Morgan Luck




Institutional affiliation

Charles Sturt University


Associate Professor

Research interests relevant to game philosophy

I am interested in the moral permissibility of actions performed within games. In particular, fictitious acts performed by players within computer games. One puzzle in this area I am considering is why we think murdering characters in computer games is sometimes OK (e.g. driving over an innocent pedestrian in GTA5), but raping characters in computer games is not.

Publications and presentations relevant to game philosophy

Luck, M. ‘The Gamer’s Dilemma: An analysis of the arguments for the moral distinction between virtual murder and virtual paedophilia’. Ethics and Information Technology 11/1 (2009)

Luck, M. ‘Crashing a Virtual Funeral: Morality in MMORPGs’. Journal of Information, Communication & Ethics in Society 7/4 (2009) 280 – 285

Luck, M. & Ellerby, N. ‘Has Bartel resolved the gamer's dilemma?’ Ethics and Information Technology 15/3 (2013)

Luck, M. ‘Formulating the Gamer’s Dilemma’ Video Games and Virtual Ethics Confernce (London: The Open University, 2017) (Keynote)


Gamer's Dilemma; Computer game ethics,


Morgan Luck