How Can Games Contain and Convey Values? (Gamasutra)


A blog on the website Gamasutra discusses how Professor Mary Flanagan and her Tiltfactor Laboratory “focus on games as agents of meaning and intervention—and investigate how they may lead to a more equitable and just society.”

Flanagan, the Sherman Fairchild Distinguished Professor in Digital Humanities and a professor of film and media studies, tells Gamasutra, “We need to look a little bit deeper when we’re designing things . . . at the values we’re designing into our games. I don’t think we can afford not to address the very human world of emotions. What do we care about? If crafted well, these can become core principles in a game.”

She continues, “Games may not serve as some kind of ‘quick fix’ to any social issue—they can just be systems for self expression.”

Read the full story, published 4/26/13 on Gamasutra.

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