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Posts tagged “ethics”

Feature: Simulation & wargame news

The Flare Path: Blows The Whistle

Enough. The lying, the self-justification, the sleepless nights... it all stops here. What follows is the story of a games journalist who touched pitch and was defiled. The confessions of a fool who, having strayed far from the path of probity, is now desperately trying to find a way back. Judge him if you must. Forgive him if you can.

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“A Societal Problem”

Jonathan 'Braid' Blow has posted a recording and illustrative slide show from his talk at the Montreal Games Summit. It's stirring stuff. Blow attacks World of Warcraft, describing the grind of leveling and the reward system inherent in that as "lying to the players", and even suggests that designers should be ashamed of exploiting illusory level-based mechanics. He argues that games are, like film and…

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