This Month On Edge

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The things that caught our eye dur­ing the pro­duc­tion of E298

When we weren’t do­ing every­thing else, we were think­ing about stuff like this

BOOK A Boy Made Of Blocks bit.ly/boy­blocks

Guardian games editor – and, back in the dis­tant mists of time, Edge staffer – Keith Stu­art’s de­but novel tells the tale of a man strug­gling to de­velop a re­la­tion­ship with his autis­tic son. Pro­tag­o­nist Alex is kicked out of the mar­i­tal home as a re­sult, but fi­nally finds a way to bond with his off­spring: shared ses­sions of Minecraft over Xbox Live. It’s a vaguely au­to­bi­o­graph­i­cal work – Stu­art has spo­ken and writ­ten at length on the ef­fect Mo­jang’s sprawl­ing sand­box has had on his own autis­tic son, Zac – but, ul­ti­mately a tale of a man strug­gling to grow up while also re­dis­cov­er­ing the joys of play, it’s a touch­ing story that is ca­pa­ble of res­onat­ing far be­yond its seem­ingly nar­row tar­get mar­ket.

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