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Ethics and Video Games Podcast

Sep 27, 2022

We encounter poverty in lots in games.  We might play in a GTA-“ghetto” or interact with people in a “slum” using common tropes our culture has about the poor.  We might be poor ourselves and set out to level up through the tropes of wealth and power.  Sometimes our real world economic capacity can even be a...


Sep 13, 2022

In esports, players trash talk, fans trash talk – even  commentators trash talk! 

Sometimes trash talk is fun harmless banter, but other times is unsportsmanlike and shows disrespect for the game or other players.  And, of course, trash talk can easily turn into harassment.   What norms do esports have about...


Aug 29, 2022

Game development is often a creative collaboration among people with very different skill sets, passions, and worldviews.  What does it mean to treat the people you’re working with in projects like these as a part of a team?  What does it mean to respect one another?  What can be done when interpersonal conflict...


Aug 16, 2022

When we heard that David Churchill hosts an AI competition with the Real Time Strategy game Starcraft, we were instantly fascinated.  We wanted to know what cheating concerns a competition among AIs raises, and also what real world implications arise when training AIs to control strategic military assets in a game.  Dr....


Aug 2, 2022

Have you ever considered how gaming and game companies contribute to environmental problems like global climate change?  We haven’t!  At least not until we spoke and were inspired by our guest Paula Escuadra to think about the many ways that game companies and design can help bring about a...