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 will take our first steps in exploring the Euclid Galaxy in No Man’s Sky. Available on PC and PlayStation 4, No Man’s Sky was the center of much critical and consumer criticism, making it one of the more controversial games of 2016. Regardless of the controversy surrounding the game, I still enjoyed it immensely.
In today’s episode, we will be exploring one of the many worlds available to players, harvesting resources in order to repair our vessel so we can take to the stars. While exploring this planet, we will be taking our first-look at modern philosophical thinking as we discuss existentialism as it relates to No Man’s Sky. We will also be talking about one influential modern thinker, as well as acknowledging other philosophical concepts presented to us in No Man’s Sky.
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.