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Michael Fassbender reveals pull of gaming

AAP logoAAP 29/11/2016 Danielle McGrane

Michael Fassbender may be an acclaimed and Oscar-nominated actor but even he isn't immune to the pull of video games.

The Irish actor is in Sydney to promote his latest film Assassin's Creed, based on the popular Ubisoft video game of the same name which has sold about 100 million copies.

Fassbender, who also served as a producer on the film, admitted there was a time in his life when he was pulled into the gaming world and found himself so sucked in that he stayed up all night to play them.

"I played them (video games) I suppose about 16 years ago was the last time, but when I was doing it I remember going through the night and it was eight in the morning and I had to throw the controls out of my hands. And then I would go to bed and I would see the racing track behind my eyelids, so it's been a while since I really engaged in it like that," Fassbender told AAP in Sydney.

In the film, Fassbender plays Callum Lynch - a criminal who is pulled from death row and enters a facility which unlocks his genetic memory.

He finds out his ancestors have been part of an order of Assassins and he has a new mission to find the Apple of Eden.

Before he signed on to the film, the actor said he played the game and was reminded of how addictive he found it.

"I did play this game obviously when I came on board and there were times when I did get sucked into it again but I was terrible at it really and it requires a lot of hours of investment to get good at it," he said.

But the film is one of a growing number that have been based on games including Lara Croft, Street Fighter and the Resident Evil franchise.

Fassbender believes that this growing combination of the mediums - gaming and films - will change the face of movie-making in the near future.

"I think virtual reality for sure is going to be huge and I think the landscape of cinema will change dramatically over the next five years because of it, that sort of interaction - the gaming world meets cinema," he said.

* Assassin's Creed releases in Australian cinemas on January 1, 2017

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