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Title: Virtual Ethics
Author(s): NYS, Thomas
Journal: Ethical Perspectives
Volume: 17    Issue: 1   Date: 2010   
Pages: 79-93
DOI: 10.2143/EP.17.1.2046958

Abstract :
As a response to Gooskens’ article (see pp. 59-78), this paper offers some further comments on the ethics of violent or immoral video games. After arguing that the appeal of such games actually presupposes an awareness of moral transgression, it considers the desensitization thesis, the argument from catharsis, and the relevance of human flourishing. Although this brief analysis does not provide any clear-cut answer to the question of whether or not such games ought to be frowned upon, it does reveal some possible sources of discomfort.

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