Games you can’t/won't play for personal or emotional reasons


I can’t play a bad guy! I couldn’t play blackguards, and I almost didn’t play tyrants (finally able to play just trying to save everyone I could except those killing others). So many rpgs have story lines Ive never explored…


Here’s a weird one: Event[0]

I feel uncomfortable playing AI games in general (Creatures or Black & White), but Event[0] made me even more uncomfortable.

Essentially, I loathe the idea that how we treat others should be a means of achieving self-centered goals. In real life. It’s manipulation, which I find psychopathic, or sociopathic, or whatever. Loathsome, at best.

Event[0] basically asks the player as its central conceit to treat the AI as a person and to manipulate it to favor you. So you can win, I guess. I played it for a half-hour and felt dirty about it.


I have a similar problem, in games that offer you a choice to play as good or evil, I just can’t swing evil. I’ve never played Sith in the KOTOR games, I’ve never taken the evil path in the Fallouts - I could not blow up my home in Fallout 3, that’s just nuts!

But I must say that in games that give you no option, like the GTA games, I’m fine with playing an amoral jerk. Though if they gave you the option of robbing people vs rescuing puppies, I’d probably go the puppy route.


Generally when you think you might be the only one on the Internet who does something some way, it turns out to be the most common thing.


Wow. I hadn’t seen that before. Wishlisted.


Lol, I did some crazy mental gymnastics to play GTA Vice City! I love the 80s music, basically in my head said I was a undercover cop and wouldn’t hurt pedestrians, rarely did a car jack and if I did I pretended I flashed a badge as I kicked them out. Cops chasing me was me keeping my cover, same for evil stuff during missions. I loved the music in this game, and the setting. The only one I played LOL


I used to run a political action committee and an attorney for the Democratic Party told me that I was pretty good but that my problem was that I “lacked a criminal mind.” Explains why I suck at playing bad guys, I guess.



Mine is almost the reverse… An old friend from high school described me as “sneaky, like Mallory Archer.” Then he kept insisting it was a compliment.

I think it shows more about the type of person he is and what he values. He’s currently a lawyer working in the executive branch.

As I get older and slower, I like to think of myself as a fairly decent person. I don’t have smarts left to be proud of. :)


I can’t count the number of times I replayed that one mission, trying desperately to save my wingman. It finally sunk it that it was a scripted plot point and I let it go, grumbling about jerk game designers toying with my emotions.


Yeah, I hated that so much.


I have a colleague who always assumes everyone is lying, that they have some backstabby scheme in the works. This tells me we have to keep an eye on that guy.


I did that as well. Really loved that series along with Strike Commander.


I came to post almost the exact same thing about pretty much all MOBAs in general.


It’s not a case of can’t, but I won’t play a Civ game as Mao or Stalin. I’m not sure why playing as dictators from the past is okay in contrast, but I guess the twentieth century seems too close.


I just changed the thread title to reflect this. I refuse to play as them either.


I don’t know if it’s @tomchick’s enthusiastic exclamations of “yeah, watch that baby whale bleed out” on the Nantucket streams or what, but now I have absolutely no desire to play that game.

In the grand scheme of human atrocities, whaling is a fairly minor one, but unless it’s in service of some larger thematic goal, bleeding out a baby whale is just going to make me feel miserable.


I tend to be put off by anything in the modern/historical real-world killing people category. So no counterstrike, battlefield, CoD, etc. I can kill space aliens and orcs all day- hell, even Zombies are enough, but killing people in a realistic setting (no matter what side you’re on), I’m out.

The biggest one here for me was The Division- I tried a free weekend, and no matter that the dispatcher kept telling me how these were Bad Dudes doing Bad Shit, it was just fairly sickening wandering around real-world NY killing people.


I can never use nukes in a civ game. Did once in civilization 2 and was horrified at the big population drop and the little skulls around the city. Even though I reloaded I felt dirty. Though I guess rampaging through the countryside and capturing enemy cities is ok.


So I’m going to guess that Defcon is a game that very few of the people here could play? Serious question. Or is it abstracted enough that you don’t feel empathy for the numbers?