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#1 User is offline   Enigmarocket 

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Posted 18 April 2013 - 02:39 PM

Hey all! I'm responsible for the "Fundamental Legal Concepts in Gaming" ACen panel on Sunday morning (and a copanelist on "The Cultures Behind Avatar: The Last Airbender" panel on Fri. evening). I'm in the beginning stages of a non-ACen project and am drawing a bit of a blank. So, I thought I'd ask for help from fellow gaming experts. I'm looking for legal-esque proceedings portrayed in video games. In Chrono Trigger, for example, there's an entire "trial" where Chrono faces kidnapping charges. Essentially, are there other events in games where some authority imposed (or tried to impose) criminal/civil/military/etc. law on players or NPCs? I've also/already considered the Phoenix Wright series. The game's system doesn't matter, so feel free to respond with any game that isn't Chrono Trigger or Phoenix Wright. Thanks! :)

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Posted 18 April 2013 - 02:56 PM

Mass Effect about any moment where you have to prove yourself or defend someone/some race (ie the entire game)
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Posted 18 April 2013 - 03:33 PM

Ack! That's right! I forgot about Tali's trial. *smacks head* Thanks!

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Posted 18 April 2013 - 05:16 PM

Um...is something like BlazBlue what you're looking for? Ragna is a fugitive and a number of the other playable and non-playable characters are part of the group that's after him...
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Posted 18 April 2013 - 05:32 PM

Hmm. I'd not heard of that franchise until you mentioned it. Thanks! :) I read a brief synopsis and, correct me if I'm wrong, but it sounds like Ragna is trying to outrun bounty hunters who want to collect on the bounty. (I don't have much knowledge of that one, so I might be missing something) I was thinking more along the lines of getting busted & taken to the police station in the GTA series for committing crimes, Tali's trial in the Mass Effect franchise, or if (in some alternate reality where this actually happened) Master Chief were to be put in the brig for all the innocent NPC soldier's I've accidentally shot over the years.

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Posted 18 April 2013 - 08:30 PM

View PostEnigmarocket, on 18 April 2013 - 02:39 PM, said:

...I'm looking for legal-esque proceedings portrayed in video games. ...Essentially, are there other events in games where some authority imposed (or tried to impose) criminal/civil/military/etc. law on players or NPCs?


In Sakura Wars: So Long My Love (the fifth game in the series, but the only one with a translation), the main character Shinjiro spends part of Chapter Two getting prepared for a legal battle versus Sagitta (aka Cheiron in the dubbed version). The legal battle happens near the end of the chapter in the streets of Harlem. Like the rest of the game, it's very theatrical and not in any way realistic.

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Posted 18 April 2013 - 11:44 PM

LA Noir comes to mind, it seems like an obvious pick (like Phoenix Wright). There are a lot of detective games out there, like CSI and the Sam and Max titles.

There's that whole voting system in Disgaea, but I don't think that's quite what you're looking for.
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