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Good Vs Evil

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#1 locally pwned

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Posted 01 November 2006 - 06:39 PM

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... :thumbsup:
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Posted 01 November 2006 - 06:55 PM

If i had a choice between good or evil, i would probably choose evil in a video game. I like the freedom of being able to do what i want, when i want in a game. If that means going on a rampage through the town and mowing down hundreds of civilians, so be it.... just call me evil and give me bonuses!!!

However, that's not to say i don't enjoy being a good guy. I love pwning zombies or hordes of monsters....

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Posted 01 November 2006 - 07:06 PM

Hmm that is a rough choice. I'd have to say I'd just go with the flow depending on what the game's objectives are. Needless to say we all get frustrated and get the urge to pop some NPC's because of some bug or AI problem. It mainly depends on the game really and if a good/bad guy makes a move against me first, thus giving me a reason to do whatever I want.

Playing Defcon definatly makes me feel sad for the fake people that I just wasted. Same thing in Rome: Total War. I feel bad and evil at the same time when I have to build an army, urge one of my large city's to rebel just to send that army in and destroy the rebel army, only then to execute like 3/4ths of the population not only for the money, but to ensure that I don't have to worry about that city trying to rebel for at least a good number of turns.

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Posted 01 November 2006 - 10:59 PM

Most of the times when yuor the bad guy, in your opinion your the good guy. EX: GTA, you try to make your like good, help your family etc. But you always end up killing someone good/bad.
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Posted 02 November 2006 - 08:43 AM

I tend to be good, but that's because the evil choice in most Good/evil games stinks. The evil choices aren't cool and malevolent evil, but rather brutal and petty evil. It always seems like the evil dude isn't so much evil as a little short in the IQ department. Going on a rampage isn't really evil, it is mostly just short-sighted. Not knowing the difference between good and evil doens't make you evil, you're evil if you know but just don't care.
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Posted 06 November 2006 - 07:35 AM

I'm always evil first, as I enjoy running around doing what I want when I want and how I want it. When I got Fable when it first came out, I had horns and flies around me the first few days I played it. By the end of the game, I couldn't get a girl to save my life, people ran away from me usually screaming (which made it all the more fun to kill them when I caught them!) and town folk ran me out of town upon my entering. Yep, that was the grand life. After I beat it being all evil, I started over and was a saint! The towns folk loved me, I had girls banging down my door, and people cheered when I was around!

Either way, it's always fun doing both, but I tend to do evil first just so I can have that much more fun causing mayhem everyplace I go! :thumbsup:
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