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Ethics and Video Games Podcast

Jan 18, 2022

One way to think about games is as experiences tailored to give us agency – to provide us with clear values and motivations and then force us to overcome obstacles in pursuit of those values and motivations.  Engaging our agency in a variety of ways, games can make us more free, but in ways that also pose interesting...


Jan 4, 2022

In ‘Knights of the Al-Aqsa Mosque’ you play as a Palestinian resistance fighter working to end the occupation of Palestine.  It’s a game where you play someone that looks like a person games typically depict as a terrorist, but from the perspective of that person and his group being the good guys.  The game...


Dec 21, 2021

Online multiplayer games are notorious for having hopelessly toxic environments where harassment and griefing abound.  And then there’s the cheaters and hackers… Game companies are obviously aware of the problem and have both moral and financial reasons to make player interaction more ethical – and still the...


Dec 7, 2021

When and how much is it ok for one game to “borrow” elements from another game?  We often think of these sorts of things through the idea of “intellectual property”.  What exactly is that idea and how should it apply to video games?


Nov 23, 2021

What is it to “be” a gamer? How did the gamer “identity” become both masculinized and marginalized? How has this impacted female players and is the “gamergirl” identity useful or counter-productive for female players?  We chat with Dr. Amanda Cote who argues that video games are in a crisis of authority...