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Ethics and Video Games Podcast

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...

Jun 22, 2021

When kids play video games to the point where it interferes with their life, whose responsibility is it to help them avoid addiction and get back to living a healthy lifestyle? 

Most places assume that the responsibility lies with the player or parent and leave it to them to deal with it.  But in South Korea and China...

Jun 15, 2021

To take a bunch of different moral decisions in a game and count them in some way as if they’re related, comparable, or calculable requires a “morality system”.  

In part 1 of our exploration of morality systems, we looked at various types of morality systems and why it was so hard to quantify or even organize...

Jun 8, 2021

It’s one thing to design a game where the player is forced to make moral choices, and another to systemize those choices so that they’re collectively integrated within the game somehow.  To take a bunch of different moral decisions in a game and treat them as if they’re related, comparable, or calculable requires...

Jun 1, 2021

How does consent come into play in the world of gaming? 

We look at how the idea of player consent works within the RPG table-top role playing community and explore this idea of consent in terms of how you treat players might be applied to video games.