Could someone please kill my friend?

Well, not literally kill him. But my friend Jonathan Hayes does indeed need some help. He’s been playing a new video game, and recently wrote this intriguing post about it, on the Echo BBS:

A kind of unsettling experience just now playing SPLINTER CELL with my non-stealth approach to the game, I wasted all of the enemies in a current level, at the same time expending all of my ammunition. Now I wander the level alone, looking for someone to kill me so that I can go back and do it right. And yet: the streets are empty, there’s no movement save the occasional flap of flags, no sound except for the crackle of the radios of the men I killed. I cannot kill myself, for there’s nothing high enough to jump off. It’s really filling me with dread.

You know, you gotta hand it to today’s video games: They hand us some of the weirdest existential experiences imaginable.

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I'm Clive Thompson, the author of Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better (Penguin Press). You can order the book now at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Powells, Indiebound, or through your local bookstore! I'm also a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and a columnist for Wired magazine. Email is here or ping me via the antiquated form of AOL IM (pomeranian99).

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