Just a Game

What We Talk About When We Talk About Ethics In Games

I recently had the pleasure of listening to Sam Gilbert describe the research being done at the Harvard Graduate School of Education on the Good Play Project — a study designed to find out how people think about their actions while playing games online, and in so doing, help to develop mental models of online play so that parents and teachers can better foster ethical thinking in children (you can watch his presentation here — find “Talks: Games and Civic Engagements” and just forward to the 51 minute mark). After absorbing the talk, it left me thinking a lot about how fantasy baseball — a game I’ve been playing online for over a decade — has influenced my own thinking in regards to my ethical practices.