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Episode 2372: Dungeons and Draggin’s

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In games with sentient or sentient-seeming robots, there are societal questions to be considered about their status. Are they treated like citizens with full rights, just like organic beings? Are they lower-class citizens, with restricted rights? Are they discriminated against, or accepted for who they are? Are they treated as property, with no rights of their own at all?

This leads to many secondary questions about robots: Can they be called upon to give evidence in court? Can they have a job and earn money? Can they vote? Can they sue people? Can they marry?

If your game has robots, ask some of these questions. And don't necessarily take what you think is the more obvious answer. Try taking the other answer, or say, "This is something that society is currently struggling with."

Commentary by memnarch (who has not seen the movie)

Heh, that's almost the same phrase used way back in Episode IV! That's a pretty strong guard as well; Finn and Rey had to lift BB down into the hiding spot on the Falcon last episode. Of course, the guard probably doesn't care if BB gets damaged, so perhaps that explains it a little. BB-8's also lucky he didn't lose his head again.

Time for a change of scenery now? This has the feel of a finished scene signaled by the sound, and Finn and Rose still need to be dragged off somewhere. So where to next? It's been a little bit since we've seen the First Order along with Sally, so perhaps there? Alternatively, we get to see what Poe's up to. I think it'll be extremely amusing if Poe's gone chasing after Rey and Chewie.

Transcript

GM: The guards drag the limp Finn and Rose away. One picks up BB-8.
BB-8: I’m not with them!
Guard: Okay. But it doesn’t matter.
BB-8: Why not?
Guard: You’re a droid. You’ll have to wait outside. We don’t want you here.
BB-8: Where are you taking them?
Guard: To the dungeon!
BB-8: ... Why don’t I wait out in the street? I don’t want any trouble.
Guard: Oh, you’ll be out on the street in a minute.
Guard: You’re just lucky we can’t make you testify against them in court.
GM: The guard carries you to the casino entrance and tosses you out.
[SFX]: Clang!!
Guard: We don’t serve your kind here!


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