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Why Do I Get So Much Hate For Playing Light-Side Sith?

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Why Do I Get So Much Hate For Playing Light-Side Sith?

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jovianus
03.19.2013 , 08:31 PM | #31
Quote: Originally Posted by LadyKohastFel View Post
My agent on empire side is LS purely because she takes the pragmatic view of not breaking potentially useful tools that she can use in the future.

She will not simply kill a prisoner, but she will make sure that they live so that they can end up serving the empire whether or not they are aware of it in the future.

She is not exactly nice either because even the LS choices on an imperial character tend to have a grimdark end to them so that for instance a prisoner who you spare may well have a full interrogation at the hands of the sith or imperial intelligence in their future with any number of sharp pointy objects being used on them.
I followed mostly the same idea with my Agent, he won't kill needlessly, but won't bat an eye if people need to die because they're in the way or the mission needs to be protected. This kept him pretty much neutral through most of Chapter 1, but since pretty much the end of Alderaan I've noticed a distinct lack of pragmatic Dark Side options. Now they seem to be mostly 'lolmurder' and 'screw the Empire! what can you do for ME?'.

Which I think is a problem with arguments regarding LS Imperials and DS Pubs, both sides seem to have a peculiar effect where long-term thinking gets you the 'wrong' alignment for your faction.

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JLazarillo
03.19.2013 , 09:56 PM | #32
I've never seen someone complain about this sort of thing. The closest I have come into contact with is really the opposite, players who act like immature jerks to other players, griefing or simply stealing objectives in the name of "roleplaying" an evil character.

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drug_cartel
03.20.2013 , 01:54 AM | #33
I honestly believe that the game is designed for characters not to be purely Light or purely Dark, but (like most people in the real world) some sort of mixture of grey.

The Trooper is supposed to be loyal to the Republic, but on Ord Mantel he is made to make a choice between returning stolen medicine to it's rightful owners, the soldiers who are injured defending the Republic civilians, or giving it back to the thieves who took it to care for civilians. If you are a soldier who believes in loyalty, honesty, or who understands that without soldiers to defend them, even more of the civilians will be hurt and killed by Separatists, you go Dark Side. If you support lying, stealing, neglecting one's duty, and allowing personal emotions to interfere with your ability to make objective decisions, then you get the Light Side points. Even though the Trooper is Republic, any actually decent Trooper is going to have to make a Dark Side decision there.

In contrast, when the Sith Warrior is to pass judgement during his trials, executing the Assassin is deemed the Dark Side decision, but Master Tremel makes it quite clear upon returning that it was a waste of a potentially valuable resource and that any decent Sith would have brought her into the Empire to work for us now (Light Side choice).

Too many people obsess over that White Sun or Red Triangle and don't actually pay attention to what the real decision is. I think you'll find that your Sith Warrior occasionally has to get his hands dirty if he wants to make something of himself, but quite often any forward-thinking, ambitious Sith would go Light Side in order to maintain valuable contacts, make allies, or preserve resources.

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AelixVII
03.20.2013 , 02:51 PM | #34
I've never gotten grief from that, but I get the most grief picking dark side options when I play republic characters. I have to explain to people I've already played enough light side republic characters.

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Inyodo
03.20.2013 , 03:10 PM | #35
Quote: Originally Posted by darksidechemist View Post
It's your guy; play it the way you want. Tell the nerd ragers to f off.
Unnecessary quote, but I just agree with you. I try to play my main purely darkside, and that's just because it's my character and that's how I want him to be. Play how you want; you're the one paying to play (if you're subscribed ), and if not then it's still your story! I play my games pretty seriously; I guess some people just take it too far these days, and that's saying a lot coming from this guy. I usually have the chat turned off and rarely ever team up with randoms if I don't have to.
"I'm falling, down into my shadow"

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BrianDavion
03.20.2013 , 03:24 PM | #36
here's the way I look at it, LS and DS in this game are kinda releitive. just because you choose a LS option on a Sith doesn't mean it's nesscarily all sunshine and lollypops. The Sith Empire is, put bluntly, evil. it's a society founded on opression, slavery and all sorts of other icky things.

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Keitanic
03.22.2013 , 07:51 AM | #37
Quote: Originally Posted by AelixVII View Post
I've never gotten grief from that, but I get the most grief picking dark side options when I play republic characters. I have to explain to people I've already played enough light side republic characters.
Amen to that. You choose a dark side option when playing republic and its like you kicked the persons dog...the outrage!!

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psandak
03.22.2013 , 08:00 AM | #38
Quote: Originally Posted by Keitanic View Post
Amen to that. You choose a dark side option when playing republic and its like you kicked the persons dog...the outrage!!
I think you're taking the comments too seriously. In my experience, when a dark side choice wins in a republic FP some players will chat "boo" or ":-(" or "awww." These are meant as friendly jabs not outrage.

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Stressfire
03.22.2013 , 08:04 AM | #39
Did no one actually pay attention to Kreia?

Light is not always good, dark is not always evil.

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zzoorrzz
03.22.2013 , 08:52 AM | #40
Personally I don't understand the purpose of light side Sith... such character would probably commit suicide on Korriban and that'd be end of his/her saga :-)