Tag: star wars the old republic

This is a post about SWTOR and Killing Anarchists

Posted on May 29th, by Jordan Rivas in Video Games. 3 comments

In Star Wars The Old Republic you kill “anarchists” a lot.

You kill lots of people actually. Even as a Jedi, part of an order established around the idea of peaceful interaction and force only as a means of defense, you’re asked to slaughter droves of people. In many instances that violence is contextualized; often it’s represented as a part of righting a wrong, rescuing or defending innocents, or otherwise justified.

The mission is often contextualized, but enemies mostly aren’t. There are bosses, main antagonists that participate in driving the action of the story throughout a quest, chapter, or the entire class storyline for your character. They have some depth, and backstory. They have motivations that are explored; they can be reasoned with. But there are also scores of low level enemies littered along the path to the adversaries that have proper names and backstories.

Depending on your faction – Republic or Imperial – you’ll battle a mixture of different enemy types. But both factions in the game tend to fight a lot of generic enemies labeled something like “thug” or “White Maw Pirate” – something that clearly indicates they are a threat to you regardless of whether … Read More »


This is a post about Dark Side, Renegade, and demanding refunds

Posted on January 2nd, by Jordan Rivas in Video Games. 3 comments

I don’t like to fight.

I don’t become angered easily. I don’t get aggressive quickly. I don’t relish arguments, or even winning them. I feel guilty about “beating” people, even in verbal spats, if I win handily.

I’ve never pushed a mercenary through a thin pane of glass to a multi-story death drop. I’ve never executed a runaway mage who was begging for their life. I’ve never run the hot, glowing edge of a crimson lightsaber through the neck and spine of an adversary on their knees.

At least not in real life. In video games, I’ve done all of those things. And I had emotional reactions to all of them. The concerns are that these acts of violence in games are cavalier and committed without rational thought, but in these examples I thoroughly considered my actions, and found it entirely rational to send people to their death.

I did those things because I was playing a character, and sometimes the characters I play are really mean. It wouldn’t make sense for me to do those things in real life, but it does make sense for my characters do them occasionally, depending on the characters.

My personal beliefs and morality system don’t always come with … Read More »