Think:games blog #1: The Turing Test, Deus Ex, Paradox Interactive

Hi everyone, with this post I’m kicking off the blog series. In short, I’ll be going over recent developments in gaming and education, new games that I see educational potential in and other relevant actualities.

TheTuringTestThe Turing Test
Let’s start off then with a brand new release. The Turing Test is a puzzle game that revolves around the differences between machines and humans, and brings up many questions about personal identity, consciousness, ethics and since it’s a puzzle game, it involves plenty of logical and analytical thinking. This is of course philosophy from start to finish, and promises to be not just a thorough thought excercise, but a good starting point for philosophical discussion as well.

You might not, and I know I do not have the budget to buy every game that looks interesting. But at 19,99 euros/dollars, this one is among the less expensive new games. And for those who care less about gameplay and more about a story, of most games a playthrough can be found on YouTube. For The Turing Test, there are already several to be found.

 

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
MankindDividedYou might have seen an advertisement or two (or many more, depending on which channels you watch) about the new game in the Deus Ex series. A while ago, I discussed Deus Ex: Human Revolution in some depth. This game presses many of the issues that were featured in the previous installment even further, with trailers showing the social consequences of augmentations and the industry around them. In other words: some good discussion points for philosophy, social classes (maatschappijleer in The Netherlands) and possibly even biology: how would these augmentations and their real world versions work and how are they made?

Price is an issue again though, since around 40 euros/dollars is the cheapest you’ll find it, and buying it will for many people mean skipping another game (in terms of available time as well). Hopefully, I will be able to play it in the near future and get to discussing it at length.

 

Paradox Interactive
This weekend, Steam put developer Paradox Interactive’s entire catalog up on sale. This includes many so called grand strategy games, many of which I have an article planned for on Reading the Game: citybuilder Cities: Skylines, medieval plotting game Crusader Kings II, World War II strategy game Hearts of Iron and many others. In general, Paradox Interactive is a great developer to keep an eye on, since practically every game they release has some educational potential. Most are incredibly historically accurate, and involve a high level of detail. They require you to plan ahead and teach you that every action has consequences. I would recommend lots of their games even to those wanting to understand certain periods of history.

 

And I’ll have to end this blog post right here. Next one is coming up in about two weeks. Would you like to see me discuss specific games? Would you rather read or see me on another medium? What do you like and what do you not like about this blog? Please let me know in the comments!

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