Another ancient article recovered from the corpse of Edge Online. It would have been sad for the Khazars to disappear again… There’s a scene in Groundhog Day where Phil Connors endlessly attempts to save the life of a homeless old duffer. In my games of Crusader Kings II, Isaac of the Khazars has a similarly deterministic […]

Another ancient article recovered from the permafrost atop the flame-raddled corpse of Edge Online. It’s 2002. The Thing, the game of one of my favourite films, is about to come out and I’ve just started working on a games magazine. I get the game code, load it and enter the world. It’s great! I’m in […]

…and I’m still working on the feature at 4am. I miss the dawn I’m writing so hard, lightening paragraphs with sips of akavit. I roll into bed at 6.30am, next to a sleeptalking V, and doze off…

…”MARGARET” comes the cry, jolting us both awake.

As this week’s “Unthinkable” guest, Griliopoulos – the appointed “death” specialist of the duo – explains just why video games should be taken seriously. “Despite their problems, games are also educative,” he argues. “They can show us how to grieve, what the value of life is, how to prepare for our death and that of our friends, and when killing is a mercy.”