Would You Kindly Consider the Consequences?

  • Yvette Ann Walker University of Southern California, Gould School of Law


This article seeks to introduce the application of laws to the plot lines of videogames as a source of legal scholarship and reflexive social critique through an analysis of the legal liability for the killing of Big Daddies in Bioshock.

Author Biography

Yvette Ann Walker, University of Southern California, Gould School of Law
Third Year Law Student


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