Philosophical Themes in Mass Effect


In this paper we will analyze some decisions a player has to make as Shepard, the main character from the popular video game Mass Effect. We will view those decisions through the lenses of two philosophical positions, utilitarianism and Nietzsche’s “will to power”, and connect those and other dilemmas to our own world today. We will also discuss ways how Mass Effect could be integrated into and be a useful aid for an introductory philosophy class.

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Aristidou, M. and Basallo, B. (2014) Philosophical Themes in Mass Effect. Open Journal of Philosophy, 4, 174-181. doi: 10.4236/ojpp.2014.42025.

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