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Research Proposal - Ethics and Video Games John Spina WRT...

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Ethics and Video Games John Spina WRT 105 – Media Frontiers 1900/2000 Nikolaus Wasmoen, Department of English 11/16/10
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Video games have become one of the most popular new forms of media in the world today. I don’t think you can walk into a house and not find some sort of video game system, whether it’s a computer or a system that connects to a television such as PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360. With ever growing advancements in technology, gaming is becoming more appealing to the public and even more lifelike. Video games have a huge range of different types. There are sports games for just about any sport; football, baseball, basketball, soccer, extreme sports such as skateboarding and snowboarding, and even Olympic games. There are shooter games that range from things like wars, being an undercover spy, or even things like hit men and gangster street gangs. As in the real world, a lot of people that play such games have little to no moral ethics, and have brought this into gaming. They will do basically whatever it takes to get an edge on their opponents during game play. Peoples lack of moral ethics and sportsmanship has begun to ruin the value of video game franchises to everybody else that enjoys playing them. Sports athletes are most likely the most popular figures in the world that are accused of cheating. Steroid usage in sports is one of the hottest topics every year, especially in baseball and the MLB. Athletes are taking illegal performance enhancing drugs to give their body a severe edge against their non-steroid using opponents. This kind of cheating in sports can directly be applied to cheating in sports video games. In almost every sports game, there is usually some sort of a create a player option. This allows you to create a player however you want to. He can virtually be the perfect athlete. He can be faster, stronger, taller, and all around have better skills than anyone else in the entire game. Everybody knows that someone of this skill level could never exist, even with the use of steroids. Using this player in a game makes you virtually unbeatable and completely goes against one of the main points of a video game, being as realistic as possible. Although this sort of cheating really only effects what you expect to get out of the
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game you’re playing alone, cheating in sports video games spreads to the online multiplayer video games as well. During the past few years, online gaming has become more popular than regular video games. Playing a game against an artificial intelligence computer simulation is fun, but similar to peoples’ competitive drives in real life, people love to compete against other actual people and find a lot of self satisfaction in beating someone else. Because of this drive to compete and win, people will do whatever possible to be able to beat another player in a game. In some sports games, you can import your own team of players that you chose. Some people take this as an open invitation to create a so called “dream team”, of all of the best players at their respective
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