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- Publication Date: February 23, 2015
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How You Play the Game: A Philosopher Plays Minecraft (Kindle Single) Kindle Edition
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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.
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.
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