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This is Not a Game by Walter Jon Williams
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Apr 18, 2009

really liked it
Read in March, 2009

Great new story from Walter Jon Williams involving four role-playing game players who meet in college. One goes on to be a successful entrepreneur, one becomes a venture capitalist, one a game designer, and one a bitter burnout. The story revolves around the games they create for a living and what happens when one of them is unexpectedly murdered.

The thing I liked about this story most is that it blurred the lines between fantasy and reality. The games produced in this book involve real-world activities and are produced on a global scale. When one of the characters is murdered, the players of the game are not sure a) whether he's really dead or not and b) whether it's part of the game or not. And, in the end, the distinction between the game and reality ultimately ends up not mattering.

Plus, it's a really good read. I finished way faster than I planned to.
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