- "This game" Being Star wars the old republic, or swtor amongst friends.
What is it then, that I am talking about? It is, of course, the filosophy behind the -so called- dark side. And why The Jedi order are the bane of everything good in the universe.
Confused? well you should be... Possibly.
Allow me to start by explaining why I think that Dark side of the Force is really the good guys. And why I very much fear that Bioware may just not "get it", and if they do not, how I just may be forced to play the bad guys... The Jedi, that is.
Allright, now i'm confusing myself. Let's talk about why and how the Sith are the cure to the disease known as Jedi.
"If you seek to aid everyone that suffers in the galaxy, you will only weaken yourself … and weaken them. It is the internal struggles, when fought and won on their own, that yield the strongest rewards… If you care for others, then dispense with pity and sacrifice and recognize the value in letting them fight their own battles."
The dark side, ensures that the old saying of: 'give a man a fish and he can eat for a day, teach him *how* to fish, and he can eat every day' - holds true in the universe. Where the Jedi constantly craves and ensures that all beings in the universe become dependant on them, the Sith ensures that all they meet in the worlds become strong enough to fend for themselves.
Where the Jedi teach their students to fear emotions and never be swayed by personal feelings - to be cold and distant to the world, the Sith teaches us to use our emotions to control the Force to our means. The Jedi think that the force is a all knowing all seeing justifier and all mighty ruler of the galaxy. We know that the force is merely a tool to be used to our means.
They fear power, because they are the only ones who want to have any power. We embrace the search for power, because we want everyone to have their own power. To fuel that power with emotions, makes sure that the power you have are used for good. Fighting for the ones you love, or against those you hate will always ensure that you are on the right path.
The only ones the pesky Jedi scum fight, are those that would challenge the power they crave for themselves.
Why would you cheer for the Jedi slime? Why would you fall for their rotten gifts of day old fish? Join the dark side, We will teach you to fish for yourself and not be the lap-dogs of self-righteous-holier-than-thou-asshats!
Is there really any choice? Is it no obvious which path is the right one to follow?
Why I fear that Bioware will screw up on making this game great.
If it was not obvious to everyone at the end of the above, then that was my attempt to show how and why the dark side (if done right), could have a moral high-ground. Or at the very least *FEEL* that they have one, against the Jedi.
That would make the conflict, not so much be about good versus bad, but a philosophical one of using the force or being used by the force. Where the Jedi pray that the force is with them, and try and listen to what the force have to tell them, the Sith could be the ones who bends the force to follow them.
That would make for an interesting game-conflict.
Unfortunetely for my hopes, you really have to read a LOT of stuff into the previous Old Republic game(s), in order to see this interpritation of the force.
Instead you see the boring old
I am a bad guy, so I will betray everyone, even if it has no meaning whatso'ever in my attempts to reach my goals, i'm the bad guy, so i will do bad things.Or
I am the janitor/cleaning lady/grunt/general/lawyer/warrior of the Sith and I will spit on you and be an complete asshole in every way, because I am bad and you are good... or you may be bad, but I don't care!!
Every single Sith you meet in those games (i've only played through the first one again recently... so if anyone remembers otherwise please enlighten me), are cartoon villain evul. Everyone.
How can you build up a society that rivals the Empire, with that attitude from everyone? Betrayal, just for the sake of it? scheming and plotting against everyone.
Imagine the builders of one of the space-ships in that universe: He will install faults in the main-line, that will cause the ship to explode on the first attempt at lightspeed. He will then go home, and have dinner, but be poisoned by his wife since her plot was to get impregnated by a distant cousin to darth malaaalalala and then inherent his worksman pension.
They wouldn't get anything done. It is stupid and silly to assume that they all act like this, yet, in former bioware games, this is how the Sith work. Just like the Dark choices your character has to make: Burn an orphin or kick a puppy or go do your mission. You have to go out of your way and be evil in order to get dark side points. There is NO allure of the dark side, there is no point in getting dark side points, other than wanting to roleplay a baddie.
If this is the path the chose to go down in swtor, then I just might have to end up rolling a Jedi, since all of a sudden those emotional-blackmailing good for nothing force-worshippers, might be my only hope at playing a normal guy.