The conversation surrounding video games and violence has continued to be a polarizing topic, which makes Dr. Christopher Bartel's book a perfect addition to The Neutral Ground family. Bartel's book (Video Games, Violence, and the Ethics of Fantasy) takes a much-needed nuanced approach to the discussion. Instead of looking at the games, Bartel asks us to look at the players. Rather than saying this game promotes violence, Bartel asks the players to assert more agency in their gaming experiences--to be more aware of what the game potentially does to you and you alone. In this episode, we talk about how games test our ethics, how they blur the lines of social etiquette, and what parents can do to help make sure their children's gaming experiences are as healthy as possible. I also tell a rather personal story of my father taking me to Funcoland (remember those?) on September 13, 1993--also known as Mortal Monday--to purchase Mortal Kombat on the Sega Genesis. This was significant because it was one of the first games to receive a "mature" rating. I had worked all year cleaning up for a mechanic's shop to save up my money. Did my father let me buy it? Find out in the podcast. Don't forget to hit the subscribe button, the like button, and leave a kind comment to help support the podcast.
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Dr. Bartel's Book: https://amzn.to/3MMhrRj
Faculty Page: https://philrel.appstate.edu/faculty-staff/christopher-bartel
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01:38 Beginning of conversation (what is your background in gaming?)
04:35 This chapter is nostalgia for you old fighting game lovers
07:18 What prompted you to do a study on video games and violence?
12:55 My existential crisis with God of War 3
16:00 What did you think you were going to uncover through this study?
26:39 Are we enjoying the game or the violence? That is the question
28:25 The infamous World of Warcraft funeral raid. Ethical or not?
40:08 Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy? We get a bit Bohemian Rhapsody here.
46:20 Woo Hoo! I was right. It was The 6th Day. AI partners--the future or the end?
49:39 What makes you optimistic about the future of gaming, Metaverse, and beyond?
54:20 September 13, 1993--Mortal Monday. The day Mortal Kombat hit the consoles
59:27 We have to make this about the gamers and not the games
1:02:13 Where can we learn more about you and your works?
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