I'm pissed that you can't kill kids anymore. Damn moral agenda.
Crazy Joe wrote:
I have yet to see kids in the game, but you sure can nuke an entire "city" and that's pretty immoral.
Are you leaning towards the bad karma.
I want it badly, but since you went ahead and got Warhead, Weezer, I guess that's my next purchase...
So I have a question for all of you that have it.
Is it hard or cumbersome to manage your radiation level?
Yep. Kids do exist, you're just not allowed to kill them except via a big plot point like that.
There is also a third kind of restriction on player freedom in the game, one that forbids a particular action both technically possible and narratively plausible.
In Fallout 3, you cannot kill children.
Writing for Edge Online this week, lead designer Emil Pagliarulo explained the decision to restrict murder to men, women, and animals in the game, forbidding the use of violence against children, something that was present in the previous Fallout titles.
"We began to think, really what benefit would there be in killing the kids?" he says. "It just seems gratuitous, unnecessary and cruel."
Pagliarulo states that killing children using Fallout 3's impressive engine is not something that would have passed ESRB checks anyway. That some violent games have grisly features cut or dulled in order to secure a specific rating is news to no-one, so why the need to elaborate on and justify the decision in the public sphere? Because, says Pagliarulo, the decision to self-moderate was a moral and ethical one.
Children are invincible and will run away when attacked.
What I AM annoyed with a little bit is the lack of real open-worldedness. When I'm in a city and I'm forced to take only two roads because every other street is conveniently blocked off by a mountain of rubble (that I should really be able to climb, but can't), it takes away from the immersion I was otherwise feeling.
Honestly, not being able to kill children didn't even cross my mind until other people brought it up, and it doesn't at all affect my gameplay... but then I'm not playing to be evil like Joe is, so maybe it's a real problem for him.