In-game Consent (ft Tim Schafer)
Video games are all about agency; players have the ability to exercise their will in the virtual world… at least usually without any strings attached, as long as you’re willing to work hard enough. Talk about grinding – sex!
Authority also plays an important role in that, especially with regard to consent. The game raises interesting questions around consent, primarily because a group of people set the rules and define the extent of the autonomy the player has, whether it’s wild sexual freedom. CD Projekt Red’s Cyberpunk 2077’s open-world on-demand ride or more linear, oriented experiences like Double Fine’s Astronaut 2. So be cool and talk about consent in the game electronics and see if we can do it better.