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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...


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...


Nov 9, 2021

John Gibson, the (now former) CEO of Tripwire Games tweeted an opinion about a newly enacted and unpopular Texas law.  The Gaming Goat released images of their fishing game-themed game that showed a frog that looked like it was communicating symbols of white power.  Both complain that they then became targets...


Oct 26, 2021

In our ethics news and bits episodes we grab a few recent news items that we want to chat about, but not devote an entire episode to.  This time around we look at China’s dramatic new restrictions on when kids can play and controversies around the content warnings of two dating games.