The Metaphysics of Morrowind

Kate (of the excellent but infrequently updated gaming blog Falling Awkwardly) examines the metaphysics of The Elder Scrolls 3: Morrowind as revealed in the copious in-game literature scattered throughout the land of Vvardenfell, and finds parallels between the game's denizens and the game's players: "Breaking the rules is just another way of playing the game. Sometimes the best way. Just ask Vivec, the Thief of The World, the ultimate cheat."

“Metaphysics are an age-old human concern, to poke and prod at them is in our nature. The Elder Scrolls creates characters who are pushing the limits of their fictional world and struggling to come to terms with its rules, with varying degrees of success. In The Elder Scrolls, true agency is not something afforded to just anyone. It must be sought after, fought for, stolen. Whatever it takes.”

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  1. This is some of the most insightful critical writing on video games I’ve seen. Thanks for posting it!

  2. Okay that business with the Dragon Break is too clever by half. Love it – seconding thanks for posting.

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