I wondered how people usually play games (not just DayZ) when facing moral choices.
I realise people will often play 'good' then look at other play styles afterwards, but I'm interested in what you would choose initially.
EDIT (with comparison of results)
Ok guys, this thread is dying, so I thought I would update it with the results from a study on moral gaming choices. ( Dayz Community. Results from other study [OS] ). Note that percentages have been rounded.
When playing a game with moral choices, I most often tend to:
- Play good ( 45% Dayz; 59% OS)
- Play Evil ( 8% DayZ; 5% OS)
- Play with no particular intention (47% Dayz; 39% OS)
Do you feel that you try to do in the game what you would do in reality?
- Always ( 10% DayZ; 10% OS)
- Usually ( 42% DayZ; 55% OS)
- Sometimes ( 26% DayZ; 23% OS)
- Rarely ( 16% DayZ; 9% OS)
- Never ( 5% DayZ; 3% OS)
It's hard to draw any real conclusions, as the study and this poll has flaws, both with the questions, method and sample sizes. However, it's fun to draw some quick comparisons.
When people are making moral choices, the DayZ community seems to play with no particular intention far more than playing good when compared to the study group, there is also an increase in people who 'play evil'.
The DayZ community is less likely to match moral choices in real life with choices they make in game, with 16% saying 'rarely' compared to 9% in the other study. This suggests players in the DayZ community are less likely to be moral in games compared to their everyday lives.
I think this shows that the DayZ community is actually more ethically healthy and has more scope for moral imagination than the general gaming community. Acting evil in game is in no way an indication of how people act in real life and the DayZ community seems to be more accepting of this fact, saying that, the average DayZ player you will encounter is more likely to do 'bad things' in a game than your average Joe.
Thanks everyone for taking part in the poll, and the study I got the comparison results from is here:
And another interesting article about ethics in gaming:
Edited by tenshu, 02 May 2014 - 10:59 AM.