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Ethics and Video Games Podcast

Jul 27, 2021

Trolls are the jerks of the gaming world.  They provoke, they insult, they disrupt, they get their gaming pleasure from messing with other players emotions and messing up their games.  It’s not hard to say that trolling it typically immoral, but are all trolls the same and is trolling ever justified? 

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Jul 20, 2021

When it comes to the possibility that video games might harm kids, a common and classic position is that game companies aren’t the ones responsible here.  It’s the parents job to make good decisions on behalf of their children, and to protect them as necessary.  If children do get harmed, the problem is lazy...


Jul 13, 2021

Asking “Why should you play games?” is very different from asking why you actually play games.   It’s an ethical question that also asks an existential question: “what’s the point of playing games?”. 

In this episode we explore how the answers we might give to these last two questions relate to the biggest...


Jul 6, 2021

Gamers and non-gamers alike have plenty of complaints about the ways game companies supposedly act irresponsibly. But in this episode, we’re going BIGGER than that! 

We’re going to look at 4 ideas about what any corporation is responsible for and apply these to today’s game companies.  Which idea is right and how...


Jun 29, 2021

When people point out sexism in games and game culture, the classic suggested prescription is that game companies need to hire more women.  The idea is that more women in game companies will bring a voice to call out sexist aspects of games, and bring a greater demand to protect female players from a somewhat...