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Product Details

  • Series: Popular Culture and Philosophy (Book 59)
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Open Court (June 7, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812697189
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812697186
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #533,000 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Billy Hollis VINE VOICE on July 13, 2012
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Philosophy can be dry stuff. Explaining philosophical concepts in a familiar context makes it less so. This book does a pretty good job of discussing a lot of mainstream philosophical principles by looking at how they apply to Halo.

The essays are grouped using the levels of campaign difficulty in Halo: Easy, Normal, Heroic, and Legendary. But I could not see much correlation between that grouping and the sophistication of the philosophy involved.

As with any book of essays by different authors, the quality varies a bit. I liked all the essays in the Easy group, but was especially fond of "Why Plato Wants You to Play Halo". The Normal group was good too, with "Enlightenment through Halo's Possible Worlds" as my favorite there.

After those two excellent groups, the Heroic group was a bit of a letdown. "Apocalyptic Halo" explored religious themes in Halo. It wasn't too bad, but I thought some of the comparisons and metaphors were a bit forced. The second essay in the group, "The Plasma Grenade is the New Razor Blade", explored psychology, particularly self-injuring behavior. I thought it was pointless, and not really very relevant to Halo. The third essay in the group, "Playing with the Spartan (Sub)Conscious" also had psychological themes, and seemed to display a lot of muddled thinking about the pyschology of videogames. By far the most thought-provoking essay in that group was "What's Wrong with Camping?", which uses the commonly derided camping strategy as an entry point into some aspects of ethics.

The Legendary group had some better essays, but also had one that was sub-par. "Sandbox Confrontations" explored the idea of Total War, and did it well. "Would Cortana Pass the Turing Test?" was quite good.
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By Andres Vazquez on September 7, 2012
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I really enjoy the philosophy and pop culture series. The books provide a lot of insight into the subject matter, as well as show how philosophy interacts with it.
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First and foremost, if you're looking at this and thinking its a part of the fiction, it is not.

It is, however, a fascinating philosophical look at Halo's story, characters, ethics, and much more. I just started reading the sample and couldn't put it down. In this short time, it has hooked me on certain questions, such as 'Who is Master Chief?' and 'Does Halo's music match the experience of the gamer?'

I am very excited to continue to read this book and share thoughts with fellow gamers and fans.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 31, 2012
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I am very sorry, but I thought this book was uninteresting. I am a huge Halo fan and have read every Halo book in print. This is the only one that I did not enjoy. It is about six times longer than it needs to be. Each topic was sliced and diced, again and again. Dont worry about saving your money, just save your time.
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