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Ethics and Video Games Podcast

Sep 5, 2023

There are over 50 million players over the age of 50 in the USA alone and those numbers will only continue to grow for an activity that’s too often viewed as “kids’ stuff”.  How and when do older players engage with online gaming communities?  Do designers need to be concerned about monetizing techniques that...

Jun 6, 2023

How can ads for video games and for stuff in games be deceptive or manipulative?  What do  they need to consider when targeting kids?  What sort of guidance do they get from governments or their own industry groups?  We chat with Dr. Celia Pontin, former UK advertising regulator specializing in video games.

Apr 25, 2023

What should we think about when we bring sex and intimacy into video games?  In this episode, we explore issues of player sexuality, in-game intimacy, representations of consent, and how video games can take chances and explore sexuality responsibly.


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Feb 28, 2023

How would you make a game about a topic as important, complex, hard to talk about,, and NOT fun at all as domestic violence against children? We chat with Mathew Staunton about his game in progress on this topic and the ethical and design challenges it faces.


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Feb 14, 2023

Toxicity in online gaming is an incredibly complex problem to solve. Teams of moderators often seem hopelessly outmatched by the amount of toxicity and its sometimes ambiguous nature.  But, what if we brought an AI into the game to help us with both toxicity and fraud by bots, which are essentially other AI?  In this...