San Francisco, California, USA
London, United Kingdom
Warfare, on one scale or another, has long been a common theme of games, from Chess and Go to Call of Duty and Civilisation. War is also common in other media, such as film and literature, yet rarely do we see games which call to question the morality of war in the manner of Apocalypse Now, Slaughterhouse-5 or Catch-22. Why does this gap exist? It is clear that people enjoy ethically challenging works; our struggle with moral ambiguity is what makes these titles great. Our games seem shallow in comparison. How do we change this?
How do we design gameplay which meaningfully engages a player’s ethical sensibilities? Is it just a matter of writing? Or are there more fundamental problems to be addressed with gameplay as a medium?
The Workshop on Games, Ethics and War will be a gathering of designers, writers, philosophers and psychologists looking at these questions from a variety of perspectives. Keynoting the workshop will be Cory Davis, lead designer of Spec Ops: The Line, Michał Drozdowski, lead designer of The War of Mine, and Jose Zagal, editor of the Videogames Ethics Reader.
In the evening we are holding a panel discussion between Cory, Michał and Jose discussing the key issues and challenges. Join us for a lively discussion.
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The Ethics Centre
A world with strong ethical foundations is a better, fairer, safer place.The Ethics Centre has a vision of a world in which we all have the courage to stand up for what we believe in, the wisdom to explore the unknown, and the imagination and heart to strive for the very best we can be. Ethics extends a great invitation we will never regret accepting – to know our world and ourselves.
The Ethics Centre delivers innovative programs, services and experiences to bring ethics to the centre of professional and personal life. Our activities span live events, ethics advice and education, a free ethics helpline and advocacy campaigns. We speak about ethics in a wide variety of contexts to audiences all over Australia and around the world. Across all our work, the same goal drives what we do: to bring people together, create the space for open and honest conversations, and build the skills and capacity of people to live and act according to their values and principles.