World Games for Equal Dignity (WGED)
HumanDHS is primarily grounded in academic work. We are independent of any religious or political agenda. However, we wish to bring academic work into "real life." Our research focuses on topics such as dignity (with humiliation as its violation), or, more precisely, on respect for equal dignity for all human beings in the world. This is not only our research topic, but also our core value, in line with Article 1 of the Human Rights Declaration that states that every human being is born with equal dignity (that ought not be humiliated).
We agree with Shibley Telhami, Anwar Sadat Professor for Peace and Development, who advocates the building of bridges from academia as follows, "I have always believed that good scholarship can be relevant and consequential for public policy. It is possible to affect public policy without being an advocate; to be passionate about peace without losing analytical rigor; to be moved by what is just while conceding that no one has a monopoly on justice." We would like to add that we believe that good scholarship can be relevant and consequential not only for public policy, but for raising awareness in general.
Our quest for dignity aims at building bridges from social science to other areas of life. Why should games only celebrate violence? Why not dignity and love? We look for interested people, who would like to develop our WGED page. Please see our Call for Creativity.
Please note that the entire HumanDHS website is maintained by volunteers since its inception in 2003, and this is mainly done by Evelin Lindner. Until 2012, she usually pasted interesting news into this Links section, since July 2012, she also tags interesting information here.
Veteran Designer Peter Molyneux Has Said that He Wants to Put Love into his Next Game, Fable 2
"This is my bold claim - I need you to experience something in Fable that you as gamers have never experienced before," he declared. Gamers will be able to start a family and watch their child grow over time. Emotional reactions to gaming, such as love, fear and even empathy, remain the holy grail for many developers. "Everybody is talking about emotion, story, engagement and narrative," Mr Molyneux said. "We have tried to approach it in a different way. We are going to explore love"...
Please read the entire article at http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/2/hi/technology/6434471.stm.
Virtual Worlds Are 'Worth $1bn'
Millions of people are flocking to inhabit virtual online worlds, says research by analysts Screen Digest. The market for massively multiplayer online games (MMOGs) in the West is now worth more than $1bn (£511m)...
Please read the entire article at http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/1/hi/technology/6470433.stm.