Revisit: I’ve always felt like I didn’t quite get the original post on
this topic quite right. So I’m revisiting!
Spoiler Warning: Light spoilers in the introduction. Full spoilers past the
For Valentine’s day 2017, Lauren bought me a PlayStation 4 and “Dark Souls 3,”
From Software’s final offering in the “Souls” universe and, at the
time, the game to get for the platform. It follows the standard design of
taking the D&D that I used to use polyhedral dice for, wraps it in amazing
graphics, and sets it in an expansive, fantastical, and labyrinthine world.
As I played (and re-played) the game, I saw many elements of Nietzschean
philosophy surface that I kept mulling even after I’d finished. Months later, I
contend that “Dark Souls” is a narrative exploration of Nietzsche’s “Last Man”
thought experiment.* I’d like to record how and
For more about Nietzsche’s presence in “Dark Souls” read on…