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Halo and Philosophy: Intellect Evolved (Popular Culture and Philosophy #59)

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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. Althoug ...more
ebook, 241 pages
Published May 14th 2014 by Not Avail (first published January 1st 2011)
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Matthew Ciarvella
Jan 16, 2016 Matthew Ciarvella rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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While I knew this one was going to be a pop approach to philosophy, being about an FPS video game franchise like Halo, I was hoping that its discussions would be more focused on the lore behind Halo itself. We are, after all, talking about a franchise that was first introduced in a mysterious email chain that quoted T. S. Eliot. The Halo universe can be pretty mythic and deep when it wants to be.

Although a few of the essays do approach Halo from a lore perspective, the majority are more concerne
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Emily Torres
Released: Publisher: June 7, 2011 Open Court

As with a lot of these essay type of books, they always seem to be a mix of good and off the wall reading. This book is no different, but the few good reads should cause everyone to ponder about our military and our citizens.

One of the essays that I thought was worthy of attention is called: Halo’s Roots in Science Fiction Literature. Here's a quote; see if you agree or disagree with the last part:

"There’s a sort of synthesis here between literature a
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Claire
Dec 17, 2012 Claire rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I suspect I might have gotten more out of this book if I had been an avid Halo player instead of the mother of one. I was, however, able to navigate this book pretty well, and it asked some interesting questions, especially about the nature of identity and of reality itself. I'm glad I read it, and I will give it to my son to read too.
Carlo
Jan 03, 2015 Carlo rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A pretty good book, some articles were not so great, others were quite well written. Good discussion of philosophy, lots of research. Favourite article was the one on camping. Will teach you basic and a little bit more in depth philosophy.
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