Technical Foul! Should video games penalize you for cursing in the privacy of your own home?

Have your students share in a discussion and respond to what players of the new XBox One and the PS4 quickly discovered, that if you dont watch your language, these new state of the art gaming consoles will watch it for you.

Both new consoles contain advanced sensory technology that recognize verbal communications and physical actions and incorporates your behavior into the gameplay. The latest discovery that caused quite a stir amongst the gaming community is the feature that penalizes players for using foul language over multiplayer communications and spoken into the headset microphone. Developers of the 2K franchise released a statement, This was a feature we incorporated to NBA 2K13 that we felt brought both realism to the game, and a more civilized online environment for our players…The result was so positive we have continued it in NBA 2K14.


Some media may contain mature content. Discretion is advised when viewing with students.

Lesson Plan

Play the video clip for your students and give them some context on this hot button issue. Ask your students if any of them have experienced this new censorship feature. Use the discussion questions below to start a conversation with your students about censorship vs. the invasion of privacy.

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Lesson tags: Eighth, English, Ninth, Seventh, Sixth, Sports, Video Games

Abran Maldonado

Abran Maldonado Entrepreneur, scholar and music industry veteran, Abran Maldonado is the CEO and Founder of NuSkool. He has spent over a decade addressing the needs of underserved youth using a hybrid approach fusing both entertainment and education through professional development, student enrichment and educational research. After several years in the entertainment industry, Abran decided to enter the academy to further explore digital media and other aspects of youth culture and their implications on the advancement of 21st century education.