I Wrote About Ultima V at Kotaku and Elon Musk Tweeted About It! =)


I love the Ultima series and a few months back, when I was guest editing for Kotaku, I wrote about part V as a follow up to my retrospective on part IV.  It was one of the most fascinating games I’ve ever played and it was so fascinating playing it.

Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar was a revolutionary game because there wasn’t a traditional villain to fight against. Instead, the focus was on becoming the Avatar, chasing after honor, sacrifice, humility, and spirituality. In Ultima V: Warriors of Destiny, the teachings you’ve embodied have become totally corrupted…

…Throughout the years, I’ve met people who’ve condemned my appreciation for games and books because they considered them “secular” or “worldly.” The feeling of being judged always stings. Ultima V really struck a chord with its warnings against moral absolutism and how evil often is just good pushed to an extreme. It sucks to be considered a “bad person” just because you like games. What’s scary is that there are no Shadowlords pulling the strings in reality. You can’t go on a quest, find the original shards from Mondain’s Gem of Immortality, and vanquish the Shadowlords in the flames of love, truth, and courage. Fundamentalism in pixelated form is terrifying, but ultimately defeatable. In real life, it’s far more insidious.

What was even more awesome was shortly after posting, Elon Musk tweeted about it which was super cool! At least for a few minutes, Elon Musk read something by me! =p



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