I will be presenting at the SimCafe on Feb 19, on the topic of “Four Lenses for Designing Morally Engaging Simulations“.
Abstract: Games and simulations can be effective tools for education and training, as they provide a safe space in which we can explore, experiment and fail freely without real-world consequence. However this “magic circle” that provides psychological safety can also lead to moral detachment, leading to amoral play which focuses on pragmatic outcomes over less quantifiable moral concerns. It doesn’t have to be this way. Games can also engage us emotionally and morally and create powerful reflective experiences. In this talk, I will discuss so lessons from the Four Component Model of moral psychology that can help us learn to make morally engaging simulations.