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Ethics and Video Games Podcast

Dec 13, 2022

Putting blockchain and NFTs into games and marketing that as Play to Earn promises a revolution in gaming that will make money for both game studios and players.  It’s a win-win for everybody! – or is it just hype created by cryptobros to ruin games by turning them into money-making machines?  What is the promise of Play to Earn supposed to be and what ethical concerns does it raise with regards to how it treats both players and developers?


Our guest for this episode is Dr. Tom Rodgers, a Sociologist and Criminologist working at the University of Sunderland UK. He is interested in the commercial logics of the videogames industry, specifically how the industry has experimented with – and ethically justified – methods of measurement and monetization. He has also published work on how videogames offer up ‘ethically exceptional’ experiences in the British Journal of Criminology. Tom is also the co-founder of the international video games research network MultiPlay.



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

Production by Carmen Elena Mitchell

Music and graphics by Daniel Sher