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But I *do* appreciate the folk with whom I game:

P: Wow, this quest is... questionable.
P: Seriously, they're asking me to torture some dude? I'm not undead, man.
P: Or, you know, American.
K: They're the new poop quest. there's a few of them.
P: poop isn't morally abhorrent in quite the same way as torture is.
K: True, I'm just saying they replaced the poop quests from bc with torture quests.
P: I'd rather poop.
P: also, this quest is teaching you that you should rely on information gained by torture: something we know in the real world to be rather false.
P: so it's morally questionable on extra levels!
K: yah, i was thinking that the guys should give false information at least once.
P: I think I should get some xp for just saying no and walking away from the rest of this quest line, personally.
K: but we're not americans. it works for them all the time apparently.
P: it works on 24, so it MUST be true!
K: That's the spirit!

This is a big game, and in the past I've just skipped quest lines I didn't like. But at this level, it seems like I can't easily just skip all the quests I find objectionable because there are too many of them and not enough else for me to do instead. And my buddy K there has confirmed that I'm going to be hitting this again and again. Seriously?

All I wanted was half an hour to relax and hide from the noise of my dishwasher using headphones and a game.

Instead, I got a horrific reminder of what people think is appropriate in games. It's the stuff like this, where it doesn't even seem like they meant to shock me, that hurt the most.

Date: October 17th, 2010 07:07 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Early on there is a quest for the Alliance Side Pally where you are supposed to assassinate a politician instead of, you know, gathering evidence and bothering with a trial or at least telling the king.
Michael Phillips

Date: October 20th, 2010 04:00 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] thorfinn
Is that the electrocute-the-terrorist quest in Northrend somewhere?

ETA: I seem to recall forum discussion at WotLK release time about that quest, and it was definitely intentionally there as an ugly talking point, right down to the ugly "here it is, go on, just follow orders", Milgram Experiment nature of it.

There's definitely an L30 or so alliance quest given by the warlocks in Stormwind to outright just poison a noble, that I happened to do recently. They don't even tell you that's what you're doing, just "go collect some stuff, okay, now go give this drink to this noble... o look he's dead, haha, here have your reward."

I think there's actually a fairly big undercurrent of "the alliance ain't really all that nice" kicking around in a lot of quests. I seem to remember a diseased blanket delivery quest too.
Edited Date: October 20th, 2010 04:03 am (UTC)

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