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    ollieschmolly's This is the Police (PC)

    [January 18, 2018 06:48:51 PM]
    Well, I started the game up and I basically had no opportunity to make a choice before I was arrested by the FBI. I went to jail and it kicked me out to the start menu. I didn't really like this. I felt I had been duped after my supreme reign of terror. I guess the moral of the story is if you do bad things you go to jail. I wish I would have had an opportunity to escape or use my mafia connections to my advantage. I started up another playthrough and played in a kinder opposite manner than my original play strategy. I have arrived at a few conclusions, first off their is a large illusion of choice in this game. No matter what, you end up having to work with the mafia in some capacity. Second, you must walk this fine line between being good and bad which I find to be an interesting ethical situation. In some capacity, you are very much self-serving since you are constantly violating your morals or doing something good even though you just did a horrid act a few seconds earlier. This I think puts you in the position of a politician and really asks the ultimate ethical question, what will you do both good and bad, in order to succeed. Overall, the game is made up of minor ethical dilemmas or moral challenges but the bigger picture encourages you to do whatever must be done so you can retire. I am not against this situation, I think the point comes across loud and clear that the police will do whatever needs to be done to serve themselves or at least the police chief will. That being said, I wish the game allowed for the player to create and discover their own message rather than make it very apparent when you play a second time.
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    [January 17, 2018 10:27:58 PM]
    So I have now allied with the mafia which is pretty great. I let civilians be murdered and casinos robbed as I get paid. Once again it is fascinating to see the moral choices I am confronted with. The best part of the game is it really lets you play how you want. I am not forced to kill my officers or tumble down the slippery slope of corruption. I can choose to make these terrible decisions. I then have to face the repercussions of my actions. I feel this is a well-done simulation of ethical choices. I have a variety of tools at my disposal. It is still just a game and I am able to sleep at night after my appalling actions but I enjoy watching this ecosystem evolve before my eyes. I am still shocked by the creativity of the moral choices/conflicts and some of the absurd scenarios I am put through. I could see a game like this receiving harsh criticism for its content but I think it is making a point on the corruption in police forces. It addresses the issue of police at a time when police violence is in the spotlight. So far, I think This Is The Police is doing a wonderful job of making its point and I wish more games had the courage to do as powerful moral questioning in other areas of society as this does.
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    [January 16, 2018 07:27:19 PM]
    The moral choices you face while playing This Is Police are brilliant. I wanted to see how far I could push it and after setting up the death of my own black officers to prevent my station from coming under the scrutiny of racist gangs I felt like a pretty shitty person. In the end, I recognize it is just a game but I love how it shows the corruption in the police force. Now give this game may be a dramatized experience, I think a lot can be learned. I like the seriousness of the game from its vulgar language to its grapple with drug abuse, alcoholism, violence, the list just goes on and on. I wasn't uncomfortable at any point but I was a bit surprised when our main character called Troy Starr as he was in a sexual engagement, only to say "F**k you". Overall, I feel the content is very appropriate for the subject manner and is important to communicate the story and message. I felt there was an instant thought when I was forced to make a choice that I didn't really want. I had to either help Kendrick or watch his family die. I didn't want to do either, but I chose to help the poor fellow and watch myself descend into an abyss of mafia entanglement. I look forward to seeing what other terrible things I can do in the game as I become an even more corrupt police chief.
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    ollieschmolly's This is the Police (PC)

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    GameLog started on: Tuesday 16 January, 2018

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