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Ethics and Video Games Podcast

Jun 6, 2023

How can ads for video games and for stuff in games be deceptive or manipulative?  What do  they need to consider when targeting kids?  What sort of guidance do they get from governments or their own industry groups?  We chat with Dr. Celia Pontin, former UK advertising regulator specializing in video...

May 23, 2023

In this episode we explore some of the ethical issues related to kinks in video games – mostly adult ones.  How can games allow us to explore kinks?  What are some ethical pitfalls designers should consider?  How do issues like representation and consent fit in?

May 9, 2023

We’ve rarely discussed the specific category of adult games on this podcast.  So, we do so here and now and honestly, with a bit more speculation and off-the-cuff “let’s try this idea out and see if it sticks” mentality.  We explore whether adult games should be treated differently than other types of...

Apr 25, 2023

What should we think about when we bring sex and intimacy into video games?  In this episode, we explore issues of player sexuality, in-game intimacy, representations of consent, and how video games can take chances and explore sexuality responsibly.


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Apr 11, 2023

How do players morally engage with games?  What can user experience research and moral psychology tell us about how players experience and think about ethical decisions in games?  We chat with philosopher Paul Formosa and Game Designer Malcolm Ryan about their collaborative ongoing research exploring these...