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Mattwall1 October 31st, 2014 12:14am

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?

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11/02/14 2:36 pm

No. It's the spoils of victory

Ernest Make it so
11/02/14 4:09 am

I wonder what would happen if a military force practiced total war today... oh wait, IS...

10/31/14 10:37 am

If you mean within the context of a game, no. In real life, of course.

DonWichita Kansas
10/31/14 9:17 am

No. I don't see it as immoral, but as an unhealthy pastime, especially for kids.

Yoko318 Utah
10/31/14 5:57 am

How dare they be historically accurate?!

singkitty In the cloud
10/31/14 5:21 am

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.

10/31/14 5:16 am

It's historically accurate for a history based game

Diknak Ohio
10/31/14 5:11 am

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.

Fox semirural
10/31/14 3:27 am

No, it's sublimating darker impulses in an acceptable fashion, much like sports is a substitute for war...

Torfin Never Behind
10/31/14 2:25 am

No, because they are real solutions to the problem of captured enemy combatants in an age where there were few solutions to the issue.

Penn555 Maine
10/30/14 10:54 pm

No, because it's a game.

Praetorianus Fair enough.
10/30/14 8:39 pm

Nothing that doesn't cause real harm is immoral.

GubraLagima Tramp 2016
10/30/14 7:34 pm

I always kill them. It sends a message to my enemies. Plus, enslaving causes too many problems down the line.

eLucidate writing
10/30/14 7:24 pm

No. Just like reading a book about murder isn't immoral. It's fantasy.

JustBob Your anger fascinates me
10/30/14 5:56 pm

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

10/30/14 6:10 pm

I haven't seen the burning pig units yet unfortunately.

JustBob Your anger fascinates me
10/30/14 6:18 pm

Bummer, those were so not immoral either

10/30/14 6:30 pm

There's nothing quite like a victorious army feasting on bacon

Liberty 4,032,064
10/30/14 5:45 pm

Doing those things in reality to actually people would be immoral, but the game is obviously not reality.

10/30/14 5:28 pm

Not immoral. Speaking of morality in video games, have you played Bioshock?

Rotavele Alabama
10/30/14 5:25 pm

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.

bethanyq Ess Eff
10/30/14 5:24 pm

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.

bethanyq Ess Eff
10/30/14 5:25 pm

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.

trepidhickory Ayy Lmao
10/30/14 5:22 pm

Love that game, no I don't find it immoral

what's your favorite faction to play as?

fredd TrumpLand
10/30/14 5:22 pm

Nah. Just a video game.

Zod Above Pugetropolis
10/30/14 5:18 pm

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.