It's a deceptively simple question, and yet one that manages to have no good answer: "do real world morals have a place in video games?"
Many years ago, researchers confirmed the existence of the "Lady Macbeth Effect." The gist of it is that we humans really do associate metaphorical uncleanliness with the more literal sort: if we've done or witnessed something immoral or unethical, we are often likely literally to want to go wash or bathe in…
While Ubisoft's still-secret, yet-to-be named Rainbow Six game skipped an E3 appearance this year, it is still very much in the works we're told.
Nothing changes a man like a pair of female embodiments of order and chaos. Check out the changes Cole undergoes in inFamous 2 as his morality gets twisted about, along with a peek at his brand-new ice-based powers.
Monica Potts a feminist graduate of an all-girls college that would never take her husband's name or dream of ending her career to raise children. In the Sims 3 she's a married mother that stays home with the kids.
In this video documentary for Paragon Studio's super hero MMO City of Heroes, the team talks us through the morality system that changes your villain into a hero and vice versa in the upcoming Going Rogue expansion.
Philosophers and Theologians have been debating the mechanics of moral choice for millennia.
Annexing territory, sending out scouting groups, beating enemies to death, and eating babies. It may sound like a plot to a particularly violent video game, but it's really just chimpanzees, giving us some serious insight into human nature.
Few things mar a game, especially a role-playing game, like being sold on creating a complex, even unique character and then being presented with tendentiously noble or evil choices to build out that role.