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I will say that I have a bias against what is usually described as "philosophy" in academia, and I make no apologizes for it because it is a bias developed after a fair amount of exposure to the subject. Philosophy in the modern age is akin to analyzing the soil at the foot of a mountain and declaring that you know the mountain better than the hikers returning the summit. In a sense it's true, but not in a way that most people would find to be of much use.
My bias exposed and metaphorically described, I'm pleased to report that this essay doesn't do...that, for lack a better way to say it. It gets a bit dense at times, as such subjects are bound to do, but its arguments and related supports are always perfectly clear. In my view, that's high praise for a philosophy essay and that's what makes it worth a half hour of your time. The Minecraft angle is fun too.
games. One of the many gold nuggets of his work is the idea that philosophy is fundamentally born and reborn from a lack of confidence. A lack of confidence in the mundane, reality, theology and ontology. However, I would like to point out a flaw. Huenemann states that our world is mind-bogglingly complex, but doesn't not equate this complexity to our lack of knowledge. Such as Steven believing his world to be complex, but not knowing about the "seed", a simple mathematical formula that governs his world. I would have liked this comparison to be drawn explicitly. Furthermore, video games are fundamentally an exercise in our morality, because we "import our morals into video games", an argument which I found fascinating. Overall I would recommend this essay to anyone interested in video games, philosophy, or both. I hope to read more from Professor Huenemann.
P.S. You should play The Stanley Parable, if you haven't already on Steam.