8-Bit Existentialism

Andrew Sullivan —  Jan 11 2015 @ 10:02am

Colin Marshall recommends the series 8-Bit Philosophy, which combines deep thinking with the aesthetics of early Nintendo:

If you’ve put in the hours playing both eight-bit video games and reading the relevant philosophical texts, you’ll surely find these videos’ Nintendonian aesthetics as impeccable as their encapsulations of Kierkegarrd, Sartre, and Camus’ positions are concise. You can find more from 8-Bit Philosophy on Youtube, including their vintage gamer-friendly renditions of Friedrich Nietzsche on time as a flat circle and what science has to do with truth.  They cover other areas of philosophy, too, but something about old video games themselves — with their endless cycles of death, regeneration, and not inherently meaningful challenges — leads my mind straight into existentialism every time.