Why Real-World Morals Have No Place in Video Games

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  1. Zerosuit connor
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    Found this and I love it! It's a great piece of writing and I think everyone will enjoy it :)
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  2. Narayan

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    i think it's really simple.
    what are the effects of what you're about to do?
    well in the real world if i would punch someone i know i would get hurt. but in online games if i have high enough hp and i won't acquire murderer status, it's fine.
     
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  3. Hells Malice

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    I'm confused...

    Did I just read an IGN article I agree with?

    I...I need more sleep.
     
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  4. Gahars

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    I don't think it's entirely so clear cut. Like, obviously, people don't live the same way they play. Only the mentally unbalanced would even consider imitating a game like GTA in the real world.

    At the same time, we can't just say games are entirely blameless. Take something like Call of Juarez: The Cartel. The Extra Credits did.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W0ci6rYOleM

    We need to consider the messages that video games (like any art) promote and send.
     
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  5. nando

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    so basically anything in a video game is ok because there is no consequence?
     
  6. wrettcaughn

    wrettcaughn Misunderstood Moral Elitist

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    No.

    Basically anything in a video game is ok because...It's Not Real.
     
  7. osm70

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    What if someone creates sentient AI?
    then its real for them
     
  8. wrettcaughn

    wrettcaughn Misunderstood Moral Elitist

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    What if elbows had assholes?
    would people poop from them?
    Hypotheticals are awesome.
     
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  9. aalokishere

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    But some people just don't seem to understand this...getting a gun and shooting everyone...talk about GTA hangover
     
  10. osm70

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    After posting I realized that creator would be complete asshole for tortureing them.
    (Yay for quoting myself)
     
  11. leic7

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    This article is a response to another article originally published on Forbes, right? I think the response article on Kotaku has more perspective and is more thought provoking than this... This, however, killed quite a few of my brain cells with its logical fallacies. For one thing, words such as 'morality' and 'logic' don't really mean what this author seems to think they mean. Moral rules are not a product of a logical system; they are a product of the values we have internalized. Because of this almost intrinsic property of morality, morals have more to do with what we ourselves believe to be right and wrong, and less to do with what the law says to be right and wrong. i.e. if you don't assault people in real life only because there are repercussions, and you can enjoy assaulting people once those repercussions are removed -- your action (of assaulting people) is not bound by morals, "assault = wrong" is not a value you've internalized.

    To the people who think basically anything in a video game is ok because it's not real: are *ideas* real?