Armchair Gaming

Armchair Gaming Episode 5: Empty Space and Nihilism

Welcome to another episode of Armchair Gaming. The goal for this show is simple: I want to help you learn more about philosophy, and I’ll be using video games as an instrument to help teach it.

We’re currently exploring the Euclid Galaxy in No Man’s Sky. Although No Man’s Sky was the center of much controversy in 2016, I appreciated the game for what it was rather than what it wasn’t.

In today’s episode, we get shifted to a new starting world, and take our first look at inter-planetary travel. While travelling between planets, blasting asteroids, and interacting with friendly aliens, we discuss Nihilism in greater detail, exploring how the vacuous nature of the game can be used to promote discussion of nihilism, and the distinct cultures between alien species can be used to evaluate and understand arguments for moral nihilism.

 

About Armchair Gaming

I had the chance to explore philosophy in high school, and I loved it so much that I went on to study it at Trent University, where I obtained a bachelor of Arts, majoring in philosophy. I feel so strongly about the subject that I often find myself going through the books I purchased over my university career, as well as adding to the collection regularly.

Philosophy is an amazingly exciting subject that can teach us not just what to think, but how to think. Unfortunately, a lot of people see philosophy as some intimidating monster, with difficult concepts and theories to grasp. Conversely, some see it as a waste of someone’s time and intellect. As someone who has dedicated their life to the subject, this Scholarly Gamer wants to bring philosophy to you in a way that is approachable, sometimes funny, and presented through a medium of great importance to himself and millions of other people around the world: Games.

I hope you’ll join us on this journey. And remember, you never go a day in your life without living some philosophy.

Author: Sheldon Goodridge

Sheldon was Born and raised in Canada’s Capital City, Ottawa, where he came to love 4 things… Metal, Hockey, Knitting and Gaming. Sheldon has a B.A in philosophy from Trent University, and uses his critical analysis and knowledge from his 4 years accidentally ruining everything for everyone. In his limited spare time, He generally tries to be an upstanding Canadian Citizen