“Why do people play video games?” The question seems easy to answer, but will that answer tell us much? In this essay I dig a bit more into the question of why people play video games to provide some ideas for how we might better talk about video games with other people.
When we talk about morality in art, we often want to teach lessons to the person viewing that art. Video games are no different in trying to teach lessons. But how we teach lessons – especially moral lessons – is important, and much tougher than we may think.
Storytelling is a core part of creating games, but as we try to make more and more complex stories, what should we be aiming for? In this essay I explore the idea of how to incorporate philosophical questions into the storytelling process.