Salman Rushdie Killed Time With Computer Games

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After novelist Sir Salman Rushdie published The Satanic Verses, many deemed the book blasphemous. The Ayatollah of Iran issued a decade long fatwa, calling for Rushdie's death. How did he spend that time?

"Like everybody else I played a computer game or two," Rushdie tells The Times. (Well, like everyone else who has to go in hiding or be murdered...)

Does that mean the author is a game? As game site GameCulture points out, Rushdie didn't exactly seem impressed with video games in a 2008 interview he gave: "I think video games, YouTube, you know, these are the things that will change the world. Because when people see what garbage everybody else is consuming, they want it too." Oh, burn, take that video games!

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Saturday interview: Salman Rushdie [The Times via GameCulture via GamePolitics]

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What was so bad about his book that not only was it considered blasphemous, but apparently people also wanted his head on a silver platter?