Video Games and Moral Choices

A nice review of videogames and how player choices affect gameplay.

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+48 1. jezarocks91 commented 11 years ago

they made some interesting points..
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-14 2. Dazzz69 commented 11 years ago

I have asked these questions and more while playing Donkey Kong
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+3 3. scratchy commented 11 years ago

When i play video games I don't focus on moral problems tha is why i play video games they have no concequence on real life. So great vid, very interesting but I somtimes pick a sniper rifle in Grand Theft Auto and go kill civilians to pick a fight with the police >:)
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+16 4. mwak commented 11 years ago

Some nice ideas, Game Designers should look at this video.
I think they have to inspire themselves with "paper-RPG" systems like D&D, EWS or Polaris. By the way, Faction system is a cool and cheaper way to make impact on the player choices like in some MMO (as said EQ or DAoC, etc.). Multiple axes is definitively the way.
Nice vid, thx.
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0 5. archis commented 11 years ago

Reminds me how I destroyed Companion Cube in playsing Portal. Tried to save him, but the stupid computer forced me to do it.
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+7 6. eddie2042 commented 11 years ago

To kill or not to kill, that is the question.
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+9 7. SilverPT commented 11 years ago

Long gone are the days where video games were "just" video games :)
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-7 8. CrackrJak commented 11 years ago

Games are supposed to be an escape from real life, If you start making them just like real life who the heck will want to play them ?
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-4 9. max2000 commented 11 years ago

driving in NFS is not like driving in @Race (old), nor like driving in MCRaeRally; just like knifing in LandWarrior is different from knifing in GTA.SanAntonio (if any): there is a standard in designing computer operating systems, both on civil and military grounds. So there should also be a standard in assigning 'crime level' into a gaming solution brought on the market (regardless of those mere 18+, 16+ rating), which is http:// [..].
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+3 10. c2quad commented 11 years ago

where is your neck :P
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0 11. Antoros- commented 11 years ago

the voice is annoying, but he has good points and y just rolf'ed on the floor in 7:55 that was just epic
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+2 12. schlafanzyk commented 11 years ago

I think this is going way too far with the whole morality issue. Games are for fun and creativity and usually just allow you to do things that you could not do in real life or that would have unwanted consequences or something like that. This idea that games should be more than that seems over the top to me, if you compare that to other problems we have.
Besides, I don't want to live in a society where people use videogames for moral education instead of teaching real first hand social interaction.

Behaving morally wrong in videogames is fun, simply because it is not what you would do in real life and that kind of variety is what makes games like GTA flourish. Nothing wrong with that except that so many people let their kids play these games before they have even developed full moral awareness.
Other than that, there is really no need to create this illusion of moral meaningfulness for every action inside a game. At the end of the day, it's still just a game and that's what it should be.
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+1 13. huldu commented 11 years ago

Playing a game i tend to pick the choice which my character would pick based on what it is. In the end i guess that could be called roleplaying.
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-2 14. WildMonkey commented 11 years ago

I agree, it all comes down to development time and dollars. No one will spend millions on making different choice paths in a game that will only be seen by very few individuals. You would need to make The Matrix.
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-1 15. VonAnka commented 11 years ago

Mother of the good guys...OBJECTION, better read "The Missionary Position: Mother Teresa In Theory And Practice".

I myself just pick the option that kills the most ^^ why be good ?
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+1 16. Spinter commented 11 years ago

Alot of people are misunderstanding the point by saying that they want to kill everything in games and have no real consequence on the game world. The point being made is about games that already HAVE the morality system and force us to either do good or evil in the game. Many people like the moral dilemma portrayed in these choices and want a more immersive experience which would only get you more involved in the game's world. So, yeah for those games the point that are in this video are great indeed.
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0 17. Deblaauwn commented 11 years ago

#7 I disagree; often, games had more of a story line in the past.
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0 18. CarcharotH commented 11 years ago

yeah these guys have some pretty cool ideas.
for those interested in more: they do this weekly on The Escapist, where it's called 'Extra Credits'.
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0 19. marty44a commented 11 years ago

They make some good point is all kind of right ! O:)