Hello, guys. This week’s topic is “What does it mean to be ethical? Give examples of ethical behavior in STEM.”
Now some people confuse the definition between ethics and morality.
Being ethical means being in accordance with the accepted principles for right conduct that are considered correct, particularly in a company or profession.
Being moral means being in accordance with your own personal standards of behavior or beliefs regarding what is and what is not acceptable for you to do in society.
Being moral varies between different people, depending on their own customs or cultures, personal experiences, religion, or philosophy on life, etc.
So in a nutshell, being ethical means to follow a set of “rules” within a company or profession, whether seen or unwritten. If you broke those rules, then that means you are being unethical and it may get you in trouble or terminated from your job. However, if what you did was unethical but it was moral to your beliefs then you may get away with it with no penalties. As long as you know what you did was right. If you stood up for what you believed in, even though it is in disagreement with the profession’s code of ethics, then everything will be okay. Well, that does not sit well with every company and it may not work out so well. The most important thing is to stand up for yourself and your beliefs. If you find something wrong about anything then say something about it. You never know what the results might be.
An example of an ethical dilemma in the computer science world is this:
You are working for a company who are about to launch a new computer game. The advertisements have gone out, the newspapers and TV are ready for the launch ………… then the day before you are told that there is a bug, a mistake, in the software. It means players sometimes can’t kill the final boss at the end of the game. If you work on the problem the only solution is to reprogram the final level again. It can be fixed but it will take about a week or so to track it down. The computer code is hard to fix as it’s been written by 10 different people and 5 of them have gone on vacation and can’t be contacted.
So, what do you decide to do?
A. Go ahead and launch the game, despite the facts that it has glitches?
B. Cancel the launch until the glitch is fixed. However, the delay of the game will cause disappointment from fans who have been following the release of the game ever since it was announced.
So what do you do?
Personally, I would go with B.
The reason why is because the finished game will cause less problems and less negative reviews. I rather play a game that has been delayed for months because of a glitch in a program than a game that has been released but has flaws. That says a lot about the company that has released the game. If a game has flaws then that means that the company has not been working hard on it and they do not care about their customer’s happiness but only about their money.
If a company has more happy people that are satisfied with their game then that will cause more positive reviews and greater acknowledgement.
This is an example of an ethical decision because it is right to report the bug in the program and take time to fix it rather than keep it to yourself and damage the company by hearing problems and negative critiques about it. It is better to be safe than sorry. This is a very wise and ethical decision. It is also moral because I went with my own beliefs and did what I think was right. I have been waiting months for a game that I really want but then it turns out that it is full of glitches and bugs and was really not all that I expected.
I know that in software or programs, there are always errors, I mean everyone makes mistakes, both in life and in computer programming and in other things. However, those mistakes can be prevented. Yes, some mistakes in life can be prevented. (KEEP THAT IN MIND!). The game delay may cause some fans to give up on the game, but the true, faithful fans of the game will keep following it through and through. That one game could have been the downfall of my company but I prevented that by pointing out a problem and urged that we resolve it.
You guys heard of the game Super Smash Bros. Brawl for the Nintendo Wii? (A really awesome and well known game, I suggest that you should play it).
Now the reason why I brought this game up is because this game was announced in the year 2005 and that is also when the development for the game has begun. Ever since the game was announced, it has been delayed numerous times. It was finally released in the year 2008. The reason why the creators have been delaying the game was that they were trying to make it the best game possible. And guess what? IT DID BECAME ONE OF THE BEST GAMES POSSIBLE!!!!!!!
This game has won numerous awards and has a great legacy towards it and the series it is a part of. This game is appealing to both gamers and non-gamers. It is that good. It received critically positive reviews from numerous video game critics and video game websites. Everyone loved this game. Its a cult hit!!!! Its well known around the world and I bet if you talk to random person, there is a possible chance that he has played or heard of Super Smash Bros. Brawl!
You see, that is what happen when you sit down and take your time on a project. Identify the problems and figure out how to make it better than most projects. All that time, patience, and hard work will pay off. Trust me, it will. What would have happened if the creators did not take the time to work on their game? If that happened then the game would not have gotten its rewards, the game would have bombed badly, the reviews would have been terrible, and it would have given a bad rep for Nintendo.
You guys heard of Final Fantasy XIV?
Yes, the dreaded Final Fantasy XIV for the PC. When this game first came out in 2010, it received a lot of negative criticism and reception. I bet if you go up to a random person and ask them if they heard of Final Fantasy XIV, they will probably run away screaming their heads off hysterically. Yes, the game was that bad and horrible.
This game was so bad the numerous players have deleted their accounts and want to forget that the game has ever existed.
It was commonly known as the worst game ever and it was labeled as “The Worst Final Fantasy Game Ever.” Now that is a hurtful blow to one of the most awesome and very cool RPG franchises ever to be made in the entire world. For those of you who never played nor heard of the Final Fantasy series, IT IS ONE OF THE BEST RPG AND VIDEO GAME SERIES IN THE WORLD!!!! I totally recommend the series. Imagine being known for having the best games out there but then your latest game was so bad that some of your fans have completely gave up on your company and products forever. (I know some people who actually did).
This game is the shame of the Final Fantasy series, kind of like that one bad, rebellious child in a good family. Has Square-Enix(the name of the company) really ran out of creative ideas and stopped caring about their company and their fans?
There were numerous complaints saying that the game has a lot of bugs and glitches.The game was considered unplayable and incomplete. I mean seriously, this game had a lot of problems. One game reviewer website, 1UP.com said “Inside Final Fantasy XIV, there is a game with considerable depth and potential here, but it needs another six to nine months before it’s ready for primetime and it’s impossible to recommend to anyone in its current state.”
The CEO of Square Enix even stated that "the Final Fantasy brand has been greatly damaged” because of this game. I heard that the developers released the game during its early stages and that is why it bombed.
As a result of that, Square Enix fired the whole development team and hired a new team along with a new team leader, Naoki Yoshida. Now, this is another example of an ethical decision. It may have been wrong for the company to fire people who worked on this game, but THEY HAD TO. For the sake of their company and reputation, they had to. And it was one of the best choices they ever made because they re-released Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn for the PC and PS3, in the year 2013, and that game acquired better reviews than its original game.
Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn was applauded for its graphics, plot, storyline, gameplay, characters, and artwork. This re-imagining of the game saved Square-Enix. Usgamer, a video game review website, gave A Realm Reborn a score of 5 out of 5 stars, stating that “Square Enix has pulled off the seemingly impossible: rescuing a disastrous flop of an online game without going free-to-play, and creating an incredibly addictive, satisfying experience for both MMO and Final Fantasy veterans in the process. A Realm Reborn is a triumph for Naoki Yoshida and his team.”
Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn was named Best MMORPG(Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game) of the year by Game Informer, a video game magazine. It sales were through the roof and it gave back the Final Fantasy series the credit that it deserves. As of February 2014, 1.8 million players have created 6.7 million characters and over 400 million hours of play time were accumulated from the game.
You see that? Square-Enix made a complete turnaround. In fact, the CEO Yoichi Wada made the staff of Square-Enix play one of their old games, Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System(another amazing game I would recommend)
in order to teach them how to make an amazing RPG again, since this another one of Square’s best games and another well-known Role-Playing Game. This is also an ethical decision because it greatly benefited the company by showing the current staff what made Super Mario RPG a good RPG and how they can use those characteristics towards Final Fantasy XIV. This program promoted good conduct and principles of beliefs that made Square-Enix what it is today.
Also, the name of the game is symbolic of the stages that it went through. When I hear “A Realm Reborn,” I think about a rebirth. In the game, there was an apocalyptic event that destroyed much of Eorzea (the setting of the game) and the player’s character is sent 5 years into the future. In the future, Eorzea is recovering and rebuilding itself. To find out more, play the game and see it for yourself.
Basically, the original game was destroyed in an apocalyptic event known as the Calamity, and in response, the new game A Realm Reborn was born to take its place. I just love symbolism that is present in video games. I really want to work in the video game industry one day and work on awesome games like this.
And yes, video games are stem related. Physics, Math(Yes, there is a lot of math in video games), Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Technology, and Engineering Technology.
Well, that is all I have to say. I hoped you guys learned something from this blog and I apologize for it being super-long. It is just that I am very talkative and I love to express my ideas.
TRUST YOUR GUT! STAND UP FOR WHAT YOU BELIEVE IN! AND MOST OF ALL, BE ETHICAL AND PLEASE HAVE MORALS!!!!!!!!!!!!
P.S. I just found out that STEM has a National Stem Video Game Challenge. Maybe, for those of you who are interested in video games would like to try it out.
By the way, video games can make you smarter. Experts say so.
Have a good week!