Brief Look at Existentialism and Interactivity in Nier: Automata

Few games this generation simultaneously take advantage of the interactive nature of the medium while using that strength to deliver potent messages in ways that could not be expressed to the same effect through other forms of entertainment. Existentialism is a philosophy whereby a human’s individuality is defined by his/her own free will through the pursuit of a larger goal. Life is given meaning through the pursuit of fulfilling this purpose as well as acting independently of any predetermined “fate”. How does this tie into Nier: Automata’s design?

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