|Good vs evil is good in movies, not in my MMOs|
As I was reflecting on my last post about Wildstar and watching others have fun in the game, I realized there was something larger at work for me that I didn't capture in that post. I now understand that I don't want to play an online game where some of the people are playing the 'evil' side.
I have never role played in an MMO, but I do have roles for my different characters. I wish they were as clever as those in Tome of the Ancient but it is nothing so complicated. When I created Kanter, I knew that he would be a herbalist and alchemist. It didn't have anything to do with how it would help him earn money or be stronger, it was all about what kind of hunter he was. He has never changed professions since the beta for that reason.
I play good characters. I admire people who can play evil characters in television in movies, but I've always been the kind of person who gets emotionally involved in whatever I'd doing or watching and I can't imagine playing an evil character myself.
That could still allow me to play the good side, which is why I played Alliance in SWToR. However, that leaves half the players (hopefully, for balance) playing the evil side. With all the bad behavior in MMOs, I don't want to encourage it others by having their NPC role models do horrible things.
Superficially the Horde is the 'bad' side in World of Warcraft, but Blizzard has done a lot since Warcraft II to make it more complicated. Yes, there are evil characters, but I don't feel like either the Horde or Alliance is being portrayed as evil. Having your new Horde character hit lazy peons on the head is a far cry from performing experiments on people that kills them as happens at the beginning of Wildstar for the Dominion side.
I know there are a lot of people enjoying Wildstar right now and I'm very glad about that. The combat is interesting and even though I proved yet again that I can't do jumping puzzles by dying three times while trying to jump up a cliff in the game, I think it is great there is a lot to do besides combat. We need more polished MMOs with different ideas and I believe Wildstar contributes to it. But it isn't for me, and, I don't believe I'll ever seriously play an MMO that has a side that is portrayed as evil.