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    VR hell, torture and suffering?

    A couple centuries in the future it might be possible for characters in video games to have a consciousness similar to our own. They'd assume that the reality they're presented with is real unless they were given evidence to the contrary (e.g. The Truman Show)
    These days people can get in big trouble for causing animal suffering. What about the suffering of characters in video games - they'd be able to reflect on their suffering and be aware that their suffering could be very long-lived.
    On the other hand what if people want to simulate a world like our own? In our world other characters are responsible for torture though - unless the main player in the game wanted to possess a character and torture people first-hand.
    What about people wanting to create the lake of fire or hell in a game? According to some Christians the lake of fire doesn't mean its creator (God) is sadistic - it is just a sign of his glory.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tzynfCuJRBY
    Maybe some Christians would think that it is blasphemy to be God in a RPG. They might think it is ok for God to send humans to the lake of fire to suffer forever but that it is sadistic for players to do the same thing in a game.

    Are there any novels or movies where people are concerned for the welfare of characters in video games (I think "Nirvana" is like that). Maybe there would be laws to eliminate certain kinds of suffering in games (such as eternal suffering). But some people might be really sadistic and there could be underground games to meet that demand which allow extreme suffering.

    Maybe characters in the game could believe in eternal suffering but it doesn't in fact happen.... ? - except in some near death experiences where people believe they'd visited a mild version of hell.

    One thing people might want to play is a torturer in the Holocaust.... it would probably be a banned game but it would be hard for the authorities to stop people secretly playing that game.

    BTW according to Optimus Prime, "Freedom is the right of all sentient beings."....
    Last edited by JohnClay; 01-01-2014 at 06:42 AM.

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    Married Mouth-breather JohnClay's Avatar
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    It could involve realistic computer-generated script-writing and acting.... and that solves the problem of suffering for non-player characters.
    Last edited by JohnClay; 01-01-2014 at 07:57 AM.

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    optimus prime is full of shit

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