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Ethics and Video Games…

I like video games. I like video games a lot. If I wasn’t married with kids and in grad school I would play them a lot more. My wife understands my love of video games and lets me play them. She will tell me when I’ve played enough and that it’s time to stop, and I will. I play video games for a couple of reasons:

  1. They’re fun.
  2. They can be intellectually stimulating.
  3. It can be cathartic.
  4. It’s escapism.

This doesn’t mean that I’ll play any game. I play games as escapism, so why would I want to play a game that closely resembles the real world? Take for example GTA (Grand Theft Auto). I’m sure it’s a fun game and I’ve had people tell me that it’s a fun game but I really don’t want anything to do with it. For me GTA mimics reality too closely. Other people can play it all they want. A good friend of mine who I would trust my kids with plays GTA and that’s fine. I don’t believe that it’s corrupting (and if it is then that person has bigger problems) I personally just don’t want anything to do with it. I don’t mind violence (God of War I & II). I don’t mind gore (Resident Evil 4). I don’t even mind dark subject matters (Silent Hill II). I guess it just really bothers me when a game mirrors reality and what is being played could be real. Then I’m a little bothered.

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