This weeks reading –
Do game designers need an ethical code?
There most definitely is a need for game designers to have an ethical code. However, too strict ethical codes may lead to a stifling of creation and growth within the industry. In terms of how a games company treats its staff, there is definitely a need for a code of ethics so that fairness and professionalism strive.
Is the IGDA Code a solid ethical code for game designers?
I feel like the IGDA code is fairly solid when it comes to managing different disciplinary relationships within a games studio or presenting content as an individual. The code outlines, that as individual developers they will “Continually strive to increase the recognition and respect of the profession; uphold the integrity of our work and credit contributions where they are due, never representing another’s work as our own, or vice versa”. This is great, and it’s a principle that most aspiring game developers would respect. Perhaps the addition of “increase the recognition and respect of the profession” may not full into the realm of ethics, but other than that this outlines one of the main ethical concerns within the industry – plagiarism.
The code still needs to provide more information in regards to the actually video game design process, instead of focusing on the relationship between employees relationships and copywriter issues.
“Code Of Ethics – International Game Developers Association (IGDA)”. Igda.org. Web. 8 Mar. 2016.