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Video Gaming: Playing With Ethics?

March 9, 2011

Transcript and podcast of a Game ethics panel held at the Tech Museum on Nov. 29, 2005 by the Santa Clara University Markkula Center for Applied Ethics

“First of all, is gaming addictive? And there are all these urban legends springing up about the guy who couldn’t pull himself away from gaming, so he just sat in his chair until he melted, basically.

If gaming is addictive, then another set of questions comes. What is it doing to the brains and bodies of gamers? And it reminds me a lot of early concerns about television and films. Will it inculcate violence, especially in young people’s minds? It’s a kind of catch phrase that is very important.

Finally, do games reinforce gender and race stereotypes with things like inscrutable Ninja warriors, Latino drug cartels, and damsels in distress? So these are just a few of the issues before us tonight, and we take them all very seriously and don’t feel that any of them are resolved yet.”

Read the full transcript here or listen to the podcast here.

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