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Moral Choices in Video Games: Which path do you choose? [poll]
 
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Neutral (0/22 votes)
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Play it again so I can choose different paths (3/22 votes)
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When you play a game that has "Moral Choices," which path do you choose? I usually go bad first then replay it and choose good.

What about you?

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Posted: 10/05/14, 04:57:57
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Almost always good unless the gameplay just isn't conducive to it. Sometimes mowing down some NPCs is how the game is seemingly meant to play. But I genuinely feel guilty choosing the "bad" option because I feel even an internal bad choice in the real world still counts against your character.
Posted: 10/05/14, 05:06:12
Good.

But binary moral choice games kind of bore me. I like stuff like SMT where there are a variety of different paths that could be argued to be "good".
Posted: 10/05/14, 07:18:02
If I'm enjoying the story, I usually go good. I was Mr. Nice Guy in Mass Effect 2, Human Revolution, stuff like that I generally try to be virtuous.

If the story is stupid, I go bad. I went evil in Infamous because I hated every character (and then reversed course in the sequel when they improved tremendously).
Posted: 10/05/14, 07:18:21
What a bunch of boring goodie two shoes? Hmm, I've never written that out before. Is it "goodie two shoes?" What the heck does that even mean?
Posted: 10/05/14, 07:22:31
I play with my own morals, which are generally good.

@Koovaps

Wikipedia said:
Although The History of Little Goody Two-Shoes is credited with popularizing the term "goody two-shoes", the actual origin of the phrase is unknown. For example, it appears a century earlier in Charles Cotton's Voyage to Ireland in Burlesque (1670):[5]

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So... not sure and nobody knows. People just say it, lol.
Posted: 10/05/14, 07:55:10
@DrFinkelstein

Ha! Thank you, good sir.
Posted: 10/05/14, 07:57:58
Koovaps said:
What a bunch of boring goodie two shoes? Hmm, I've never written that out before. Is it "goodie two shoes?" What the heck does that even mean?

Bad people generally only wear one shoe.
Posted: 10/05/14, 08:07:33
@nate38

I played through both sides in inFamous 2--good first. But the evil ending was fantastic. Really nuanced for an "evil ending."
Posted: 10/05/14, 08:34:39
Secret_Tunnel said:
@nate38

I played through both sides in inFamous 2--good first. But the evil ending was fantastic. Really nuanced for an "evil ending."

What do you mean both sides in Infamous2?
Posted: 10/05/14, 08:37:20
@sirmastersephiroth

Good and Evil. They're mostly the same missions, but a few are different and you get different powers.
Posted: 10/05/14, 08:52:04
@Secret_Tunnel Got it.

Cubed777 said:
Almost always good unless the gameplay just isn't conducive to it. Sometimes mowing down some NPCs is how the game is seemingly meant to play. But I genuinely feel guilty choosing the "bad" option because I feel even an internal bad choice in the real world still counts against your character.

This actually bothered me about the original Fable in reverse. I wanted to be Ultra bad but killing bad guys and creatures was considered good. So, the story itself was conducive to being good. The sequel fixed this, I believe. I'm replaying it now and I don't think you get good morality points for killing creatures and bad guys unless it's related to a moral choice. I think.
Posted: 10/05/14, 08:56:55
I tend to go with good. I'm the kind of guy that even feel guilty about accidentally shooting chickens in Resident Evil 4.
Posted: 10/05/14, 11:43:20
@Secret_Tunnel After I beat the game, I did go back to my last mission save and do the evil finale. And yeah, it was totally unexpected and really fantastic. I probably prefer it to the good ending, actually.
Posted: 10/05/14, 16:29:38
Generally, I choose good although with inFamous: Second Son, I decided to mix it up and be evil for a change.
Posted: 10/05/14, 16:41:39
I like being the good guy, but I may take a mischievous or bad path here or there... sort of like in real life.

I remember I wanted to play as a sith in KOTOR to see all that the game had to offer and I didn't enjoy it nearly as much. I refused to let the Wookies remain enslaved and was pissed when it gave me a bunch of light side points. Hey, even Hitler was a dog lover.
Posted: 10/05/14, 18:24:35
I don't play a lot of games with moral choices because they tend to be the sorts of games I don't like. I don't mind playing in either style, though I do prefer good guys because I'd rather roleplay a good person than a bad person. I can say unequivocally that I don't harbor any secret fantasy to be some evil so-and-so. So what would be the point of seeking out games like that?

That said, if I don't really care about the game, I'm more likely to go evil, but that's more out of lack of interest in the game. Did that with Fable when I played it, for instance. Would do it again.

I do remember Shadow of the Colossus being a bit of a moral conundrum. On the one hand, I thought it was a pretty impressive game in many respects. On the other, I felt like I was just going around killing elephants like some sort of anime Teddy Roosevelt. Not really fun to play a game where the objective is "Kill Rare Animals".
Posted: 10/05/14, 23:57:22  - Edited by 
 on: 10/05/14, 23:58:09
Posted: 10/06/14, 00:02:04
@kriswright Especially when you get to the ending and realize it wasn't going to do the small "good" you thought it would anyway, but instead just bring a large evil back into the world. Although I guess that was the point? Like hey, maybe this dude should have thought twice before slaughtering a bunch of creatures to try to go against the natural order of life and death blah blah blah?

@Jargon That was one of the silliest lines in those movies. Not that there isn't a legitimate point of view that the Jedi have some ethical issues, but... coming from a dude who just slaughtered a bunch of children, whatever issues he supposedly has with the ethics of Jedi (he never does make it clear, does he?) kind of fall on deaf ears.
Posted: 10/06/14, 00:03:54  - Edited by 
 on: 10/06/14, 00:05:47
I almost always choose the good path; I generally just do what I myself might do in real life, with the caveat that I tend to be more badass in a game than I am in real life, so I might be more likely to fight enemies and whatnot
Posted: 10/06/14, 01:09:25
I don't recall if I've played a game like this.
Posted: 10/06/14, 01:11:15
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