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Posts tagged “Matt finds an excuse to write about philosophy”

Feature: Existence precedes disco

How Disco Elysium’s opening sets the stage for existential revolt

Existentialism. A word with baggage, and about it. Philosophers have deployed it to cover many different things, but they're all concerned with the baggage of being alive. The urgent dilemma of existence, as beings without apparent purpose. The concept fascinates me. It's what I get up for in the morning. Based on the opening minutes of detective RPG Disco Elysium, so does ZA/UM. It's clear…

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Feature: Wilmot and Wittgenstein, sitting in a tree

‘Wilmot’s Warehouse is a language game’, please discuss

I don't think we ever see the extent of Wilmot's horror. He's a square in charge of a warehouse, single-handedly responsible for storing and serving up hundreds of amorphous objects. We, the player, only see those objects from the top-down, a step removed from the abject terror of categorising off-colour melon slices that simultaneously resemble 50% of an egg. Maybe reality is less blurry from…

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Feature: Category fun

Mae be a cat, Mae be she isn’t

I was going to write today’s supporter post about how I'm finding No Man’s Sky and Yakuza 0 structurally tedious for different reasons while enjoying them both, but something more important has come up. Is Mae, the cat from Night In The Woods, a cat? I hope you kids have brushed up on your essential and accidental properties.

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