It actually was about ethics. It was also about morality. Both of these things speak volumes about an individual’s character and what I learned was that there are many gamers out there without a very solid moral compass.
Like many have said before me, gamergate had very little personal affect. However, this lack of direct involvement did afford me the luxury of watching from afar and drawing some conclusions, not all of which will be very popular.
The latest Contains Moderate Peril podcast was dedicated entirely to Eve Online and brought up several interesting questions about the community surrounding #Eve. One facet in particular that caught my attention included the question of #ethics within the game. As with any game, and especially the more sandbox-style games, there are certain things that a player can do that are not necessarily against the rules of the game, but may have other consequences (blacklisting from other players, all out declaration of war) or none at all, depending on whether you get caught or not. There even seems to be an element of admiration for those who know the systems and networks within the game well enough to be able to get away with certain types of unethical behavior, and perhaps even thrive because of it.