In this week, is to read the sixth chapter of a book called Ethics in the Virtual World: the Morality and Psychology of Gaming by Garry Young, and answer three questions which provided.
What is Power’s argument for moral policing in computer games?
Doing something or work on something which is against taboo activities. When people playing or investigate computer games, it should look wider pictures or consider to look at different point of views, instead focusing single point of the game. For example, the computer games like Saints Row series, people is able to kill everyone in the games and this is encouraging people to kill whatever is in the street, no matter is polices or civilians.
What is meant by the term ‘morally corrupt’?
If a person is ‘morally corrupt’, which means the person have bad moral. For example, if the person is ‘morally corrupt’, which he/her may think is fine to run over someone with car, didn’t stop the car when the traffic light is red, throw a flower pot from higher floor..etc.
Is it fun to ‘break taboos’? Use arguments from the chapter to support your position.
The answer is YES. It allows people to try something or do something which is not able to do in real life.There is one of the point that I really agree with.
Thomas Nys states in the book that “My first claim is that an inquiry into this appeal will reveal that their enjoyment presupposes a moral awareness, and therefore that morality is included from the start. Knowing that it is wrong is part of the fun and games. the thrill of such virtual actions is precisely that they transgress ethical boundaries.”.
The player knows is immoral but still playing the games and break taboos. For example, games like Grand Theft Auto series, the game gives player a free range of play styles, can be good or evil person. A lot of people decided to run over people with different vehicles, kill prostitutes after sex, rob convenient stores, hit and run, shoot and kill polices…etc. So, breaking taboos will increase the fun in the games even is wrong.
GTA V. 2013. [computer game]. Sony PlayStation 3 and Microsoft Xbox 360. Rockstar North.
Garry Young. 2013. Ethics in the Virtual World: The Morality and Psychology of Gaming. Routledge.
Saints Row: The Third. 2011. [computer game]. Sony PlayStation 3, Microsoft Xbox 360 and Windows. Volition.