4. Grave robbing (Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion)
In every culture that buries its dead, they do so with the expectation that the deceased will remain undisturbed forever. They are buried with but a few of their worldly possessions. Some have a bit of coin for the boatman, a wedding ring as a symbol of undying love, or even a prized weapon that has seen a noble warrior through countless battles.
But as the ‘Hero of Kvatch’, stalks through the halls of ancient tombs and ruins; no grave, no sarcophagus, and no coffin is safe from your prying fingers. That coin, that ring, and that weapon – once objects of immeasurable significance and value- are now only trinkets to be pocketed or hawked.
Did you ever think that all the zombies, ghosts, wraiths, and skeletons wandering around Tamriel might be the result of such blatant disrespect?
Above: GIVE IT BAAAAAAACK!
3. Peddling drugs to children (Fallout 3)
‘Right’ and ‘Wrong’ in a lawless, resource starved wasteland are anomalous concepts indeed. However, it takes a special breed of amorality to provide a steady stream of highly addictive and dangerous substances to prepubescent xenophobic children holed up in a cave. But in the ‘Fungus Deal’ side quest, that’s precisely what the Lone Wanderer does. ‘Buffout’ treats rickets, ‘Mayor’ MacCready assures you – and while it’s true that steroids (which is what ‘buffout’ IS for-all-intents-and-purposes) can be used to help treat rickets, at some point between 20 – 45 bottles of the stuff, ‘medicinal’ becomes ‘recreational’.
Now we all know the effects of long-term anabolic steroid abuse, but pair that with the trace amounts of the Forced Evolution Virus that everyone’s breathing in; and the town of Little Lamplight is likely to become the next breeding ground for a new tiny-testicled horde of horror to be set upon the wastes.
Above: Increased aggression. One of the first signs of steroid abuse