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The Unbearable Lightness of Dying

“You died, Daddy! You died!” Video game night with my boys brings out their best and their worst, as they bounce around the room, shrieking with excitement. They are so excited to see the shapes move upon the screen, to have the images be acted on by human force, even if it’s just their parents sitting on the couch. They can call out commands and instructions, “Jump over there! Watch out for the floating mask!” And the figures on the screen will respond and sometimes even succeed.

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