Where the battlegrounds meet moral grounds.
November 27, 2008 8:18 AM Subscribe
posted by tybeet (167 comments total)
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World of Warcraft's Wrath of the Lich King
expansion involves a quest titled The Art of Persuasion
. Richard Bartle
, co-author of MUD (and pioneer of MMO gaming)
, speaks out against this
: "Basically, you have to take some kind of cow poke and zap a prisoner until he talks. I'm not at all happy with this. I was expecting for there to be some way to tell the guy who gave you the quest that no, actually I don't want to torture a prisoner, but there didn't seem to be any way to do that..." (via
"...I did zap him, pretty well in disbelief — I thought that surely the quest-giver would step in and stop it at some point? It didn't happen, though. Unless there's some kind of awful consequence further down the line, it would seem that Blizzard's designers are OK with breaking the Geneva convention."
"If you do decide to shock people, you need to flag up that you know you're shocking them. This is so they know it's an artistic statement and not that you think the shocking thing isn't shocking. This gives the impression that Blizzard thinks it's OK to torture prisoners, and that torture actually works."
What would Jonathan Blow
think about this?
This has also been taken up at the WoW Forums, with somewhat less literacy.