Have trouble understanding the philosophical notions proposed by Plato, Friedrich Nietzsche, and Immanuel Kant? 8-Bit Philosophy illustrates big ideas about the nature of reality and free will using classic video games.

In the first episode, the original Legend of Zelda sprites enact Plato's Allegory of the Cave, while in the second episode, Mega Man lays out Nietzsche's thoughts on science and the nature of truth:

And Contra leads us through Kant's exploration of free will and determinism:

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