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Ethics and Video Games Podcast

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 unethical behavior persists.  What makes ethics in online multiplayer games such a hard problem to tackle and what can we do about it?


Our guest, Lucy Sparrow, is a PhD researcher at the University of Melbourne, Australia. Her research examines the ethics of multiplayer digital gameplay and design. Lucy also works as an academic editor and has held research and teaching positions in ethics and game design at universities across Hong Kong and Australia. You can find her on twitter at: @lucyamsparrow



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Hosted by Shlomo Sher, Ph.D. and Andy Ashcraft

Production by Carmen Elena Mitchell

Music and graphics by Daniel Sher