On empathy, games and evolution – Star Wars (KOTOR)

On empathy, games and evolution – Star Wars (KOTOR)

This post is not going to be exclusively about Star Wars KOTOR, but it is linked to my previous post on the game and my experience with the game. In that previous post I talked about how I felt bad playing it because I made choices that hurt others, in quite an evident way. In other words, the game invoked empathy for some of the other characters. At the same time I was the cause of these characters pain (which was what caused my empathy), so imagine the emotional toil of going through that! Good thing it was only a game.

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Why biology matters

Why biology matters

As the title indicates this post is dedicated to one particular cause, and that is to elucidate the fact that biology matters. It is relevant to remember, in more situations than we imagine, that we are biological beings and that science can therefore often tell us fascinating stuff about the ways in which we live our lives.

Let me give you a brief example on how biology is a factor when we play video games. In games there are goals, and you are given feedback when you do well, so when you are given this feedback and/or complete a level or a goal, you feel good, right?

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