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Ayema FairleyGaming ConceptsDiane Bell1/16/18Born on the 21st of November, 1694, in Paris France, (Pomeau, 2017) Voltaire was first known as François Marie Arouet. Voltaire is his pen name (nom de plume). (Andrews, 2014) Voltaire was a historian, French writer, and a philosopher. Some of his famous works are the historical study of The Age of Louis XIV, his tragic play called Zaïre, as well as his well-known novel, Candide. (biography.com, 2017) In fact, Voltaire has even worked for the French government as a spy. Voltaire had made a deal to serve as a government informant, plotting to make his new position useful by repairing his reputation in the French court. He was writing letters to the French, giving them inside information on Frederick Douglas’s policy and finances; however, Voltaire was not a useful spy. His plan fell apart, being that Frederick Douglass grew suspicious of his motives. Anyhow, Voltaire has never had any children; however, he was with his mistress Émilie du Châtelet (for 16 years), but secretly in a relationship with his niece, Marie-Louise Mignot. He and Mignot adopted a child in 1760 while living as a married couple from the 1750’s, until his death. (Andrews, 2014) Voltaire grew up in Paris, France is the youngest of five children in a middle-class family. His father was François Arouet, a notary, and minor treasury official; his mother was Marie Marguerite d’Aumart, from a noble family of Poitou province. Voltaire went to the Collège Louis-le-Grand in Paris from 1704 to 1711, showing an early gift for languages, learning Latin and Greek as a child, then later becoming fluent in: Italian, Spanish, and English. When Voltaire left College, he made the decision to become a writer, however, his father wanted him to become a lawyer. Later on, his father found out that he wrote and sent Voltaire to study law in the provinces; Voltaire never stopped writing. (Mastin, 2008) After going to the Collège Louis-le-Grand in Paris, Voltaire began to write poetry, plays, and historical and philosophical works. Some of his most well-known poetry includes the Henriade (1723) and The Maid of Orleans, which was never fully finished. Among his well-known plays, there’s Oedipus, being performed in 1718, Mariamne (1742), and Zaïre (1732). Some of his famous historical works are The Age of Louis XIV (1751) and Essay on the Customs and the Spirit of the Nations (1756). (biography.com, 2017) In fact, Voltaire wrote a well-known book called Candide, Beginning in the German town of Westphalia, Candide is living in the castle of Baron of Thunder-ten-Tronckh. Doctor Pangloss, a noted philosopher, tutors the baron on philosophical optimism. Candide first accepts this philosophy, but as he experiences the horrors of war, poverty, the maliciousness of man, and the hypocrisy of the church, he begins to doubt the edacity of Pangloss’s theory. His optimistic belief that this world is “the best of all possible worlds” is the primary target of the novel’s ridicule. Thus, philosophical optimism is the focus of Voltaire’s satire; anti-war and anti-church refrains also run throughout the novel. (cliffnotes.com, 2016) When qualifying Voltaire, the game would be about Candide, Voltaire’s book. The scenery takes place in Paris, France, and the player will play as Voltaire. The players need to know Voltaire’s early living. The boy in the book, Candide that is, will be of assistance to Voltaire, so as Candide’s philosopher. Players will lose lives by entering an incorrect answer to a question. Also, players will accumulate items for Voltaire’s book, and assemble the letters that are concealed in the scenery, to gain points. Soon as the player finds Voltaire’s book and all of the unseen letters, the player will win the game. This game gives more information on Candide than Voltaire; however, this relates to Voltaire’s life because, in order to find the book in the game, the player needs to answer questions about Voltaire’s life; giving the players more information. Doing this gives players an opportunity to have fun and gain knowledge at the same time; in fact, players would be more receptive to information, rather than closed-minded about learning more.  My game concept should be made because this would give players the opportunity to learn more while having fun at the same time. Society nowadays is more into games and technology, rather than sitting down and taking time to read books or newspapers. Qualifying this game would be accommodation, being that the game would be played while players have fun and learn the way they function; developing the players thinking skills, and inputting more information in their brain.Bibliography:Andrews, E. (2014, November 21). 10 Things You Should Know About Voltaire. Retrieved from History Stories: http://www.history.com/news/10-things-you-should-know-about-voltairebiography.com. (2017, November 20). Biography. Retrieved from Voltaire Historian Writer Philosopher (1694-1778): https://www.biography.com/people/voltaire-9520178cliffsnotes.com. (2016). Cliffsnotes. Retrieved from cliffnotes.com: https://www.cliffsnotes.com/literature/c/candide/book-summaryMastin, L. (2008). The basics of philosophy. Retrieved from philosophybasics.com: http://www.philosophybasics.com/philosophers_voltaire.htmlPomeau, R. H. (2017, November 15). Voltaire French Philosopher and Author. 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