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Published November 15, 2018

Welcome to Morality Play!

My hope is that this blog becomes a forum where researchers investigating ethical play in games can come together, share their work, and possibly find opportunities for collaboration. After the success of the Morality Play workshop at DiGRA/FDG 2016 and the special issue of Games and Culture, I thought it would be good to keep the conversation going. Also, by having an open blog, I hope to attract the interest of people outside the academic sphere.

If you are a researcher working in games and ethics, or a professional game designer working on a game that focuses on ethical play, you are welcome to contribute to this site. I am particularly looking for:

  • Links to papers (past or present) on games and ethics,
  • Reviews of games with interesting approaches to ethical play,
  • Reviews of books on games and ethics,
  • Announcements of events (conferences, workshops etc) related to games and ethics.

I’ll start things off by posting some links to papers that I’ve found interesting or useful, starting with the above link to our special issue, which contains articles covering issues such as:

  • Theories of design for moral play and moral education.
  • Connections between moral play and moral psychology.
  • Production studies for the development of ethical content in games.
  • Critique of the ethical stances expressed in games, through narrative and gameplay.

All these topics (and more) are welcome here.


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