So in Episode 1 when Larry tries to kick Doug out of the drugstore and conflict arises, I chose the I option "Let's reason with him." Not because I didn't think Larry was being ridiculous or didn't want to side with Kenny, but because I thought it made the most sense. If the group was acting logically, they would have simply checked Doug for bites and made a decision from there. In my mind, provoking Larry would simply have made him more likely to kick us out and spared him of a reason to hate me (which turned out to be a futile effort). Yet Kenny still acted like I had betrayed him throughout the rest of the episode and the next one, constantly reminding me of the fact that I didn't defend Doug. For the most part, I've felt this game has done a good job of providing dialogue choices to express a variety of opinions on each issue. However this part really irked me. I wanted to get up in Kenny's face and yell at him, tell him that I did the right thing and he was wrong to provoke conflict.
But I couldn't. I just had to sit there and take his bullshit. I want to be frustrated with this game, but if anything, this hiccup has been a testament to how engaging I found it. Toward the beginning I tried to play well and pick the most just choices. But the thing that makes this game so good is that the choices aren't inherently moral. Play a game like Infamous and the choice is always destroy or save (given that those choices got a bit better in the sequel). The choices are usually between siding with one asshole or the other. I try to apply morality and survival tactics to my choices but it often comes down to who I like better. I don't even hate these people, because my choices become more similar to theirs as the game progresses. I also do irrational things. I killed both of the St. John brothers, just because I couldn't stand to hear what the first was saying and I simply didn't know what would happen if I didn't kill the second. Would he try to join us? I couldn't imagine it considering what happened to his mom. I see Clementine's face after I kill them and I immediately think "What the hell did I just do?" I don't even know what's going on anymore.
...This game is great. :)