Videogame Morality: Does it matter?


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You know those games that let you be either a good guy or an evil guy(of course you do…right? *sigh* go buy fable), well have you ever considered the morality of it? I’m not talking about the actions of your character but your choice to make your character either good or evil and how those choices reflect your own morality.

I like to think of myself a good person, I’m no boy scout mind you, but all things considered I’m a good person(lawful good if you’re a DnD fan).  It’s even more prevalent when I play videogames. If I have the option to do the “good” thing compared to the “evil” I’ll always choose the “good” path. I actually have a problem when I try to play an evil character. My Jiminy Cricket(conscience for those that don’t know the allusion… and wtf you people?) won’t let me do the evil thing. Your standard therapist would say what I have is a mental block that forbids me to act against my conscience. But enough about me and my therapist(as all of my girlfriends will tell you it ruins the mood), let’s look at what this means for you.

Traditionally people react two ways to media(this won’t be everyone but most people) in how the process the information. The first type of person will treat the characters as if what was happening on screen was actually happening to someone somewhere. These tend to be the people that after a movie will discuss character motivation and what they didn’t think the characters would do. The second type view it as people acting and tend to not enjoy most movies because they can not relate to the situation. These people are also to an extent sociopaths. Not that it’s a bad thing, many sociopaths live long and productive lives.

So when it gets down to it, it doesn’t matter what choice you make because you will be who you are. We are only truly ourselves when no one else is watching. Now if you’ll excuse me I’ll be playing the new Dragon Age Origins DLC with my lawful good transgender necrophiliac.


Editorial by Ninth Batter the author/creator of Nobody Like You.

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About NinthBatter

NinthBatter(or Jack) was born in 1518 on the shores of Loch Shiel in the highlands of Scotland. Seriously though, Ninth is a small town geek born and raised although he does live in Los Angeles now. He’s been gaming since the SNES with “Legend of Zelda: Link to the Past.” He currently games on PC, Xbox, PS3, Nintendo DS, and the N-Gage(it’s a GameBoy and a phone!) He also has a Wii but currently uses it as a door stop. If you haven’t been able to figure it out, Ninth prefers to take a light-hearted and humorous approach to gaming. He also loves Pokemon…the handheld games…seriously.