Moral and Ethical Choice in Video Games: Are My Games Corrupting Me While I Shelter at Home?
April 23, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm PDT
As we wrestle with the new reality of needing to spend increased time at home due to COVID-19 restrictions, people are spending more time playing video games. But how should players deal with the moral and ethical choices presented in many video games, and are these virtual experiences corrupting or are there positive benefits to gaming? Join us for a free webinar as we tackle this topic with TWU Professor of Media + Communication, Game Development Program Lead, and Associate Dean of SAMC, Dr. Kevin Schut.
Kevin was born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta, and still cheers for the Oilers. After graduating from Calvin College, he married and taught overseas in schools for missionary kids in the Cote d’Ivoire and Hungary for three and a half years. He was overjoyed to have the opportunity to move back to Canada after grad school in Iowa (Go Hawks!) and still teach in a Christian university. He has three daughters who love playing adventure games, Mario Kart, and Vive Virtual Reality with him.
He writes about the intersection of communication, culture, media, technology and faith, primarily by talking about computer and video games. He has published articles or chapters on fantasy-role-playing computer games and masculinity, on computer games and myth, on the presentation of history in computer games, and on evangelicals and games. He has also guided interdisciplinary groups of students in designing and constructing small indie-style computer games.