Halo and Philosophy: Intellect Evolved

Halo and Philosophy: Intellect Evolved

by Luke Cuddy
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Halo and Philosophy: Intellect Evolved by Luke Cuddy

Since the Doom series, First Person Shooter (FPS) videogames have ricocheted through the gaming community, often reaching outside that community to the wider public. While critics primarily lampoon FPSs for their aggressiveness and on-screen violence, gamers see something else. Halo is one of the greatest, most successful FPSs ever to grace the world of gaming. Although Halo is a FPS, it has a science-fiction storyline that draws from previous award-winning science fiction literature. It employs a game mechanic that limits the amount of weapons a player can carry to two, and a multiplayer element that has spawned websites like Red vs. Blue and games within the game created by players themselves.

Halo’s unique and extraordinary features raise serious questions. Are campers really doing anything wrong? Does Halo’s music match the experience of the gamer? Would Plato have used Halo to train citizens to live an ethical life? What sort of Artificial Intelligence exists in Halo and how is it used? Can the player’s experience of war tell us anything about actual war? Is there meaning to Master Chief’s rough existence? How does it affect the player’s ego if she identifies too strongly with an aggressive character like Master Chief? Is Halo really science fiction? Can Halo be used for enlightenment-oriented thinking in the Buddhist sense? Does Halo's weapon limitation actually contribute to the depth of the gameplay? When we willingly play Halo only to die again and again, are we engaging in some sort of self-injurious behavior? What is expansive gameplay and how can it be informed by the philosophy of Michel Foucault? In what way does Halo’s post-apocalyptic paradigm force gamers to see themselves as agents of divine deliverance? What can Red vs. Blue teach us about personal identity?

These questions are tackled by writers who are both Halo cognoscenti and active philosophers, with a foreword by renowned Halo fiction author Fred Van Lente and an afterword by leading games scholar and artist Roger Ngim.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780812697285
Publisher: Open Court Publishing Company
Publication date: 04/12/2011
Series: Popular Culture and Philosophy , #59
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
File size: 702 KB

About the Author

Luke Cuddy, a longtime gamer, teaches philosophy in Southern California. He is the editor of The Legend of Zelda and Philosophy and co-editor of World of Warcraft and Philosophy.

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Halo and Philosophy: Intellect Evolved 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Myounghee Han More than 1 year ago
Even though i am only 75% through this book, i feel very confidant in writing a positive review about it. The book itself is a very good read but it requires a basic understanding of the halo universe to appreciate it fully. I suggest that before buying you should watch rvb up till halfway through season eight and play through all the halos (including reach) without skipping the cutscenes (because many people do it) so you can understand the basic storyline. If you are feeling particularly scholarly, i also reccomend reading the fall of reach and first strike prior to readimg this.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Halo will not be forgotten. It will live on in the hearts of those who played the games, read the books, bought the merchandise, and watched the videos and movies. We do not need to make dozens of games to make that happen. Halo does not need to go the Zelda/Sonic/CoD route, where repeatedly declining games beg for more money in order to fuel the next piece of crap game. As to this book, I find it to be full of intelligently written short stories that add to the lore of Halo and help fill in some holes in the story, while creating none themselves. Overall, one of my favorite books, but I recommend Eric Nylund's Halo Trilogy if you want to do any serious reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im a huge fan of halo books but this... well this book is ok but i would like to read spmething more... interesting like "First strike" or something like that. This book is more... complex even thoguh its good i would like to read spmething more adventures. Good for inderstanding the halo world though.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
They make some good points in this book, many things in halo are in some way connected to religion and/or philosophy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Have no fear!Halo 5 is coming and there'll be a halo 6 for sure.
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it was Awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!999,999,999,999,999% AWESOME!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Becaus the books wiil be lost in time no more halo books,legos, toys,anything made of halo they are starting to make the last of them and then no more halo ever it will disipere from the nook over time they need master chief for 4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19,20 of video games because there is a 99,999999999999999999999999999999% chance halo will be forgotten by next month,week,mmaybe next year we mite not even know what halo is who agreas there neeeeeeeddddddsssss TO BE A HALO 4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19,20 more halo games lets saves halo if you agree with me with a couple angry mobs we will have a 99,99999% chance another halo game will come out?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thats crap. Halo isn't bad in any way. That "self injury" garbage ticks me off. HALO IS BOSS NOT BAD!!!!!!
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Shawn Anderson More than 1 year ago
OMG this is the most epic book in Halo history