Means and Ends

I’ve just read the Project Horseshoe report on Creating Ethical Dilemmas in Games and thinking about Kantian ethics and computer games. Now I don’t know a lot about Kant, but I understand one of the foundations of his theory of ethics was to treat people “never merely as a means to an end, but always at the same time as an end“. This seems to be in direct conflict with the usual attitude in games, which is to treat people (especially NPCs) and means, not ends. This makes me wonder about the viability of such games.

Published in: on July 29, 2010 at 7:08 am  Comments (2)  
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Magrat and Sir Henry: Steampunk Heroes

GameCareerGuide‘s latest Game Design Challenge is to create the next video game hero. I was taken by this challenge. In my entry, below, I decided on not one hero, but two:

Published in: on August 7, 2008 at 6:59 am  Comments (3)  
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