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