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Crime, Punishment, and Video Games: Key Current and Future Issues

This talk will explore a range of issues related to video games, crime, and criminal justice, including how games represent crime and punishment, how they serve as platforms through which old and newly emerging deviant and criminal behaviours occur and are managed, and how emerging gaming technologies and ecosystems may transform crime and deviance in the future. 

This event was held on April 26, 2021.


Speaker bio:

Steven Downing is an associate professor at Ontario Tech University. His research explores on- and offline subcultures surrounding deviant and criminal behaviours and informal social control mechanisms. He has published works in this area on issues including digital piracy, theft and violence in virtual worlds, and representations of prison-life in video games. 


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