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Ethics and Video Games Podcast

May 10, 2022

Someday people may be gods – all powerful entities able to control the physics of virtual worlds and the functionalities of NPCs.  We might even give NPCs free will, a soul, or immortality – who knows what else?  In this episode we have fun thinking about some of the moral choices that would come with being a video...


Apr 26, 2022

We’ve done 40 episodes about ethics and video games and the word “God” or “Religion” never came up.  How do religion and video games connect with one another and what can the religious ethics of Paul Tyllich tell us about how to approach video games?

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Our guest, Benjamin J....


Apr 12, 2022

There’s lots of research going on about video games.  Some of it involves product testing like VR games or the effectiveness of interfaces.  Some of it looks at the impact of gaming on players for things like violence, sexism, and addiction.  What ethical concerns come into play when doing research like this on live...


Mar 29, 2022

Video game transactions are a highly unusual, perhaps unique, business model.  Our guest Elie Cohen essentially calls it an exploitative scheme where “the house never loses”.  It’s not that they’re always bad, but they easily can be exploitative, wrong, or simply “uncool”.  What can or does make...


Mar 15, 2022

There’s deception in Among Us and bluffing in Poker.  But then there are multiplayer games where players you trusted will scam, betray, and backstab you to get ahead.  Few things can be as upsetting in a game as being the victim of such treacherous play.  But what, if anything, is wrong with playing...