Empathy is a Dish Best Served Digital

Chef Antoine from Dead Rising menaces with a meat cleaver

Wizards need food badly – and so do a lot of video game characters these days. Survival games like Don’t Starve and Rust make hunger a core gameplay mechanic, elevating food from a simple side dish to the main course. This can produce some fascinating conundrums: what if you’re a vegetarian but a game only serves meat? As a vegetarian myself, I find that the function of food in such games overshadows its form; I treat it as I would a health potion or a medkit. It’s a necessary concession if I want to play games like Rogue Legacy and Final Fight. Continue Reading