Being the bad guy

I know I’m not alone when it comes to making “moral” choices but I almost always choose the “good option.” I’d like to think it’s because deep down, there’s good in all of us.

I don’t know if it’s because I fear I’m going to miss something on the good path or I simply can’t do the “evil deed.” But I always end up being a goody two-shoes.

There’s a point in Grand Theft Auto IV where you on the roof of a buiding, overlooking a park. Down on the bench are your two targets. (If I remember correctly) one is mentally-handicapped brother who screwed up a job and the other brother is a cop. In order to advance the story, you have to take out one of them. I literally had to pause the game. I didn’t want to choose and I wanted a way out. Even though I was playing Nico Bellic, a reprehensible sociopath with no conscience and no remorse, I couldn’t do it.

I eventually did, but I didn’t like it.

So now that brings us to my current game, Fallout New Vegas. I’m only a few hours in, but I’ve already been introduced to the major factions in the game and have already been given a chance to align myself with one (or more) of them. The first choice was easy. The Powder Gangers seem like a bad bunch, so I’m not down with those guys. But now I’ve come into contact with Caesar’s Legions. They seem, at first glance, to also be engaging in some pretty brutal and evil practices. It may turn out that they’re good guys (no spoilers, please!) but for now, I have decided I’m all in. I’m aligning myself with the Legion and I’m doing as they do.

I’m already nervous what that may mean, but I’m just going to wing it and see what happens.

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