Halo and Philosophy: Intellect Evolved (Popular Culture and Philosophy)

Halo and Philosophy: Intellect Evolved (Popular Culture and Philosophy)

Luke Cuddy

because the Doom sequence, First individual Shooter (FPS) videogames have ricocheted throughout the gaming neighborhood, frequently attaining outdoors that neighborhood to the broader public. whereas critics essentially lampoon FPSs for his or her aggressiveness and on-screen violence, avid gamers see anything else. Halo is among the maximum, such a lot profitable FPSs ever to grace the realm of gaming. even though Halo is a FPS, it has a science-fiction storyline that attracts from past award-winning technology fiction literature. It employs a online game mechanic that
limits the volume of guns a participant can hold to 2, and a multiplayer point that has spawned web content like purple vs. Blue and video games in the online game created by way of avid gamers themselves.

Halo’s particular and striking positive aspects increase critical questions. Are campers rather doing something flawed? Does Halo’s tune fit the adventure of the gamer? could Plato have used Halo to coach electorate to dwell a moral existence? what kind of man made Intelligence exists in Halo and the way is it used? Can the player’s adventure of struggle let us know something approximately genuine warfare? Is there intending to grasp Chief’s tough lifestyles? How does it impact the player’s ego if she identifies too strongly with an competitive personality like grasp leader? Is Halo fairly technological know-how fiction? Can Halo be used for enlightenment-oriented pondering within the Buddhist feel? Does Halo's weapon challenge truly give a contribution to the intensity of the gameplay? after we willingly play Halo purely to die repeatedly, are we accomplishing a few kind of self-injurious habit? what's expansive gameplay and the way can or not it's proficient by means of the philosophy of Michel Foucault? In what approach does Halo’s post-apocalyptic paradigm strength players to work out themselves as brokers of divine deliverance? What can pink vs. Blue train us approximately own identity?

These questions are tackled by way of writers who're either Halo cognoscenti and lively philosophers, with a foreword through well known Halo fiction writer Fred Van Lente and an afterword via prime video games pupil and artist Roger Ngim.

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