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Ethics and Video Games Podcast

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 trash talk and where should we draw the line between morally acceptable and unacceptable trash talk?


Our guest, Sidney Irwin, is a PhD candidate at the School of Health, Medical and Applied Sciences at Central Queensland University. She is currently working on a dissertation exploring the psychological aspects of esports - specifically on trash talk and consumer perspectives (for the players, the fans, and industry workers)



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Hosted by Shlomo Sher, Ph.D. and Andy Ashcraft

Production by Carmen Elena Mitchell

Music and graphics by Daniel Sher