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Ethics and Video Games Podcast

Dec 20, 2022

When a player steps into a game, often that game will have a political structure and the player’s choices in that structure may respond to their sense of justice.  That sense of justice can also connect us as groups or factions in games.  Can these factions engage in unethical in-game political action?  Can players in massive multi-player games be considered citizens of those gameworlds in some sense?  If so, can those worlds be tyrannical or benign dictatorships?  Does justice demand giving players in such games democratic representation?


Our guest for this episode is James "Pigeon" Fielder, Ph.D. - a Colorado State University political scientist who researches interpersonal trust and emergent political processes through cyber-based interaction and through tabletop and live-action gaming as natural experiments. He is the Chief Operating Officer for roleplaying game company Mobius Worlds Publishing  and consults on organizational wargaming, crisis response exercises, and scenario planning.



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

Production by Carmen Elena Mitchell

Music and graphics by Daniel Sher