Paper Talk

Study says it is good for kids to play video games

http://walyou.com/video-games-are-good-for-kids/ Not sure if anyone is writing a paper (or hoping to) on the effects of video games on children, but this article discusses some of the benefits of video games on young people.  

What are the legal implications of misogyny in video games?

What are the legal implications of misogyny in video games?

The paper identifies and addresses three key areas: female portrayal in games, women working in the industry and female professional gamers. It ultimately decides that more industry support in all three sections is key to changing the deeply ingrained misogynistic culture. You can find it here. I’ve had a few misgivings about publishing it. On […]

Paper Abstract (2014)

Paper Abstract (2014)

Hello, In the interest of sharing for future years (hope it helps!), here is an abstract for the key issue explored in my 2014 VGL paper, “A Canadian Legal Framework for Charity Video Game Marathons”. — Charity video game marathons (“marathons”) are events not well known outside the community of staunch gamers. Gamers play video […]

Contractual Issues in Videogame Law and Possible Labour Law (and other) Solutions

Contractual Issues in Videogame Law and Possible Labour Law (and other) Solutions

I’m posting my final paper here in the spirit of the open access to information modelled by this class. The paper explores the potential application of labour law principles of collective bargaining to solve some of the problems with common contracts used in the videogame industry. Drawing heavily from ideas discussed in class, the paper […]

Defamation of Anonymous Celebrities

Defamation of Anonymous Celebrities

An interesting idea came to me while writing my paper, which I think could be spun off into a topic all it’s own. When considering the problem of online harassment and privacy protection, I began to wonder: could there be a cause of action arising from damage to a reputation that is not linked to […]

List of ethical concerns in video games (partial) | Leigh Alexander

List of ethical concerns in video games (partial) | Leigh Alexander

                                    This is an extraordinarily clear and well done list of  “real” ethical concerns respecting video games. Most, if not all, have significant legal implications and provide strong roots for excellent term papers. Leigh Alexander’s terrific post can […]

Paper Categories, 2nd Edition

Paper Categories, 2nd Edition

                  Last year at about this time I outlined possible paper topics after reviewing the various papers submitted over the years. What follows is a category listing of papers from last year, including some papers related to video games from other courses. As before just add the […]

Participating in Wikipedia

Participating in Wikipedia

The possibilities for working through those class participation marks are quite broad. This semester I sat down with Jon and we hashed out the possibility of summarizing the cases we discussed in class and including relevant entries on Wikipedia. I thought, why should we be the only ones who get to know this stuff? So […]

Exam Question as a Paper Topic

Exam Question as a Paper Topic

Last year as a bit of a lark wrote up an exam question (yes, in a non exam course). Though it looks like the tech involved is not being incorporated into the next generation of gaming hardware, the issues are still live ones. As they may inspire a paper (or two) am posting the faux […]

Bitcoin currency valuation through the roof

Bitcoin currency valuation through the roof

Glad to be the first to post this.  The headline is that a man who purchased $27 of bitcoin peer-to-peer digital currency in 2009 and forgot about it discovered that it’s now worth $886 000. Also, cheers to Vancouver for having the world’s first bitcoin ATM (link in article).  There are lots of fascinating implications […]