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Ethics and Video Games Podcast

Jun 21, 2022

It’s hard to imagine games without AI, but having AI in games also raises a host of ethical questions involving their use by players and game companies.  We explore the possible use of AI for cheating and manipulation, the importance of transparency, and responsibilities of AI’s programmers.

Jun 7, 2022

Game companies have lawyers to tell them how to operate within the law.  They have accountants and data analysts to tell them what is and is not profitable.  But it’s very rare for them to consult with an ethicist about the morality of their games or operations.  Well, we think that’s unfortunate and shortsighted. ...

May 24, 2022

Video games have been accused of being addictive and making players more violent and sexist.  Studies have been cited that confirm these claims.  And politicians suggesting laws limiting what video games can do have referenced the “scientific consensus” on these issues. But how does good research on these topics...

May 10, 2022

Someday people may be gods – all powerful entities able to control the physics of virtual worlds and the functionalities of NPCs.  We might even give NPCs free will, a soul, or immortality – who knows what else?  In this episode we have fun thinking about some of the moral choices that would come with being a video...

Apr 26, 2022

We’ve done 40 episodes about ethics and video games and the word “God” or “Religion” never came up.  How do religion and video games connect with one another and what can the religious ethics of Paul Tyllich tell us about how to approach video games?


Our guest, Benjamin J....