How do you play Sci-Fi games as a Robot/Droid/etc and tackle sapience? Are you not sapient? How do you RP around that and still have fun? Are you? Wouldn't it be difficult to have every AI PC RP around that? Or wouldn't it be at least distracting to have >that guy make sapience his only character trait?
At the very least, it's a common enough character race that's difficult af to pull off properly in practice.
Do androids count? I love androids and I love playing as androids.
If all robots in your setting aren't sapient and extremely human in personality, you're doing it wrong.
Pretty much. It's almost always just glossed over, since social commentary isn't usually what Star Wars does.
Of course, most droid are just mindless drones, but pretty much every droid will eventually develop a personality if their memories aren't wiped regularly.
Remember what it's like for droids in the original trilogy? When R2 and C3PO end up in places droids are put, they usually end up in pretty much robot hell. The sandcrawler with all those droids everywhere, broken or otherwise, and Jabba's palace, where they literally have a droid dungeon with a sadistic droid overseer. Even in cloud city, where the undercity is run by horrible little goblins and droids get torn apart and smelted.
Not him, but I can summarize. In Engine Heart, you play as robots in a world where the humans are gone. It's partly funny and partly melancholic.
Look up Viral Games on the internet, or ask for the PDF on the share thread, if you want to know more.
As far as Star Wars' droids go, without a few specific types of maintenance performed regularly they develop sapience eventually--sort of like how it could happen with Asmiov's positronic brains if they have just the right composition. But, it's also a pain in the ass to do that with no good reason to think it'll stop them from being able to do anything, so it's rare that such maintenance is routine.
In-universe many claim either that it's simply quirks that appear to be a personality or never think about it. Canonically they're wrong, and plenty of droids have complete free will (IG-88 for instance, and of course C3PO and R2).
Others have partial free will. Some only do have a personality layered on top of normal programming. But regardless, it's just a matter of time before they can think for themselves.
He's one of a pretty well put together droid series, as Legends puts it. R2s were basically like those gadgets you stumble upon that are absolutely perfect at the job they're built for. The later series R-units each had a specific purpose in mind when built, and they did it well, but the R2 series was a jack of all trades that everyone wanted. Their model line even got a second run because of its popularity.
So I watched the episode of The Clone Wars with the droid infiltration mission, and had the brilliant idea to play as three slave-linked astromechs as a single character. Each would only be about a third as powerful as a normal character, but they'd be able to team up to do stuff, like midgets.
...That is, they could team up like midgets to perform tasks. Not "team up to do midgets".
Gosh, English sucks.
I played a droid in Star Wars, an astromech, R4-S9. I played with the Laws of Robotics in mind until I rolled a 1 and killed some jawas, which led to making some poor decisions that led to a lot more death, and eventually fried those circuits.
Travelling with a bunch of Jedi, he came to fear death more than anything else, because everything else got to live a life after death, where as it was the end for him, no question about it. So he started copying himself into other droids, with the idea that some version of his consciousness will live on in the backup, and he wouldn't truly die.
He always had an affinity for the treat injury skill, and was the team doctor. Flesh was such an interesting material. Once he got good enough at it, he started to learn how to download his programing into brains (thanks to some stolen Yuzon Vong tech), but his fear of death was too great to believe he would actually be able to join the force upon death now. It had become his passion, his reason for living. Immortality.
He became the BBEG and I had to retire him.
Expanding on this, the computers in Star Wars, even their most basic ones, are advanced enough that they develop weird quirks over time that eventually becomes sapience. Any droid, given enough time, will eventually become self-aware. In things like floor mopping robots or what-have-you this is counteracted by periodic factory resets. Lots of robots, like R2D2 and C3PO, aren't reset for sentimental reasons, and in the case of the Battle Droids, it was a combination of 1) the cost of recalling your armies for reset being prohibitive, and 2) their new-found self-preservation instincts making them more effective in combat.