some interesting news coming out re: a torture-based quest in the new WoW expansion.
what does this imply about teaching (or being unable to teach) abstract values in a gaming world?
Will there be a desensitizing effect? I’m curious as to how we’d test for one.
An interesting idea – I don’t know enough about WoW to know if it is possible- would be to have a related quest be to save the prisoner and stop the torture.
and here’s some follow-up from WIRED, arguing for what I think is a pretty good rough analogy with our “games to teach values” discussion from early last summer where we mused on using WoW to teach tolerance.