Chris Barney is a game developer who sees games as an engine of social capital. As a maturing medium, video games have the potential to reinforce, shape, and influence societal norms and values toward sexism, racism, upward mobility, and other constructs. How do video games do this, and how can game developers balance this responsibility to their audience with the responsibility to their shareholders? Can video games truly make us violent? Can a single video game change the world? Reprising his BostonFIG presentation on "The Nature and Purpose of Games: Toward Social Justice", Barney speaks on these topics, answering many questions while raising others.
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- Polygamer #07: Susan Arendt & Russ Pitts of Take This
- PAX East 2014 panel on Sex, Sexy & Sexism: Fixing Gender Inequality in Gaming
- Brianna Wu of Giant Spacekat: I’ve Been Forced Out Of My Home And Am Living In Constant Fear Because Of Relentless Death Threats From Gamergate
- Doxxing defense: Remove your personal info from data brokers
- Additional resources
- Social capital
- Effects of violence in games
- Gender & sexism in video games
- SeX-Box: Exposure to Sexist Video Games Predicts Benevolent Sexism (PDF)
- The embodiment of sexualized virtual selves: The Proteus effect and experiences of self-objectification via avatars (PDF)
- Communication in multiplayer gaming: Examining player responses to gender cues
- Shirts vs. Skins: Clothing as an Indicator of Gender Role Stereotyping in Video Games (PDF)