Moral choices in video games and suspending disbelief

Started by oxiiid, 03-16-2019

Moral choices in video games and suspending disbelief
  03-16-2019, 03:46 AM
I often hear gamers talk about "challenging" moral choices in video games where you have to pick between doing a "right" thing and doing something which will give you abilities to help you out in the game. The thing is, I never seem to find these choices hard, but maybe that's just because I fail to suspend my disbelief, and I know the game mechanics will let me win anyway. A good example would be Dragon Age: Origins, where there are multiple morally dubious opportunities to enhance your army for the final battle, but I don't get the impression it really makes a big difference outside the narrative in one's head.

Anyone have thoughts on this?

  03-16-2019, 12:45 PM
I think you are right, rarely do I find myself absorbed in a story so much that I actually consider choices, outside of the outcome I want to get from them. That being said, I would like to say that I'm actually very bored with the traditional black and white approach to both character creation and choices given in a video game. If realism is what creators are after, the reality is very much shades of grey.

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