all the obligations and commitments that come with them. So when he started seeing information drop for Assassin's Creed Origins, he was both excited but also concerned by how involved the game looked.
"I've played a lot of video games over the years," said Weslington, "but I've got an awesome wife that will set things up for me and we work together so that I can fit some gaming into our active life styles. Still, this game was gonna be a commitment and I didn't know if I would be able to fit it in."
And so, he and his wife, Jessica Weslington-Meyer, formulated a plan. On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays, Jessica would have the game ready for Steve to play when he got home from work and he would be able to play for two uninterupted hours before family activities would take his time.
"It was easy for me to get things started for him because my work schedule starts an hour before his and ends an hour early as well," explained Weslington-Meyer. "And I get to use his gaming time for my own leisure. So it's win/ win."
It wasn't until the second week of playing his new game that he realized he was making a terrible mistake.
"It wasn't until I played the game for two weeks that I realized I was making a terrible mistake," explained Weslington.
He was actually playingThe Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild on his Nintendo Switch.
It's pretty much the same game, right?
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild shares a lot of similarities with Assassin's Creed Origin, including a large open world with an emphasis on exploration, similar combat systems, and mounts for faster travel. However, the games diverge sharply from there. AC Origins is a game set in Classical Era Egypt, detailing the fictional origin story of the series' Assassin Brotherhood. LoZ: Breath of the Wild is set in the fantasy kingdom of Hyrule and primarily shows the struggles of series hero, Link, and he reclaims the land from a demonic force known as Calamity Ganon.
"I started seeing red flags everywhere," Steve said. "The pointy ears were curious. The use of magic also got my attention but Assassin's Creed has always had ancient devices in them that seem like magic."
This just in: the Triforce is one of the Pieces of Eden.
The Pyramids are probably just behind that plateau.
So how could Steve have played the game for nearly two weeks without realizing that he was playing the wrong game?
"Jessica always had it already started before I got home from work," Weslington explained. "I never saw a title screen and I always started out in a desert area. And the Switch's Pro Controller is so similar to an Xbox One Controller that I didn't think anything of it. At first."
But can you leap into a random bail of hay?
"I just can't believe Jessica got the games mixed up," bemoaned Steve. "She's usually pretty savvy when it comes to this stuff and I just can't believe she dropped the ball so hard."
"Oh, I totally knew what I was doing," Jessica Weslington-Meyer told us. "I was seriously wondering how long it would take him to notice. He doesn't really pay a lot of attention when he's playing games. Obviously."
"Yeah, I don't really pay attention when I'm playing games," admitted Steve.
Nothing is true. Everything is permitted.
"The most embarrassing part of this entire thing, even beyond this internet article, is that I had already played through Breath of the Wild," Steve Weslington continued. "It was months ago and I just sort of forgot about the whole thing. It was fun but not as memorable as I thought it would be. But, like I said, I don't really pay that much attention."
Assassin's Creed Origin is available now for play on the Xbox One, Playstation 4, and PC. But not the Nintendo Switch. If that's your system of choice, maybe just play through The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild again. Maybe you'll have forgotten about it, too.