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Ethics and Video Games Podcast

Nov 23, 2021

What is it to “be” a gamer? How did the gamer “identity” become both masculinized and marginalized? How has this impacted female players and is the “gamergirl” identity useful or counter-productive for female players?  We chat with Dr. Amanda Cote who argues that video games are in a crisis of authority...

Nov 9, 2021

John Gibson, the (now former) CEO of Tripwire Games tweeted an opinion about a newly enacted and unpopular Texas law.  The Gaming Goat released images of their fishing game-themed game that showed a frog that looked like it was communicating symbols of white power.  Both complain that they then became targets...

Oct 26, 2021

In our ethics news and bits episodes we grab a few recent news items that we want to chat about, but not devote an entire episode to.  This time around we look at China’s dramatic new restrictions on when kids can play and controversies around the content warnings of two dating games.

Oct 12, 2021

How can you responsibly design a game about an ongoing tragedy like the corona-19 pandemic?  How can you make ANY moral decision responsibly?  In this episode we introduce a step-by-step approach to think through any ethical decision – using the creation of a game based on the corona pandemic as our example.

Sep 28, 2021

Esport is in some ways similar to traditional sport competitions, but in other ways is a totally new kind of enterprise.  In this episode we chat with Dr. Matti Karhulati, who researches esports, about some of the unique concerns about fairness that arise in competitive gaming.


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