What better American city to stage some elaborate cosplay for the Knights Templar-themed videogame Assassin’s Creed than Boston? The capital of Massachusetts is one of the oldest, most picturesque towns in the states. You can barely walk down the streets without stumbling across a piece of history.
Boston-based photographer Nate Buchman enlisted the help of a pair of like-minded game enthusiasts and made excellent use of the surrounding landscape and architecture. The duo donned the costumes of Connor Kenway (sans pants) and the Ottoman Doctor, and took to the streets.
Some of these photos are totally staged and serious attempts, while others are obviously goofy, playful, and more improvisational in nature. You can’t really blame them for having fun in this endeavor, however. After all, you just willingly dressed up like a character that is made up of pixels and code and imagination, and now you’ve gone dashing about the streets of a major urban center, acting a fool. That, at its very core, is a silly endeavor. Of course it’s going to lead to some grins and giggles along the way.
You can’t help but notice that, while gameplay features a great deal of leaping from rooftop to rooftop, climbing things of great height, and generally throwing oneself around with reckless abandon, there’s not so much of that in these photos. Perhaps this is due to an abundance of real-world consequences attached to these types of activities. It hurts you a lot more to fall off of a building than it does your in-game alter ego. But if you’ve survived through childhood, odds are you already knew that.