Controlling vs “Being” Your Video Game Avatar | Idea Channel | PBS Digital Studios

Do you control or *are* you your video game avatar?

Avatars have increased in complexity over the years, from paddles and Pacman to highly rendered and human-like beings and first-person floating cameras. Whatever your avatar is, it is consistently a TOOL, a way for you to engage with the videogame world. But are you merely controlling it or ARE YOU your avatar? This is an important question because if a player truly feels that their avatar embodies them, we might have to think differently about what our moral and ethical obligations as videogames present us with a plenty of uncomfortable and moral choices. So are you really controlling your avatar? Watch the episode to find out!

Check out Jamin Warren’s GameShow episode about Gender Swapping in Videogames!

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Links and Sources:

Wired Article
http://wrd.cm/19woANe

Gamespot’s Reality Check:
http://bit.ly/19woEfZ

Problem Machine
http://bit.ly/HhVfw2

Gonzalo Frasca:
http://bit.ly/19woGES

Extra Credits:
http://bit.ly/19woJR4

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Music:

“Europe” by Roglok (http://www.roglok.net)

“Carry on Carillon” by Roglok (http://www.roglok.net)

Level 5: Room for the Homeless
http://bit.ly/10N0Ykm

“Bouncy Castle” by Roglok (http://www.roglok.net)

“:P” by Roglok (http://www.roglok.net)

Binaerpilot “Geeks”
http://bit.ly/10N0UBf
“Squarehead” by Roglok (http://www.roglok.net)

Outsider “Explore”
http://bit.ly/197EQnY

StatueofDiveo “Final Days”
http://bit.ly/GYljwI

Chiptune – Kenzalol

http://bit.ly/15vKwpN

EatMe

http://bit.ly/17ludvN

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