Human Rights and Virtual Worlds

Human rights and games are not topics normally discussed together. This doesn’t mean that they shouldn’t be; rather, it means that the relationship between them is under-explored. This talk examines some of the human rights implications for games and vice versa. When do the rights of game designers, game players and members of society at large have primacy over the others?

About Dr. Richard A Bartle
Award-winning game designer Dr Richard Bartle has been involved with MMOs for longer than anybody, having co-written the first one, “MUD”, in 1978. His famous Player Types model has seen widespread adoption by the games industry and beyond, and his 2003 book, “Designing Virtual Worlds“, is the classic text on the subject. In 2010, he was the first recipient of the Game Developers Choice award of Online Game Legend. He is Honorary Professor of Computer Game Design at the University of Essex, where it all began. He’s also innumerable characters in MMOs.