Category: Video Games

Pokemon Go, Augmented Reality and the Future of Technology

In 1974, the philosopher Robert Nozick came up with the idea of an ‘experience machine’, a thought experiment which involved the following situation: Suppose there was an experience machine that would give you any experience you desired. Super-duper neuropsychologists could stimulate your brain so that you would think and feel like you were writing a ...

Candy Crush: A Whale of a Time

My first game of Candy Crush reminded me of my first experience with a slot machine. Both offered the same enticements: escapism, a bit of fun, and crudely simple gameplay. Candy Crush is a puzzle-based game that requires players to align candies, three-in-a-row. But behind the veneer of charm and juvenile ‘fun’, Candy Crush, like ...

The Architecture of Suffering

My newest prisoner, “Robinson”, is currently in solitary confinement after stabbing a guard with a plastic fork. His cell is just about as large as he is, and he’ll be there for a couple hours until he cools down. I basically lock him up, bash him up and then deprive him of food. Welcome to ...