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 begin to look at what feels like the most ultimate aspect of the human condition, Death. As a species we have fought tirelessly to both understand, and tame the elusive beast known as death, nearly every major and minor culture and religion has stories around death, what it actually embodies, why it happens and what happens after the person when they Die.
Today, as we play Dark Souls 3, we will be taking a look at principles of reincarnation, or, more specifically, being brought back to earth to live life all over again. Reincarnation is a common theme in many East Asian Philosophies. In today’s episode we will be focusing primarily on Yoga’s view of life and death, as well as some Buddhist principles. In exploring death in video games and in real life, we will also begin to tackle what the very meaning of life is, at least according to some schools of thought.
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 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.