Mana Obscura: Is Choosing To Play A Game A Moral Decision For You?

Gazimoff of Mana Obscura caught my attention today with a stealthy fireball of a post asking whether you make moral choices when you choose to play games.

He’s talking about a new game (TERA) that’d previously caught his eye with interesting mechanics and pretty landscapes but the developers sailed out beyond pretty. Beyond, and into the greasy waters of seedy marketing, with oversezualised characters appearing to be their main advertising gimmick. He believes it’s aimed right at a young, white male demographic – a norm we’re trying to move past – and he’s simply not up for partaking in that.

Whether it’s wallpapers, box art or in-game screenshots, it seems that the big focus ins now on emphasising the scantily clad character type as much as possible.

So what’s the big deal? After all, it’s just polygons, right? Doesn’t World of Warcraft have this kind of thing with the infamous Black Mageweave set? Don’t single player games like Bayonetta or Dead Or Alive: Extreme Beach Volleyball have similar content? Well, yes and no.

It’s an interesting question but as a post it’s not his usual fare. It seems to have taken Gazimoff’s readers unawares, given how much disagreement he’s getting.

How about you? Are there games that you don’t play for moral reasons? And how do they compare to games you do play? Let us or Gazimoff know!

_Quote taken directly from Gazimoff’s post_

_Mana Obscura’s homepage is here_