Do an experiment, go online, and check rules on things like apartment complexes, job listings, credit institutions.
You'd be amazed, but as a felon, you can't live in most apartment complexes, some HOA's have rules against felons in neighborhoods, and most trailer parks(at least here in Georgia) won't allow you to live there if you have a record.
So that's all the cheap places to live, let's talk jobs.
You basically won't get a job with a record in today's economy, it was bad enough before states started offering a "Yes/No" response to "Does this person have a record" now, don't even bother applying.
Some credit card companies will turn you down if you are a felon now.
So basically, for an example, say you do something stupid when you are a teenager. That one stupid thing follows you for the erst of your life, after serving your sentence, which supposedly pays your debt to society.
But it never ends. And people wonder why so many criminals turn back to crime after the first time getting caught?
Our society is a "One Strike and you're out" society.
Think about the fact that for example, in many states, you can be arrested for "Felony Speeding" Some states will arrest you for battery or assault for hitting the guy who tried to mug you, or the guy who broke into your house. You can get charged with Animal Cruelty for hitting the dog that bit you to get him to let go(I have a friend who is a felon because of an attack like this, I testified that it was self-defense at his trial, cause he took the bite for me after the dog jumped its fence)
Many states have "Repeat Offender" laws, where things like trespassing(a misdemeanor) can be turned into felony by doing it more than twice in 5(ten in GA) years.
I have known people who committed crimes simply so they could have a place to stay in winter, because they are forced to become homeless after committing a crime as a teenager and being tried as an adult.
And think about this, if you break the law, you are a criminal. Drive Buzzed? Yep. Go one mile an hour over the speed limit? Yep. Cross the street outside of the crosswalk? Yep. Spit on the sidewalk? Yep. Throw your cigarette butt out the window/on the ground? Yep. Cuss in front of children? In many states, yes. Pull up onto an intersection and have your front tires over/on the line? Yep.
Things just about every single person does every day, and it makes them a criminal. After all, the definition of criminal is someone who breaks a law.
The Regular Guys here in Atlanta have lunches each week where they go to different restaurants in the area and eat lunch, while talking with the fans that show up. It's gotten to the point that restaurants call in and offer them stuff to have a lunch there cause the crowd that gathers is so large.
Sadly, this is going to lose them alot of customers, and they will simply blame piracy as the problem anyway, not lack of actual sales due to supreme idiocy on their own part.
Plus, you now know that this game is A: going to be so linear that bad decisions simply will not be possible, because that would make the game truly unplayable from that save point on(if you saved after the bad decision but didn't know it)
and B: that it will hand-hold you through every possible moment, because with only one save, you literally will not be able to do anything but play it like a rail shooter.
and C: There will be no "Rare Unlocks" as you will HAVE to be forcefed every bit of content on your first run through the game, so difficulty of anything will be set for the lowest skilled person on the planet.