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Gamification Community of Practice
September 8, 2021 @ 9:00 am - 10:15 pm
The Ethics and Psychology of the Future of Game Design
Guest Speaker: Sherry Jones
September 8, 2021, 9-10:15 am via Zoom: https://cuboulder.zoom.us/j/94821235425
The ethos of game designers is to create games that provide willing participants a series of challenges for making meaningful choices. Better game design involves understanding the player’s psychology and self-determination theory to create games that recognize the player’s autonomy and satisfy the player’s desires. However, current industry trends of monetizing games with the free-to-play model and microtransactions, manipulating gaming algorithms with dark patterns, and offering loot boxes with high stakes, are presenting serious ethical issues that can harm consumers.
This talk will introduce ethical game design through psychology, unethical dark game design patterns that manipulate player psychology, legal challenges to the gaming industry, and advanced methods for evaluating games to identify and eliminate dark patterns. In addition, a brief discussion will be offered on how using blockchain technology in future game design could help protect consumer’s rights to their virtual property.
Sherry Jones is a philosophy and game studies subject matter expert at Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design, where she develops courses on the philosophy and psychology of game design, and on the use of digital games in education. She serves as a steering committee member for the International Game Developers Association (IGDA) Learning, Education, and Games Special Interest Group. In 2018-2019, Sherry offered a video series titled: Ethics and Games, which examined the ethical messages that games espouse and the moral philosophies that can be applied to clarify and evaluate game ethics. Jones also conducts research in open education and of the potential in using blockchain technology to secure open educational resources (OER). Her research has led her to serve as the CO OER Council at-large representative.