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Why It's Impossible to Purchase Games Ethically

This issue applies equally to both childish franchises and franchises that end up with a Mature Content sticker before they hit shelves. The issue at hand? We’re going to see if it’s possible to buy games without supporting such atrocities as child labor, virtual slavery, severe workplace hazards, and the poisoning of the environment. Spoiler alert: it's not possible.

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Zulehan985d ago

It is hard to be 'clean' about many products purchased by the average consumer in the 'First World' or 'Global North,' and (at a lesser scale only due to less disposable income in general, and fewer powerful corporations and governments) plenty of consumers in the 'Third World' or 'Global South' (especially in China, the fastest growing country now over 50% urbanized and increasingly within reach of a middle class lifestyle; some cities in China increasingly appear as developed as the average Western European city).

We live in a society where a president can stand in front of his fellow citizens and request they spend more as a patriotic duty, and where people think you are a failure despite having millions of consumers if your competitors have millions more.

Of course people are going to cut ethical corners to make a material gain, whether they hide behind a corporate logo, or have a face.

The author is right about there potentially being a moral issue with the way video game systems are manufactured, it may be useful to focus the spotlight on video game manufacturing in particular, and such a focus is clearly relevant to a website like this. At the same time it is important to keep eye on the systemic nature of the issue; it is pervasive, ingrained in us, buried in our bones.

Zulehan985d ago (Edited 985d ago )

Assuming you meant to include me in that:

Ha. Already knew the short, hostile reply was coming as I was typing my post, and that you would speak for most people.

(Also, guessing the reply to this is again: 'Hey, shut up.')

TheTimeDoctor984d ago

No sorry, it wasn't directed to you. It was towards this attitude of video game outsiders creating controversy for the sake of controversy. I will state this as clearly as possible, I don't play video games to correct "social injustices," I do not care about your bull crap agenda. If you don't like how games currently are, make your own god damn game.
again, hey, shut up, cupcake

ThunderPulse984d ago (Edited 984d ago )

This is the dumbest article I've seen on the site today. What's next Destiny isn't ethical because when you get a new gun you don't recycle your old one?

Tiqila985d ago (Edited 985d ago )

so the argument is that it is unethical to buy products from china and since games/consoles are manufactured in china it is unethical to purchase them?

makes no sense!

Zulehan984d ago

That is not what I got from it. Maybe I misread. What I got is that manufacturing is outsourced to countries where there is less worker protection. Companies routinely move their operations to the "Third World" to escape having to compensate their employees as much, having to pay as well, and having to worry about working conditions, the conditions of the structures employees are working in, etc. In other words, employees work under conditions that would be considered unacceptable in the "First World."

To put it differently, it is not necessarily that a product comes from China, but that it is far more likely the product, if from China, was produced under poor conditions for the employee than if it were produced in Europe, the United States, etc. Part of the problem is that it is much harder to know under what conditions products were produced since the very point of corporations outsourcing the labor is to escape or at receive more relaxed oversight (hence the preference for 'Third World' countries, which are far more willing to cede oversight and conditions for the sake of the corporation providing more jobs for its citizens).

ShaunCameron984d ago

Or companies move their operations overseas to to escape high taxes, bureaucratic red-tape and unions which in turn makes doing business in the First World too costly.

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Tiqila985d ago

by the same argument it would not be ethical to have a website or browse the internet at all. Surely some of those routers are manufactured in china...

Don't try to convince people how they should behave ethically while not behaving ethically yourself.

sarydactl985d ago

Are you saying this is not an issue that should be addressed on the internet? Imagine two people in the early morning boarded a subway and sat next to each other. Both are still in their pajamas. One person points out to the other and says, 'You probably don't want to be in pajamas if you're on your way to work.' The other replies, 'How can you say that, when you're also in pajamas?' Now imagine that the sale of regular work clothes is upwards of $10,000, and those clothes can only be custom tailored after a long discourse. This is despite the fact that pajamas only cost $170-$600, depending on the clothing brand. Both go to work, depressed that they can't afford real clothes.

But in all seriousness, we should at least encourage law makers to enforce their trade agreements that address child slavery...yep, I'd say that's the very LEAST we can do.

Tiqila984d ago

I don't think its unethical to buy a product from china. Also, if I tell others that environmental pollution was unethical, I would surely not do so while driving a coal roller.

AlexFili985d ago

One problem is most websites don't care if there is an adult or a child at the computer (some of the adverts I've seen are questionable at best and not suitable for all ages). Asking the user to enter their date of birth is pointless if they can just lie.

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