There are a lot of games these days that give you the option of playing as a "good" character, a "villain," and everything in between.
Seems like there are a lot of folks that enjoy playing for the "bad guys." I am not one of them! I just can't do it.
In Freelancer, I tend to aim for neutrality with most factions because I enjoy the trading aspect of the game. Just for kicks, now and again I will go hunt down a transport with some expensive cargo on it, blow it up, and take the booty. It just doesn't feel...right...
Same thing with Knights of the Old Republic. Beating/killing NPC's so they will hand over a few extra credits just doesn't sit well with me. After I finished the game as a good Jedi, I figured I'd unlock the extra story lines and play as a Dark Jedi. Within a half an hour I was already settling for "kinda dark." Then it was, "Eh, nuts to this."
This all just strikes me as odd. It's a freakin' computer game, and I feel bad for the characters in it! How very strange. I guess I thought it was an interesting anomaly when you take into consideration the current cultural belief that video games make people violent...
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