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PAX East Pokémon Go!

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Tyr Fothergill

on 30 April 2018

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Transcript of PAX East Pokémon Go!

The Ethics of
How this works
Catherine: Ethics of Pokémon Go (20 mins)

Tyr: Archaeological background, Ethics of Pokémon (10 mins)

Propriety: Views from the Pokémon Go community (10 mins)

Live Q&A!

Submit your questions at: www.slido.com and enter #W235

Ethics of Pokémon Go
The Panel
Dr. Catherine Flick - Reader in Computing & Social Responsibility, De Montfort University, Leicester

Dr. Tyr Fothergill - Research Fellow, De Montfort University, Leicester

Dr. Propriety - Software Engineer, PAX Pokémon League
Ethics and Pokémon
Views from the Community
If we don't get through your questions, we'll do a special podcast on the topic!
Or, why people get really annoyed by spoofers but think Pokémon Go Plus is okay
About my research
Mental health and Pokémon Go with Dr. Jess Urwin (papers forthcoming)
Qualitative online and offline surveys
Face-to-face interviews with Pokémon Go players
Lots of data on what frustrates players
Or: a short, archaeologically-oriented history of Human animals controlling non-Human animals for Human reasons
Blood Sport and Battles
Continuity and change
A Modern Case
Why do we do this?
Other anti-social gameplay
Things that are ok(?)
Pokémon Go Plus
How to stop cheating?
EX Raids
Pokémon capture
But... but... but...
Catch bot
Data collection bot
Gym bots

But... but... but...
Scanners (fed by bots)
Sniping (pre gym overhaul)
Multiple accounts
Shaving (post gym overhaul)
Literal fights

But... but... but...
IV calculators/overlays that don't involve botting
Trackers that rely on public input
"Joysticking" (in certain circumstances)
Driving instead of walking
vs. Go-Tcha
runs in background
catches Pokémon
spins Pokéstops
(but you have to press the button)
runs in background
catches Pokémon
spins Pokéstops
(no button pressing required)
...but isn't it just a game?
Games really do affect people's lives

Just because you can do something, doesn't mean you should

Even if you think you're not hurting anyone, you might be

There may be future consequences of cheating now
Subscribe to our podcast: www.notjustagame.eu
Q: slido.com

Gameplay changes
Machine learning?
Reporting mechanisms
Q: slido.com


Q: slido.com

Living collections
Sumeria onward
Zoos, Menageries

Cretan "games"
Games, etc.
Trained animal battles
Variety of animals
A social purpose
By Marie-Lan Nguyen (2011), Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=16667880
Assyrian bas relief from Nineveh 865BC-860BC, British Museum
Image by Chalmers, in Kisling's
Zoo and Aquarium History
Fresco from the Palace of Knossos, Heraklion Archaeological Museum, Crete
Hunting, Collecting, Battling
Purposes - similar
Perception - evolving ;)
Technology - different!

Sheep Fighting in Algeria
Culturally important
Context is everything
Right or Rite (obligation)
Community association
Moral value?
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