Video Games Encourage Indigenous Cultural Expression

Indigenous games like ‘Honour Water’ can teach Indigenous values and ceremonial practices. Honour Water/Elizabeth LaPensée, CC BY-ND

Elizabeth LaPensée, Michigan State University

Video games are robust forms of creative expression merging design, code, art and sound. Unfortunately, many games misrepresent or appropriate from Indigenous communities by falling back on stereotypes or including cultural content without involving Indigenous people in the development process. The Conversation

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The Destructive Life Of A Mardi Gras Bead

David Redmon, University of Kent

Shiny, colorful bead necklaces, also known as “throws,” are now synonymous with Mardi Gras. The Conversation

Even if you’ve never been to the Carnival celebrations, you probably know the typical scene that plays out on New Orleans’ Bourbon Street every year: Revelers line up along the parade route to collect beads tossed from floats. Many try to collect as many as possible, and some drunken revelers will even expose themselves in exchange for the plastic trinkets.

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Ethically, Must Game Designers Respond To All Player Requests?

Erica Neely, Ohio Northern University

Video games are supposed to be fun. Maybe when you’re grinding your way to max level it doesn’t always feel that way, but on the whole we play games because we enjoy them.

But what exactly does enjoyment mean? If you’re a game designer, what issues should you care about? If you’re a player, do you have to worry only about whether you are having fun? Or do you have some kind of ethical responsibility to make sure other players are having fun too?

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