When: Thursday, November 22 - 16:30-19:30
Where: Bio Asta, The Film House, Gothersgade 55, Copenhagen K
How do games challenge our morals just by mouse clicks and gameplay choices? SpilBar has invited Tomasz Kisilewicz from 11 bit studios known for This War of Mine and latest Frostpunk to a talk about how video games tackle moral dilemmas and question our ethics. After that games journalist and author, Jordan Erica Webber, will talk about 10 things games can teach us about life, philosophy and everything.
Associate professor at the IT University Miguel Sicart will bring his perspectives on games though the lens of ethics.
Open Call for games
As always it’s possible to showcase your new shiny game - just punch in your details in this Open Call.
16:30: Tomasz Kisilewicz: Creating Meaningful Entertainment. How do Art and Design come together to question your morality
17:30: Jordan Erica Webber: Ten things video games can teach us about life, philosophy and everything
17:50: Miguel Sicart: Choices That Matter: Games Through the Lens of Ethics
18:10: Beer and mingling
Tomasz Kisilewicz: Creating Meaningful Entertainment: How do Art and Design come together to question your morality
How do we tackle moral dilemmas in video games? How do we leave our players both disturbed and satisfied at the same time? And how do Art and Design departments can learn and benefit from each other to deliver unique experiences? By looking at the curious cases of 'This War of Mine' and 'Frostpunk' we'll dive into the world of hard choices, dark moods and moral dilemmas in a pursuit of the light of hope for our industry.
About Tomasz Kisilewicz (PL)
Lead Artist at 11 bit studios. Graphic designer, architect and lecturer. Worked on This War of Mine and Frostpunk, trying to find new ways of visual narrative in video games. Thomas is Interested in everything that happens at the point of contact between Art and Design departments.
Jordan Erica Webber: Ten things video games can teach us about life, philosophy and everything
Jordan presents a number of video games and discusses how they are suitable to teach about a variety of philosophical concepts. What does the choice of faction in Fallout 4 say about you? And what does Soma have to say about identity?
About Jordan Erica Webber (UK)
Jordan Erica Webber is a writer and presenter. Host of the Guardian's digital culture podcast Chips With Everything, video game critic for the Guardian, and resident games expert for both The Gadget Show (Channel 5) and RATED (Forces TV). Currently featured in the V&A exhibition Videogames: Design/Play/Disrupt and author of Ten Things videogames can teach us.
Miguel Sicart: Choices That Matter: Games Through the Lens of Ethics
Games live in a weird limbo between entertainment and art, between the serious and the frivolous. What does it mean then to look at games from the perspective of ethics? Is it all ‘just a game’? An ethical approach to games allows us to understand the role they play in society and culture, and the duties that developers, educators, and players have.
About Miguel Sicart (DK)
Miguel Sicart is an associate professor at the IT University. He is the author of The Ethics of Computer Games, Beyond Choices: The Design of Ethical Gameplay, and Play Matters.
SpilBar is a bimonthly event, where everyone in or close to the computer games industry can meet and mingle. The meetings always start with a talk and end with a drink.
SpilBar is initiated by Kristine Ploug from DADIU, and Thomas Vigild, Headmaster at Vallekilde Game Academy. SpilBar is organized in collaboration with Spilordningen and Interactive Denmark.