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    Nov 9th, 2017 at 22:57:48     -    Life is Strange (PC)

    At the end of Chapter Two, there are quite a few events that puts the playersí morality to the test, however, Iíd like to take a closer look at Kateís suicide attempt and the events that led up to that moment in the game. There were many signs that she was mentally unwell, but I think itís interesting how the game used the aspect of a large event in the game to test the player in what they may think are decisions with less consequence leading up to the event. For example, there are a few small decisions that increase your friendship with Kate before she chooses to jump or not: talking to her when given the chance, taking her phone calls/calling her back on the telephone, stepping in when David is scolding her, and looking through her room to learn more about her. All of these small choices in Maxís daily life added up into a trusting friendship with Kate which assisted in talking her out of jumping off the building.
    Itís pretty obvious that ďLife is StrangeĒ uses the Suspension of Disbelief (willingness to overlook limitations of a medium enable to accept a fictional premise), which is a great tool to use in video games. In the case of Kate, itís obvious that not one single action of a single person would be able to prevent a suicide because thatís an unrealistic premise; however, with the Suspension of Disbelief the player stays enthralled with the game and gives every decision more weight and attention. I think this is what makes Life is Strange such a popular game; the fact that almost every decision may or may not change your future timeline keeps the player guessing and captivated with the game decisions.

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    Nov 9th, 2017 at 22:31:34     -    Life is Strange (PC)

    Moving forward, Iíve noticed that there are many different actions one can make, many with light consequences and a few with heavier consequences. Although, itís difficult to determine exactly what type of consequence an action has immediately because some may stew and come back to assist or punish you later on. For example, stopping to talk to Kate to ask her about her mental health has already begun to show a positive repertoire, while choosing to make fun of Victoria after her paint accident will lead to continued aggression in our relationship with her. Actions such as knowing the answer to Evanís question enable to look at his portfolio or talking to Chloe gave us a little more information about the elusive character Rachel Amber.
    The game does a great job of keeping you guessing at what may or may not be important actions to take for future consequences. It also does a great job of utilizing virtue theory and vices (alcohol, drugs, prostitution(?)). Sometimes, itís a difficult decision to save Chloe time and time again because she gets into trouble concerning drugs and other illegal substances. There are, however, a few decisions Iím faced with in Chapter Two that I donít really get a decision in making such as: reversing Chloe from shooting herself, stopping Frank from harming Chloe, and saving Chloe from the train tracks. As we discussed in class, there is definitely a moral motivation that the game makes for us; itís obvious from my previously listed examples that one of the prominent predicaments ďLife Is StrangeĒ uses is ďharm to charactersĒ. Itís difficult to make a decision or an action that will cause harm to a character or not rewind time to prevent harm of a character.

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    Nov 9th, 2017 at 18:48:13     -    Life is Strange (PC)

    Starting the game as Max Caulfield, an 18-year-old photography student, "Life is Strange" centers around the morality of having the ability to rewind time. As a player, you quickly learn that after an event occurs you have the ability to rewind time; but what you decide to do with that and the consequences you face (butterfly effect) follows those actions.
    The first time you encounter being able to reverse time is when Max watches a girl named Chloe being shot by a boy named Nathan. Max gains the power to reverse time, and henceforth saves Chloe from being shot by pulling the fire alarm. I quickly learned that there were actions that held greater weight and consequences, while others that werenít as critical. For example, saving Chloeís life was a critical action because it involves a human life and those around it. This decision isnít one to be made lightly because although it may seem like a straightforward action (Save a life? Or watch and do nothing? Obviously save a life, right?), it would be wise to consider all the consequences of a heavy weighted action.

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    Sep 28th, 2017 at 22:26:14     -    This is the Police (PC)

    One thing Iíve noticed that This is the Police does really well is playing around the Principle of Legality and Law of the Jungle. Playing the game as police chief Boyd, itís very obvious that the laws are clear and understood, but the gameplay is centered around whether or not you choose wrongdoing or following the letter of the law. As we learned in class: ďlegality and morality are not the same thingĒ. Although there are two sides of the argument, I find myself playing more to the tune of the Law of the Jungle: ďdo whatever is necessary to survive and succeedĒ. In order to not be killed by the mafia, I continue to act as a corrupt official and do whatever they ask of me in order to survive. Whether itís neglecting crimes happening in the city, firing officers with the guise of ďold ageĒ, or choosing to take the entirety of money left behind by my dead employees, Iíve already gone down a rough road so Iím sticking to my choices of corruption in order to hopefully survive and retire a wealthy man.

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