On being bipolar in the game.
I started the game determined to go all Renegade on everyone’s business. I enjoyed being Renegade for the first few hours. I thought the female Shepard looking all scarred and glowy was awesome.
Playing Mass Effect 2 made me realize that…
My sense of justice and retribution as well as my rules on reward and punishment differs from situation to situation. I don’t know whether that’s good or bad but from the way I see it, I won’t make a very good judge. While I punish evil, I don’t punish them ~all~ the time. While I reward good, I don’t make good ‘possible’ all the time.
I spent a good deal of the game being bipolar. Paragon one minute, Renegade the next. My morality wheel is as even as the surface of a coffee table.
Let me paint a picture.Â [SPOILERS AHEAD, BE WARNED]
Garrus Loyalty Mission: Garrus wanted to kill Sidonis, the bastard who betrayed him. Female Shepard has the option to either spare Sidonis or let Garrus take the shot. If you listen to Sidonis a bit, you will find out that he has been miserable since that event and that he would voluntarily turn himself in if you would give him the chance. The Paragon thing to do is to let Sidonis live and atone for his actions. The Renegade thing to do is to just let Garrus get his bloody revenge.
Option Chosen: Renegade. Kill the fucking traitor.
Mordin Loyalty Mission: Mordin wanted to find Maelon, one of his students who went missing. He then finds out that Maelon has been conducting questionable research methods on Krogan test subjects. And by questionable I mean using live subjects, ultimately killing them to further his own agenda. Mordin wanted to kill Maelon for this inhuman (or is it inkrogan? lol sorry) practice. The Paragon thing to do is to stop Mordin from killing Maelon. The Renegade thing to do is to let Mordin kill the deluded bastard.
Option Chosen: Paragon. Do not kill the scientist testing on live Krogans.
I realize that my moralsÂ change depending on the situation. I sometimes make my companions spare the life of someone who has killed many, while I sometimes let them kill those they want to kill for their own satisfaction. Whatever this says about me as a person, I kind of don’t like it. I’ve always wanted to think that I have a fair and strict moral compass. Guess that isn’t true. Heh.
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