Game app development is an industry that is meant to cater fun and entertainment to the audience. But along with this, the game app developers should not forget the ethics and morals by delivering something which is morally and ethically disturbing for the society in general.
To deliver game designs which are morally ethical could be challenging! We can probably all agree that game developers do not create video games with malicious purposes. The goal of game designers is to create enjoyable games that players will find adventurous and fun. But at the same time, is it okay for a game to make use of assault weapons if its only goal is to make people have fun? If the goal of the game is to kill the other player, can we hold the game designer morally accountable? Secondly, how many opponents did the player decapitate raises the question of how much moral guilt is placed on him or her.
The purpose and intention of the game matters! And therefore, it should always be intended to convey the right message in society. If a game is way too violent and is capable of bringing up aggression and violence in the players, it shall be considered as unethical. Many of the big game app development companies and game app developers would agree that games should always have a moral and ethics supporting content as per the country’s culture and ethos. However, it should also be agreed upon that the game content can be evaluated by interpreting its content and whether it aspires to be entertaining or has some historic or real world related imitating content. Therefore, it can be taken as the social and moral responsibility of the big game app development companies that they only create game content that serves entertainment and fun in the audience while not promoting aggression and harm in society in any sense.
If we go by the ethics and moral supporting content of the game, it is not responsible for making it profitable or not. But still many of the game app developers believe that creating novel and ethical game genres will not be as profitable as the genres that support violence and real time issues. Taking one particular game app business in consideration, the Kuma reality games, it only creates games that are based on real time war events and one such example is the game that includes the arrest of Saddam Hussein. The game uses current events as its settings and first person shooter games are episodic in this game. And there are many other trending games on the internet that are making huge profits by making content and genre on real life tragedies. But at the same time many game app developers feel that there is no need to glamorise real life and war time events to make profits out of it by descripting the real life image of heroic characters and stories.
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