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The Importance of Being Evil

Posted in Gaming, MMORPG with tags , on April 3, 2012 by theerivs

As I read the post by Tobold, and the comments afterwords there of it got me thinking of evil, and my predisposition of it.

Growing up I was always the bad guy, Skeletor to He-man, Cobra to GIJOE, and Decepticons to the Autobots. I loved being bad.

As I grew up, my evil ways continued, and I turned into quite the bad seed.  I was a thief in my younger life, not steal a candy bar type thief, like breaking into a businesses stealing thousands of dollars. I was an arch-fiend, but like all theives I got greedy, and I got caught. I went to jail. For those of you who live in lofty towers, Jail breeds the scum of the earth. No good lives in jail. I remember being in the same room as murderers, and rapists. There was another convict trying to test me, screaming at me for looking in his direction j Laying on a prison mattress I vowed I would climb out of the gutter, and try to live a decent life.

Why am I telling you all this? The point I am trying to make is I’ve  seen evil, and cyber- bullying, and forcing someone to rage quit isn’t evil. It’s stupid for sure, on both parties parts. In this case you’re only a victim if you allow it to take effect, if you give the bully’s the power, then they won. The great thing about the virtual world is you can turn it off at any time.  I couldn’t turn things off laying in a cell, on a prison bed that’s for sure.

I don’t want to get metaphysical but Evil serves a purpose, and in a video gaming world that purpose is to give the good guys hell.  For me that’s right where I belong.

 

 

Are Sith Evil?

Posted in MMORPG with tags , , on October 3, 2011 by theerivs

Evil is a point of view correct? So to the Sith they are the good guys, and the Jedi are evil. If you think the Sith are evil, why? Because they kill, Jedi kill people too.  Are they evil because they live by the rule of the strongest survives? Well then you might say a shark, or a lion is evil.

Why I Don’t Think Sith Are Evil.

1. Order – They want an ordered society with them at the top. That’s all I want out of life to.

2. Goal Oriented – Taking over the galaxy is a lofty goal indeed.

3. They Keep Their Promises  – Though they may alter the deals, and pray they do not alter them further.

4. Equal Opportunity Employers – When they hired bounty hunters, there was a lizard dude, and a robot.

5.  Great Sense of Humor – Come on when the Emperor told Luke, that “This battle station is fully operational” in Return of the Jedi, tell me that shit wasn’t funny right there.

6. Better Fashion Sense – Jedi and all their browns, bleh!

7.  They only kill people who get in their way – Sith can’t help it if you lack poor decision-making abilities.

8.  Family oriented – If Luke didn’t turn, then Darth would turn dear sister.

 

 

On the Importance of Being Bad

Posted in MMORPG with tags , on January 12, 2011 by theerivs

“Evil will always triumph, because Good is dumb” ~ Dark Helmet, Spaceballs the Movie

Other Bloggers have touched on this subject, and this post has been sitting in my draft box for awhile, so I thought i would finish my thoughts on it, and post it.  

Ever since I was young, I always felt akin to the bad guy. I always played the robber, to my friends cops, I was always the Decepticon,  to my friends Autobots, or I was Cobra to my friends GIJOE.  It’s not that I go around kicking puppies when I’m not playing, but lets be honest it’s fun to be bad, to be the rebel, to have power, to have no constraints of morality.

When playing video games, I love games like Fable, or MMO’s such as Warhammer Online, that allow you to be the bad guy. My favorite part of Wrath of the Lich King Expansion of World of Warcraft was the Death Knight starter zone, where you played the bad guy. You kill peasants, and even someone you loved. Ahh the price of being evil.

When Star Wars comes out I will be going Sith, Why? I’ll tell you why.

Reasons I like being Evil.

1. Choices – I can actually be good when I want, or selfish. I can do more of what I want, and not feel guilty.

2. Gear– Black goes with everything, and is very slimming. Skulls are pretty bad ass too.

3. Humor– Evil people have a better sense of humor, Good always is a little uptight.

4.  Girls – Chicks Love Bad Dudes.

To sum it all up, a good story needs a good villian, and I’d rather be a good villian, then a mediocre hero.

SW:TOR: Am I Evil?

Posted in MMORPG with tags on July 15, 2009 by theerivs

darth-maulAs Metallica would say, “Yes I am”

Adam and Eve were kicked out of the Garden of Eden because they ate from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil.  Which means they did not know what good or evil was before then.

In Star Wars: The Old Republic I will be going with the Sith Empire. The Evil Side most would obviously agree, but I wouldn’t let me explain.

In alot of Modern MMO’s, WoW, Aion, SW:TOR, etc…there are usually two factions. One faction is seemingly good, or pretty. One faction is ugly or bad. If the MMO has multiple factions there is usually one side deemed more evil then the rest, like Pirates in Pirates of the Burning Sea.  Some MMO’s cop out saying oh this side isn’t really evil, but they are thrown into the evil lot just by their looks. 

Things that are beautiful are associated with good. That which is evil is always ugly. Notice that in movies?  In my experience, Some of the nicest people I known in real life aren’t that good looking, and some of the meanest were prettiest.  I think the question begs to be asked, “What is evil, and good?” 

I think those terms are subjective. What is good for me, may be evil to you, and vice versa. I think the most profound effect on my is Raistlin in the Dragonlance Chronicles. He turned to the “evil” side because it allowed him to use knowledge that was forbidden to the “good” side.  So to Raist, evil was good.

Lets take it back to the MMO world and it’s lore. In WoW, you have the Alliance, and the Horde. The Alliance is good? Right? Well they beat up and imprisoned the orcs in concentration like camps, is that actions of a good race? Horde are evil? They believe in honor, and commune with nature. (well before they drank the demons blood, and after they were cured)

In WAR,  Order has Witch Hunters which torture, and harm there victims is that good?  All that Chaos wants is Change, their methods might be dubious, but I don’t think that makes them evil.  I just think they suffer from poor leadership.

Finally lets look at the Sith Empire. They want to put the universe in order, they want power, they want strength. They are ruled by their passions. Is this so bad?  Does this make them evil? I think not.