Armchair Gaming

Armchair Gaming Episode 7: Personal Identity

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.

Today we are diving into Destiny 2. Destiny 2, by Bungie, is a first person-shooter with serious RPG elements, released in 2017.

In today’s episode, we will be taking a look at Destiny 2, and how it presents personal identity. While the main story presents a compelling epic, it is the little details in character development that we will be looking at. The existence of the player in the game, as well as the entire Vanguard that defends the Traveler and the last human city, provide a sounding board for discussions on humanity, personal identity, personal experience, and free-will.

 

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 had 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’s 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