Games as Essays

There’s a literary genre that I often enjoy reading: Essays. Usually for philosophical purposes or simply to express a personal view of life and the world, this genre has a very open structure and a wide range of topics that can treat. And today, there’s no other form of expression that can do this so well besides Literature.

Do games have the potential of becoming Essay tools in the future? The ability of computers to simulate worlds and intelligence -to a certain level today- through the use of pure logic, make me believe that philosophical gaming could be a very interesting approach to our medium. We could express through a game our own analysis of the world and prove them with proper game rules.

Even more, as artists and thinkers, we can create games that just let the player define his views on the world and see those expressed on a virtual arena, giving power to the people to think.


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