Ludic Ethics: The Ethical Negotiations of Players in Online Multiplayer Games
LA Sparrow, M Gibbs, M Arnold
Games and Culture: a journal of interactive media | SAGE Publications | Published : 2020
This study introduces the ludic ethics approach for understanding the moral deliberations of players of online multiplayer games. Informed by a constructivist paradigm that places players’ everyday ethical negotiations at the forefront of the analysis, this study utilises a novel set of game-related moral vignettes in a series of 20 in-depth interviews with players. Reflexive thematic analysis of these interviews produced four key themes by which participants considered the ethics of in-game actions: (1) game boundaries, (2) consequences for play, (3) player sensibilities, and (4) virtuality. These results support the conceptualisation of games as complex ethical sites in which players negot..View full abstract
The authors disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship and/or publication of this article: The first author's work is supported by the Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship.