On Morality Systems in Video games: The consequences of poor writing – the Mass Effect Story

In my previous article I introduced the topic of morality systems in video games, and amongst other things outlined the various problems that games have had with implementing them.

Today I’m going to look in detail at one of these problems: poor writing.

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The Philosophy of Game Mechanics: A Civ 5 Saga.

I was originally planning on writing an article about Life is Strange for this week, but for various reasons I haven’t finished that yet. So, to tide you over while I continue to work on that, I’ve written a more lighthearted – some would say downright silly – piece on Sid Meier’s Civilization V (hereafter Civ 5).

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Deus Ex Human Revolution: An Argument against Augmentation

Considering that the question “How prevalent should augmentation technology be within our society?” is one of the key components of the setting of DE: Human Revolution, the “anti-augmentation” factions within the game do a surprisingly poor job of arguing against it.

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