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    Ems - Summer I ’11 - T101 Lecture 15: Nic Matthews - Video games Ems - Summer I ’11 - T101 Lecture 15: Nic Matthews - Video games Presentation Transcript

    • On Video Games
      The research and the reality
    • Why look at games?
      Games are popular
      $11.7 billion
      in sales in 2008
      17 hours/week
      for male 8th graders
    • Why look at games?
    • Why look at games?
      Dark Knight (entire box office run)
      $550 million(ish)
      $550 million
      MW2 (first 5 days)
    • Why look at games?
      Who plays games?
      67% of homes
      Avg. gamer 34 y.o.
      40% Females
    • Why do people play games?
      Arousing
    • Why do people play games?
      For the challenge
    • Why do people play games?
      For the competition
    • Why do people play games?
      As a diversion
    • Why do people play games?
      For the fantasy
    • Why do people play games?
      For the social aspect
    • So… What’s there to study?
    • Why study games?
      Games are violent
    • Why study games?
      Games are violent
    • Why study games?
      Kids like video games
      Nintendo 64! OMGz!!!!1!!1!!!one!
    • How are games different from TV?
      srsly
    • Difference from TV
      Games are interactive
    • Difference from TV
      YOU make the decisions
      Commit to violence
      Lost? Too bad!
    • Difference from TV
      Effects increase when you like the perp.
      Who’s the perp. In games?
    • Difference from TV
      Effects decrease when you relate to the target
      Who’s the target in games?
    • Difference from TV
      Perp. and target depend on skill level
    • Difference from TV
      BUT!
      Games aren’t that realistic. Right?
    • Game Realism
      Okay… you’re just making this shit up as you go
    • Game Realism
      Games are too unrealistic to effect me!
      Half Life
      Battlefield 3
    • Game Realism
      Does realism matter?
      Still, games aren’t TV
    • Game Realism
      Does realism matter?
      Games are goal oriented
    • Game Realism
      Does realism matter?
      The violence is crazy
    • Game Realism
      Will it ever become real enough?
      Uncanny valley
      Meet Emily
    • User-generated content
      What about ME, dammit!
    • User-generated content (UGC)
      This stuff is everywhere!
      All up in your bed!
    • User-generated content (UGC)
      Games are no exception
      Modifications (Mods)
      In game built material
    • User-generated content (UGC)
      Mod examples (new games altogether)
      Garry’s Mod
    • User-generated content (UGC)
      Mod examples (new games altogether)
      Counter Strike
    • User-generated content (UGC)
      Mod examples (new games altogether)
      Oblivion turned Dune
      Dune!
    • User-generated content (UGC)
      Mod examples (the SEX)
      People like sex
    • User-generated content (UGC)
      Mod examples (the SEX)
      People REALLY like sex
    • User-generated content (UGC)
      Mod examples (the SEX)
      Alex Skin (Half Life 2)
    • User-generated content (UGC)
      Mod examples (the SEX)
      Topless mod (oblivion)
    • User-generated content (UGC)
      Mod examples (the SEX)
      Hot Coffee (GTA)
    • User-generated content (UGC)
      Mod examples (the SEX)
      What does this mean for games?
    • Policy Implications
      I fought the law and…
    • Games and policy
      Games have negative effects in context
      Particularly bad for kids
    • Games and policy
      ESRB to the rescue!
      Rating board for games
      Similar to
      Film
    • Games and policy
      How is film/movie policy different?
      What are the laws for kids?
      Barred from theatres
      Can’t rent/buy R-rated films
    • Games and policy
      Game policy is similar to film
      Minors & M-rated games
      Illicit sale may equal fines
    • Games and policy
      How are games different (policy-wise)
      Reactive to public response
    • Games and policy
      Public to policy reaction (Oblivion)
      Topless mod (oblivion)
    • Games and policy
      Public to policy reaction (GTA)
      Hot Coffee (GTA)
    • Games and policy
      Comparison to movies
      DVD Bonus content isn’t rated
    • Games and policy
      Comparison to UGC films
      Reorganize what people say
    • Games and policy
      Games are different!
      Manipulate games =
      punish developers
    • Games and policy
      Why are games different?
      Maybe, the ESRB saving face
    • Games and policy
      Why are games different?
      Maybe, Moral Panic
    • Games and policy
      Moral Panic explained
      Kids love games
      Parents don’t get games
      Ignorance = fear
      Assume worst case scenario
      Do stupid things to protect kids
    • Games and policy
      Moral Panic explained
      Comics
      Banned games
      Australia
    • Is there any hope for games!
      We’re all gonna die!
    • Why you should play games
      Games and cooperation
      Games getting more cooperative
    • Why you should play games
      Games and cooperation
      Reduces adverse effects
    • Why you should play games
      New groups are playing games
    • Why you should play games
      Making the world better for games, because of games
      Games as art
      Games aren’t scary
      Games aren’t evil (for kids)
    • In conclusion…
      Yay! We’re not all gonna die!
    • Why you should play games
      Go out and play a game
      Go build you social bonds
      And have fun!
      MotoHeroz!