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The dynamic duo behind PAX East’s most popular talk about chickens ever brings you Not Just A Game!



Dr Catherine Flick, a gamer and video games and social impact researcher, and Dr Tyr Fothergill, a paleopathologist and archaeogamer, talk about the video (and other) games they’ve been playing. Sometimes there are special guests!

Not Just A Game Catherine Flick and Tyr Fothergill

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The dynamic duo behind PAX East’s most popular talk about chickens ever brings you Not Just A Game!



Dr Catherine Flick, a gamer and video games and social impact researcher, and Dr Tyr Fothergill, a paleopathologist and archaeogamer, talk about the video (and other) games they’ve been playing. Sometimes there are special guests!

    Episode 19 Capital O Opinions

    Episode 19 Capital O Opinions

    In this episode, Tyr and Catherine have opinions. No, we have Opinions. Capital O Opinions. Some of them are probably unpopular. Some of them we would defend with our lives. (Maybe.) Bad words are said. Totally @ us. (@CatherineFlick and @FothergillTyr on Twitter!)







    We are also going to PAX East this year! Please come visit us in the Diversity Lounge at Catherine’s “Ask an Ethicist” booth. We’ll be doing a talk on AI in video games as well, currently scheduled for Saturday morning. We may have swag.







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    Episode 18: Obra Dinn

    Episode 18: Obra Dinn

    We’re back! In this episode, Tyr and Catherine play The Return of the Obra Dinn, and talk about it!







    Spoilers: It’s a very good game.







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    Episode 17: It’s beginning to look a lot like Saturnalia!

    Episode 17: It’s beginning to look a lot like Saturnalia!

    In this episode we talk holidays! Why do we have certain holidays in games, and not others? Why is Christmas in games not quite Christmas, but a weird pagan version of Christmas? Is it only because game devs want to annoy right wing American Christians? Where do all these  in-game traditions come from anyway? (It’s probably Saturnalia.)

    What about ad-hoc celebrations? Ugh, so much about holidays I almost can’t wait for the next lot of turkey I get to eat! Maybe with some traditional Halloween turnips.

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    Episode 16: Let’s Talk about Pets!

    Episode 16: Let’s Talk about Pets!

    In this episode we talk about pets! Particularly Fortnite Pets, being both dragon experts and not Fortnite players at all. We may or may not sing silly on-topic songs. We discuss taking cute things into battle, gender issues of pets, domestic animals as food vs pets, particularly guinea pigs, and Fortnite and parenting despite not being parents. (Though we’ve done some research on these things!)

    We also may or may not have had to re-record this episode due to Audacity crapping out on us 🙁

    The BBC article we are talking about! 

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    Episode 15: Augmented Reality and social norms – with Andrew Adams

    Episode 15: Augmented Reality and social norms – with Andrew Adams

    In which Catherine and Tyr wrangle another fascinating victim special guest at ETHICOMP 2018, Prof. Andrew Adams, to talk about Pokémon Go and augmented reality games more generally. (Yes, another Pokémon Go one. I think we’re almost all out of material on Pokémon Go now.)

    We talk social norms about Pokémon Go in Japan vs. other places, and safety while playing these games, that came out of a paper Andrew wrote about augmented reality games and the issues with large uptake of such games (disruption, poor locations of Pokestops, etc.).

    We get interrupted by a Polish war memorial ceremony in the park outside our hotel, which is ironic because we talk about fighting in gyms at war memorials, as well as churches (and particularly Quaker meeting houses) and the discomfort that augmented reality games can sometimes bring when data is not perfect, or not used appropriately.

    We also look at some of the upsides of Pokémon Go too though, so it’s not all doom and gloom!

    I would link to Andrew’s paper on this but he hasn’t finished it yet. 🙂

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    Episode 14: Twinkle Ponies – with Erica Neely on Ethics of Lootboxes

    Episode 14: Twinkle Ponies – with Erica Neely on Ethics of Lootboxes

    Hello! In this episode I have to apologise for the sound quality; we were recording at ETHICOMP 2018 in Sopot, Poland and the room was a bit more echoey than expected (and noisier) and apparently I didn’t point the microphone in quite the right direction. The sound does get better as the episode goes on. But still, we have excellent content as we are with Dr Erica Neely, who gave an amazing talk about the ethics of loot boxes! We talk about loot boxes, paying for levels, paying for gear, cheating, catching up, reputation, and fairness for a bit, then Tyr comes up with an amazing song about Twinkle Ponies. (Apparently songs after the credits is now a Thing, so enjoy!) ✨🦒✨

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