I, like many others, play ego-shooters and similar games, and sometimes you hear politicians, which barely know anything about the topic, talk about the players like they were ticking bombs which could “explode” any time and murder people.
As you may guess i don’t see it that way, but I think a lot about ethics, social acceptance of certain things, and their real impact on society.
Some strange company in Japan has developed a Game (Rapelay) where the player has to rape women in the subway, i had a lot of discussions about it, some say it should be banned (happened in the UK) some say it is disgusting but it should be allowed since no one is hurt.
I myself find it disgusting too, but is that enough to say the players of such a simulation are potential rapists, like they talk about egoshooter players saying they are potential killers?
Should we take a look at the intention of the player, could this help to determine if a game is “dangerous”?
But lets go a step further:
Lets say we are able to build rooms like the hollodeck from Star Trek, should there be Restrictions on what could be materialized in there, or what should be allowed to happen?
Should Pedophiles/Rapists/Murderers be allowed to live their fantasys in this close to reality environment?