What @JasonR86 said is pretty much how I feel.
Accidentally I've been known to drag lawmen behind my car or horse and just fling them around all over the place.
But! I did give them a 3 second chance to figure out how to get my grappling hook/lasso off their legs before heading into the sunset.
It depends on the game. In Saints Row 2 and the Third, for instance, I drove on the sidewalk more than I did the road just to see how many people I could knock into the air. Obviously, when cops caught me, I would shoot back at them, no problem.
In RDR, I don't aim to kill lawmen at all.
I guess a good general rule is that yes, I am going to at some point attack or be attacked by the local law enforcement. It's an open world game, that's just how stuff goes. The characters in those games can only feasibly be painted as violent anti-heroes at best because of it.
I try my damnedest not to kill cops or guards or whatever the equivalent is, even in GTA. Unless it's story related, I generally never find much fun in randomly killing people in open world games; I'm there for exploration, not homicidal rampages.
They are usually put in the game to enforce rules, and i usually play games to being able to break the rules without innocent getting hurt. So yes i kill cops when i have too. And i also agree that the title was pretty unnecesary. Its lile saying "do you enjoy watching movies where people get raped? Except pulp fiction where its basically the point" A ; rape enjoyer B : i dont enjoy rape
Most times I try to choose actions in games that the designers typically designate as "good karma." Being a pacifist in games is also often a fun challenge, as well as leaving me feeling pretty good about myself. So if cops are depicted as "good guys," in a game, I avoid harming them.
Then there's Roy Earle...I tried sooo hard to kill him.
Hay guys, have you heard about this game called "The Grand Theft Auto"? I saw a story on the news about it. Apparently you score points for killing cops and having graphic sex with prostitutes.
That's basically what I imagine someone that thinks cop killing is the point of GTA would say if asked to elaborate.
Saints Row games? Yes. GTA games? Yes. LA Noire? I can't remember, but if you can I probably did. Definitely did in Red Dead. Sleepy Dawgs? Naturally.
Much like Ice Cube, I'll swarm on any mother fucker wearing blue.
Alternatively I'm a sociopath who hates authority figures but also a coward & so fulfil my murderous desires in video games.
Or it's just video games, I can tell the difference between real life & games, & just find it fun trying to lose 6 stars of notoriety & the quickest way to get 6 stars is to attack the police
I attempt to avoid killing anything that isn't hostile or threatening. Sometimes I run people over in Sleeping Dogs, but that's not a conscious choice, that's just a limit of how much patience I have to try weaving out of the way.
I tell you what they need in those games is a Don't Be An Asshole button. Because sometimes I just want to step through a crowd in order to leave a building, but the game forces me to knock over old ladies because it has no middle ground between standing completely still and bodychecking fools.
Simply put, I kill anyone who gets in my way. If cops or the city guard or what-have-you try and arrest me for playing my character the way I feel he/she needs to be, then I'll hold no quarter against them. I don't seek out law enforcement to cause trouble, but if they come looking for me, I'll finish it...and them.
Actually I try to avoid cops in GTA, they will actually give you trouble if you piss them off and don't lose them quickly enough. Saint's Row is the only game series where I don't really care if I actually take out a cop or not because that games whole point is being over the top and insane, not to mention it isn't that hard to evade them or last a long time against them.