Has Bartel resolved the gamer's dilemma?

Morgan Luck, Nathan Ellerby

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In this paper we consider whether Christopher Bartel has resolved the gamer's dilemma. The gamer's dilemma highlights a discrepancy in our moral judgements about the permissibility of performing certain actions in computer games. Many gamers have the intuition that virtual murder is permissible in computer games, whereas virtual paedophilia is not. Yet finding a relevant moral distinction to ground such intuitions can be difficult. Bartel suggests a relevant moral distinction may turn on the notion that virtual paedophilia harms women in a way that virtual murder does not. We argue that this distinction is only in a position to provide a partial solution to the dilemma.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)229-233
Number of pages5
JournalEthics and Information Technology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2013


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