OK ladies and gentlemen and everyone in between. We interrupt our regularly scheduled programming to issue a reminder that I will be live-blogging the Sex in Video Games Conference on Thursday and Friday, although conference-related posts may start as soon as Wednesday, in the late afternoon or evening, U.S. Pacific Standard Time.
I’ll have my camera with me, so I’ll also be somewhat of a roving photographer, as well as an oversexed blogger who will be following his nose for interesting stuff to cover. Which won’t be that hard, considering the roster of speakers and interesting talks that are scheduled. Have you seen the agenda? It kicks ass. As some may already know, I’ll be on the panel called Pleasing the Player: What Emergent Sex Can Teach Developers.
Outside of that, one panel discussion that I’ll be VERY keen on attending is the one titled Morals & Ethics & Sex & Games. Among those slated to participate are an attorney whose specialty is free speech and censorship issues, and a Free Speech Coalition staffer. Yes, I will be scrutinizing words, and hoping the discussion is not laden with legalese. Here’s the official synopsis for what sorts of issues that panel will be addressing:
From sex crimes to sexual freedom, moral and ethical decisions face game developers every day as they manage an ever-increasing user base. They face challenging questions and issues. Should consensual sexual violence be allowed in virtual worlds? How does one handle sex crimes in virtual spaces? How do you prevent the same? Do we have an obligation to show safe sex practices? This panel brings a leading game ethicist, a prominent First Amendment lawyer and developers together to ask these very questions.
Verrrry interesting. *rests a finger to lip, raising an eyebrow* OK, once more on this one though:
Should consensual sexual violence be allowed in virtual worlds?
The short answer: Yep, particularly if BDSM is considered ‘violence’ in this inquiry.
Anyhow, keep in mind that I am a live-blogging virgin and will be popping my proverbial cherry at this event. So, I have no idea how smoothly this will go. I can tell you this: I’ve been a news journalist (now an editor) for daily print media for some eight years, so I’m no stranger to covering stuff. Only thing is, I don’t expect to be making newsy posts. Nope. I do not wish to be so formal. My chief aim will be to provide an overall sense of what’s going on and what’s being said, ideally including glimpses from behind the scenes. Perhaps there will even be firsthand accounts of me having panic attacks inside my hotel room the night before my panel!
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