Opus: Echo of Starsong

GWJ Conference Call 790

The Forgotten City (PC), Opus: Echo of Starsong(PC), JETT: The Far Shore(PC), Bloodborne: The Card Game, Nox Archaist (PC) Vagrus - The Riven Realms (PC).

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Amanda and Rich are joined by Karla to chat with guest Dr. Ben Chicka, Lecturer in Philosophy and Religious Studies at Curry College, to discuss Social Ethics in Video Games and his book Playing As Others: Theology and Ethical Responsibility in Video Games.

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00:01:27 The Forgotten City
00:12:15 Opus: Echo of Starsong
00:18:43 JETT: The Far Shore
00:26:53 Bloodborne: The Card Game (tabletop)
00:34:25 Nox Archaist
00:37:50 Vagrus - The Riven Realms
00:42:14 Social Ethics in Video Games
01:29:00 Thread of the Week

As a lifelong admirer of Kierkegaard, Bonhoeffer, and Tillich, I really appreciated Dr. Chicka's weaving of existential philosophies into how video games are both a reflection of and motivator for cultural change. I loved everyone's responses, but especially Karla's (not the least of which because she mentioned the shared LANGUAGE of communities like GWJ) response to how communities can fulfil the role of religion, Rich's comment regarding how game communities adopt shared frameworks to create meaning, and Meebs expression of how games can give players empathetic understanding of the life experiences of marginalized communities. I absolutely loved this episode and I want MOAR AKADEMICS on the show =P. This is very much my jam.

Worth noting, Vagrus has a free prologue available. So if that game sounded remotely interesting to you, there's no reason not to try it!

Wait, so the next time I fill out the census, do I have to write "Gamers With Jobs" under "Religion"?

Karnak said it best MOAR AKADEMICS! This was such a thought provoking episode, now one of my very favorite of the series.