On Video Games<br />The research and the reality<br />
Why look at games?<br />Games are popular<br />$11.7 billion <br />in sales in 2008<br />17 hours/week<br />for male 8th g...
Why look at games?<br />
Why look at games?<br />Dark Knight (entire box office run)<br />$550 million(ish)<br />$550 million<br />MW2 (first 5 day...
Why look at games?<br />Who plays games?<br />67% of homes<br />Avg. gamer 34 y.o.<br />40% Females<br />
Why do people play games?<br />Arousing<br />
Why do people play games?<br />For the challenge<br />
Why do people play games?<br />For the competition<br />
Why do people play games?<br />As a diversion<br />
Why do people play games?<br />For the fantasy<br />
Why do people play games?<br />For the social aspect<br />
So… What’s there to study?<br />
Why study games?<br />Games are violent<br />
Why study games?<br />Games are violent<br />
Why study games?<br />Kids like video games<br />Nintendo 64! OMGz!!!!1!!1!!!one!<br />
How are games different from TV?<br />srsly<br />
Difference from TV<br />Games are interactive<br />
Difference from TV<br />YOU make the decisions<br />Commit to violence<br />Lost? Too bad!<br />
Difference from TV<br />Effects increase when you like the perp.<br />Who’s the perp. In games?<br />
Difference from TV<br />Effects decrease when you relate to the target<br />Who’s the target in games?<br />
Difference from TV<br />Perp. and target depend on skill level<br />
Difference from TV<br />BUT!<br />Games aren’t that realistic. Right?<br />
Game Realism <br />Okay… you’re just making this shit up as you go<br />
Game Realism<br />Games are too unrealistic to effect me!<br />Half Life<br />Battlefield 3<br />
Game Realism<br />Does realism matter?<br />Still, games aren’t TV<br />
Game Realism<br />Does realism matter?<br />Games are goal oriented<br />
Game Realism<br />Does realism matter?<br />The violence is crazy<br />
Game Realism<br />Will it ever become real enough?<br />Uncanny valley<br />Meet Emily<br />
User-generated content<br />What about ME, dammit!<br />
User-generated content (UGC)<br />This stuff is everywhere!<br />All up in your bed!<br />
User-generated content (UGC)<br />Games are no exception<br />Modifications (Mods)<br />In game built material<br />
User-generated content (UGC)<br />Mod examples (new games altogether)<br />Garry’s Mod<br />
User-generated content (UGC)<br />Mod examples (new games altogether)<br />Counter Strike<br />
User-generated content (UGC)<br />Mod examples (new games altogether)<br />Oblivion turned Dune<br />Dune!<br />
User-generated content (UGC)<br />Mod examples (the SEX)<br />People like sex<br />
User-generated content (UGC)<br />Mod examples (the SEX)<br />People REALLY like sex<br />
User-generated content (UGC)<br />Mod examples (the SEX)<br />Alex Skin (Half Life 2)<br />
User-generated content (UGC)<br />Mod examples (the SEX)<br />Topless mod (oblivion)<br />
User-generated content (UGC)<br />Mod examples (the SEX)<br />Hot Coffee (GTA)<br />
User-generated content (UGC)<br />Mod examples (the SEX)<br />What does this mean for games?<br />
Policy Implications<br />I fought the law and…<br />
Games and policy<br />Games have negative effects in context<br />Particularly bad for kids<br />
Games and policy<br />ESRB to the rescue!<br />Rating board for games<br />Similar to <br />Film<br />
Games and policy<br />How is film/movie policy different?<br />What are the laws for kids?<br />Barred from theatres<br />...
Games and policy<br />Game policy is similar to film<br />Minors & M-rated games<br />Illicit sale may equal fines<br />
Games and policy<br />How are games different (policy-wise)<br />Reactive to public response<br />
Games and policy<br />Public to policy reaction (Oblivion)<br />Topless mod (oblivion)<br />
Games and policy<br />Public to policy reaction (GTA)<br />Hot Coffee (GTA)<br />
Games and policy<br />Comparison to movies<br />DVD Bonus content isn’t rated<br />
Games and policy<br />Comparison to UGC films<br />Reorganize what people say<br />
Games and policy<br />Games are different!<br />Manipulate games = <br />punish developers<br />
Games and policy<br />Why are games different?<br />Maybe, the ESRB saving face<br />
Games and policy<br />Why are games different?<br />Maybe, Moral Panic<br />
Games and policy<br />Moral Panic explained<br />Kids love games<br />Parents don’t get games<br />Ignorance = fear<br />A...
Games and policy<br />Moral Panic explained<br />Comics<br />Banned games<br />Australia <br />
Is there any hope for games!<br />We’re all gonna die!<br />
Why you should play games<br />Games and cooperation<br />Games getting more cooperative<br />
Why you should play games<br />Games and cooperation<br />Reduces adverse effects<br />
Why you should play games<br />New groups are playing games<br />
Why you should play games<br />Making the world better for games, because of games<br />Games as art<br />Games aren’t sca...
In conclusion…<br />Yay! We’re not all gonna die!<br />
Why you should play games<br />Go out and play a game<br />Go build you social bonds<br />And have fun!<br />MotoHeroz!<br />
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Ems - Summer I ’11 - T101 Lecture 15: Nic Matthews - Video games

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