In this episode, Brian, Josue and I discuss the concept of cheating in games. Whether we acknowledge it or not, deception is a life skill. From as early as 2 we learn that fake crying may result in getting what we want. It is later through the structure of social learning that this habit becomes less cute and more annoying, that the external world starts to punish this behavior and reinforce honesty. As a result, we get more tricksy, more wiley in our lies. By the time we are adults, we are programmed by deceptive ad campaigns that suggest using this mouthwash and that deodorant will make your life better. It is not surprising that unchecked cheating in games result in more crafty cheaters. However, most of us would say that cheating is not in the spirit of playing games with others. Subversion of the rules for a personal agenda is often seen as outside of the boundaries of good taste and ethical gamesmanship. It’s a briar patch of controversy that we can dig into and perhaps gain some better understanding. This episode can start that discussion and hopefully provide some insight into cheating behaviors. The dice are loaded and the deck is stacked in this episode of Rolling For Change.
The title says it all. In this episode I am joined by Brian Peace, Ginger Peace, Josue Cardona, and Suzi Harris in a discussion about the impact of gaming on relationships (intimacy and sexuality). The episode is R rated so sensitive listeners may just want to wait around for something less evocative. Thanks for listening.
Recently, our list of Rolling for Change projects has been growing and I believe that we are building some momentum. We have a ton more podcasts in the works, we are working towards doing some Twitch streams, and we are working to get invited to several gaming conventions. I am pretty excited about our growth and I am certainly excited that you dear listeners are joining us for this wacky adventure of discovery we are on.
This episode is a brief exploration into the social aspects of gaming and how those games bring us together, and perhaps at times even serve to create distance between us. Josue and I are not the final answer, but I believe we uncover a number of hidden things that will be of interest to all of you and to our hobby as a whole.
Stay tuned for the next episode when Brian, Josue and I are joined by Ginger and Suzi to discuss the ways that games enhance intimacy.
Keep Rolling, and Keep Changing
This year is going to be an amazing year for our little podcast. You will see more regular content, twitch streams, and potentially live shows at gaming conventions.
That said, I am very excited to offer this deeper discussion of life simulation games. Brian, Josue and I discuss the values and reasons behind life simulation games. We discuss tabletop gaming and computer games both. I hope you will enjoy this journey.
Best wishes, keep on gaming, and keep on Rolling for Change.