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Ethics and Video Games Podcast

Episode 24: Video Games and Our Real Bodies

Aug 31, 2021

We’re used to thinking about games as fantasy worlds we escape to, while leaving our bodies behind.  In this traditional perspective of gaming, video games liberate us from our bodies and free us to be anyone and anything.  But, is that really the case?  In this episode we speak with Dr. Rob Cover, who rejects this...

Aug 24, 2021

This is the second episode in our "Andy and Shlomo design a game" series.  In this game, we want to tackle the issue of crime and punishment.  That’s right, we want to make a game dealing with the complex ethical questions around how we treat criminals.


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Aug 16, 2021

In this episode we’ll be walking through a game, in this case ‘Dragon City’ a free-to-play game by Socialpoint games through an ETHICAL lens.  It’s a game review, but instead of talking about fun or value or quality, we’ll just be talking about certain game features that might be morally problematic.  These...

Aug 10, 2021

It seems obvious that we would respond differently to the moral dimension of a game that we’re playing, as opposed to the moral dimension of a movie we’re watching or a book that we’re reading.  But what are these differences?  And are there ways that we psychologically engage with morality that are unique to...

Aug 3, 2021

How can ethics play a role in game design?  What’s the point of teaching of ethics to game design students? 

Our guest, game scholar Jose Zagal (@JoseZagal) is not just a pioneer on this subject, but also teaches one of only two classes in the world for game design students on the subject of Ethics and Video...