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date: 17 February 2020

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Digital game play is increasingly acknowledged as an activity in which moral decisions are made. Research to date has largely addressed decisions pertaining to transgressions despite opportunities for prosocial moral choices. These decisions range from relatively benign acts of cheating to gain advantage within a game to the more egregious infliction of physical harm on virtual others to advance one’s goals. Research examining the ramifications of these transgressions as they apply to perceptions of game play and to real-world behaviors is still relatively new and largely studied among undergraduate participants. We survey this growing body of work with consideration of the theoretical perspectives that have been used to frame it and the factors, such as game narrative and mode of play, that have been identified as impacting players’ moral judgments and choices in the digital game world.

Keywords: digital game play, moral reasoning, moral decision making, moral theory, cheating

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