Fic­tion: The Game of Life

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Max Brooks’s fan­tasy novel Minecraft: The Is­land (Del Rey, 2017), about a main char­ac­ter who must learn to sur­vive on an is­land, is de­signed to re­flect the ex­pe­ri­ence of play­ing the Minecraft video game; in fact the nar­ra­tive can be re-cre­ated in the ac­tual video game. Write a short story that in­cor­po­rates a video game, real or imag­ined, per­haps tak­ing in­spi­ra­tion from other game-re­lated nov­els such as Den­nis Cooper’s God Jr. (Black Cat, 2005), in which a fa­ther is pre­oc­cu­pied with a scene in his de­ceased son’s fa­vorite game; Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One (Crown, 2011), in which the teenage pro­tag­o­nist seeks to dis­cover the se­cret hid­den in­side a game by its cre­ator; or Nathan Hill’s The Nix (Knopf, 2016), in which the main char­ac­ter is ad­dicted to video games. Can you draw any par­al­lels be­tween the jour­ney of be­ing a player in a game and the char­ac­ter arc that de­vel­ops over the course of your story?

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