Why Ethical Free-to-Play Game Design Matters

The recent release of Blizzard Entertainment’s “Overwatch 2” has sparked many conversations in the gaming community centered around the ethics behind free-to-play video games and the duty that developers have to their consumers. As the game industry continues to shift away from a traditional one-time purchase model, developers must continue to consider what they can do to keep games as fair as possible for all players.

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Activision Blizzard and The Harrowing Path for Diversity in the Video Game Industry

Since 2021, video game companies such as Activision Blizzard have come under fire after several employees reported sexual misconduct. The legal battle between the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing and Activision Blizzard shows how reformation within the industry’s social infrastructure is crucial.

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Pay to Play: The Ethics of Video Game Economics

Video games provide endless hours of fun for people of all ages, races, and genders. Gamers may not realize, however, that certain elements of their favorite form of entertainment may pose a serious threat to their wallets—and even their mental health. Game developers employ various techniques to manipulate users into purchasing items in the in-game store, including lockouts, reward removal, and loot boxes; considering virtue ethics and computer scientists’ ethical code emphasizes the need to remedy this exploitation.

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