In the video game Total War: Rome II, you can enslave or kill enemy prisoners of war, and can raze cities. A friend of mine finds this immoral. Do you agree?
No. It's the spoils of victory
I wonder what would happen if a military force practiced total war today... oh wait, IS...
If you mean within the context of a game, no. In real life, of course.
No. I don't see it as immoral, but as an unhealthy pastime, especially for kids.
How dare they be historically accurate?!
Those acts are immoral, but it's a game not reality so the game itself isn't. I probably wouldn't want my young child playing it, but adults can play what they want.
It's historically accurate for a history based game
lol, your friend should play Grand Theft Auto . . . violence is in video games and has been for a very long time. Personally, I think it is awesome that you can do that in Total War because it doesn't white wash history.
No, it's sublimating darker impulses in an acceptable fashion, much like sports is a substitute for war...
yay for catharsis!
No, because they are real solutions to the problem of captured enemy combatants in an age where there were few solutions to the issue.
No, because it's a game.
Nothing that doesn't cause real harm is immoral.
I always kill them. It sends a message to my enemies. Plus, enslaving causes too many problems down the line.
No. Just like reading a book about murder isn't immoral. It's fantasy.
It's a game, friend needs to lighten up,I think.
I haven't played II yet, can you still set the pigs on fire and hurl rotten cows over the wall? That game was awesome
I haven't seen the burning pig units yet unfortunately.
Bummer, those were so not immoral either
There's nothing quite like a victorious army feasting on bacon
Doing those things in reality to actually people would be immoral, but the game is obviously not reality.
Not immoral. Speaking of morality in video games, have you played Bioshock?
I always feel bad doing those things even though it's a game but it's not bad.
If some kid gets sick pleasure from that though, then they probably need to be watched.
Doing those things is immoral. Playing a game in which you are a character who does those things? I'm inclined to say no unless there's a particular unique game mechanic in work with psychological implications beyond those of your normal video game.
Just like it isn't immoral to watch a movie featuring a protagonist who does those things - even a really poorly made movie in which we aren't even meant to question the protagonist's actions.
Love that game, no I don't find it immoral
what's your favorite faction to play as?
Rome or carthage
What about you?
Nah. Just a video game.
Maybe if you were actually enslaving or killing enemy prisoners of war, or razing cities. It's just a game, those are just electrons. Enslave, kill, capture, and raze all you want.