Categorizing Morality Systems Through the Lens of Fallout

Casas Roma, Joan and Arnedo-Moreno, Joan (2019) Categorizing Morality Systems Through the Lens of Fallout. Digital Games Research Association (Digra), 2019-1. ISSN Unknown (In Press)

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Abstract / Summary

Morality systems in computer role-playing games (CRPGs) are a characteristic feature of the genre. Although there is plenty of literature studying how players relate to moral choices, only a few studies analyze or compare how specific games represent the player's moral persona. This paper studies how morality systems have been modeled in the Fallout series to keep track of the player's moral profile, categorizing the different techniques used in those systems. A special emphasis is put on how in-game actions affect the PC's moral alignment, as well as how non-player characters (NPCs) react to that beyond the game's scripted narrative. The goal is to provide guidelines that would lead to the development of more comprehensive and detailed morality systems, and where the player could immerse in a virtual world where the NPCs would act more as individual agents, with less reliance on explicitly scripted scenarios.

Item Type: Article
ISSN: Unknown
Subjects: Computer Science, Information & General Works
Technology > Digital Works > Digital Games
Depositing User: Joan
Date Deposited: 09 Jul 2019 12:26
Last Modified: 09 Jul 2019 12:26


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