Halo and Philosophy: Intellect Evolved by Luke CuddyHalo and Philosophy: Intellect Evolved by Luke Cuddy

Halo and Philosophy: Intellect Evolved

EditorLuke Cuddy

Paperback | June 17, 2011

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Since theDoom series, First Person Shooter (FPS) videogames have ricocheted through the gaming community, often reaching outside that community to the wider public. While critics primarily lampoon FPSs for their aggressiveness and on-screen violence, gamers see something else.Halo is one of the greatest, most successful FPSs ever to grace the world of gaming. AlthoughHalo is a FPS, it has a science-fiction storyline that draws from previous award-winning science fiction literature. It employs a game mechanic that limits the amount of weapons a player can carry to two, and a multiplayer element that has spawned websites like Red vs. Blue and games within the game created by players themselves.Halo's unique and extraordinary features raise serious questions. Are campers really doing anything wrong? DoesHalo's music match the experience of the gamer? Would Plato have usedHalo to train citizens to live an ethical life? What sort of Artificial Intelligence exists inHalo and how is it used? Can the player's experience of war tell us anything about actual war? Is there meaning to Master Chief's rough existence? How does it affect the player's ego if she identifies too strongly with an aggressive character like Master Chief? IsHalo really science fiction? CanHalo be used for enlightenment-oriented thinking in the Buddhist sense? DoesHalo's weapon limitation actually contribute to the depth of the gameplay? When we willingly playHalo only to die again and again, are we engaging in some sort of self-injurious behavior? What is expansive gameplay and how can it be informed by the philosophy of Michel Foucault? In what way doesHalo's post-apocalyptic paradigm force gamers to see themselves as agents of divine deliverance? What can Red vs. Blue teach us about personal identity?These questions are tackled by writers who are bothHalo cognoscenti and active philosophers, with a foreword by renownedHalo fiction author Fred Van Lente and an afterword by leading games scholar and artist Roger Ngim. Since theDoom series, First Person Shooter (FPS) videogames have ricocheted through the gaming community, often reaching outside that community to the wider public. While critics primarily lampoon FPSs for their aggressiveness and on-screen violence, gamers see something else.Halo is one of the greatest, most successful FPSs ever to grace the world of gaming. AlthoughHalo is a FPS, it has a science-fiction storyline that draws from previous award-winning science fiction literature. It employs a game mechanic that limits the amount of weapons a player can carry to two, and a multiplayer element that has spawned websites like Red vs. Blue and games within the game created by players themselves.Halo's unique and extraordinary features raise serious questions. Are campers really doing anything wrong? DoesHalo's music match the experience of the gamer? Would Plato have usedHalo to train citizens to live an ethical life? What sort of Artificial Intelligence exists inHalo and how is it used? Can the player's experience of war tell us anything about actual war? Is there meaning to Master Chief's rough existence? How does it affect the player's ego if she identifies too strongly with an aggressive character like Master Chief? IsHalo really science fiction? CanHalo be used for enlightenment-oriented thinking in the Buddhist sense? DoesHalo's weapon limitation actually contribute to the depth of the gameplay? When we willingly playHalo only to die again and again, are we engaging in some sort of self-injurious behavior? What is expansive gameplay and how can it be informed by the philosophy of Michel Foucault? In what way doesHalo's post-apocalyptic paradigm force gamers to see themselves as agents of divine deliverance? What can Red vs. Blue teach us about personal identity?These questions are tackled by writers who are bothHalo cognoscenti and active philosophers, with a foreword by renownedHalo fiction author Fred Van Lente and an afterword by leading games scholar and artist Roger Ngim.
Title:Halo and Philosophy: Intellect EvolvedFormat:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.53 inPublished:June 17, 2011Publisher:Carus PublishingLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0812697189

ISBN - 13:9780812697186

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