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Character Development and Storytelling for Games, Second Edition by Lee Sheldon

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Aristotle

Aristotle (384–322 BCE) was a philosopher, writer, and teacher; student of Plato; and possibly a tutor to Alexander the Great (see Figure 2.3). Although there is some question about whether this popular belief is actually true or not, it makes for a great story. His treatises, covering a variety of scientific and philosophical matters, from physics and natural history to politics, logic, ethics, and even dreams, are still published today. In fact, Aristotelian thought shaped Western culture for centuries, and it remains one of the pillars of our intellectual history.

It is through Aristotle that we are introduced to the deus ex machina concept (“God machine), which is frequently trotted out to describe a fortuitous plot twist (at least ...

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