Japanese Word of the Week (1) O genkidesu ka? [Oh GEN-keedess-ka?]
Introduction to Ethics & Law in Games 2nd November 2009
Aims and Objectives Aims Students should be able to differentiate between acceptability and inappropriation in games and gaming Objectives
All students will be able to discuss 3 aspects of media and video games
Most students will be able to identify all regulating bodies for video games
Some students will be able to identify 2 positive or negative ethics in media (video games)
Part I: Ethics CanisCanem Edit
What Are Ethics? ?
eth⋅ics –plural noun 1. (used with a singular or plural verb) a system of moralprinciples: the ethics of a culture. 2. the rules of conduct recognised in respect to a particular class of human actions or a particular group, culture, etc.: medical ethics; Christian ethics. 3. moral principles, as of an individual: His ethics forbade betrayal of a confidence. 4. (usually used with a singular verb) that branch of philosophy dealing with values relating to human conduct, with respect to the rightness and wrongness of certain actions and to the goodness and badness of the motives and ends of such actions.
Who Cares About Ethics? BAN THESE EVIL GAMES Murder by Playstation
These Guys Do
Activity Can you tell me anything about the responsibilities of 1 or more of these bodies?
Introducing ELSPA A professional association of gaming software publishers dealing with issues of anti-piracy, codes of practice, accreditation, and professional development. Source: www.elspa.com / www.google.co.uk
Introducing BBFC The British Board of Film Classification is an independent, non-governmental body, which has classified cinema films since it was set up in 1912, and videos since the passing of the Video Recordings Act in 1984. Source: http://www.bbfc.co.uk/about/index.php
Introducing PEGI The Pan-European Game Information (PEGI) age rating system was established to help European parents make informed decisions on buying computer games. Source: http://www.pegi.info/en/index/id/511
What’s Missing? Each country has its own system for reinforcing ethics with law. Our country uses the might of ELSPA, BBFC and these guys: Source: http://www.videostandards.org.uk/
Ethics V Law Can you think of the key differences between ethics and law? Reminder: Some of the words we have already used include -
Word By Word The word ethics is derived from the Greek word ethos (character), and from the Latin word mores (customs). Together they combine to define how individuals choose to interact with one another. In philosophy, ethics defines what is good for the individual and for society and establishes the nature of duties that people owe themselves and one another. Law can be defined as a consistent set of universal rules that are widely published, generally accepted, and usually enforced. These rules describe the ways in which people are required to act in their relationships with others in a society. Source: http://ansteadsue.tripod.com/ethics.htm
Ethics V Law – Who Wins?
Ethics V Law – What About Games? Activity: Make a short list about the games that best fit into the ethic / moral value category
Ethics V Law – What About Games? Did Any Of These Games Make Your List? GTA: IV – Ballad of Gay Tony GTA – Vice City Killer 7 Leisure Suit Larry Manhunt Dexter Thief: Deadly Shadows COD: World at War World of Warcraft Age of Empires 2: King of Kings Bully 24: The Game Death Race Custer’s Revenge Soldier of Fortune II COD: Modern Warfare
Ethics V Law – Who Fought The Law? And the law won
Next Week: Law Takes The Stand
International violation of law
Thanks to The Ethics of Computer Games By Miguel Sicart for a few tidbits and facts