Author Salman Rushdie used video games as escapism while hiding from the Iranian government

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Noted author Salman Rushdie had to spend much of the 1990s in hiding after the spiritual leader of Iran issued a fatwā calling for his death due to perceived blasphemies against Islam in his novel The Satanic Verses. Through Rushdie has since returned to living a relatively normal life, he has just released a memoir entitled Joseph Anton detailing his time in hiding which mentions the fact that he turned to video games to escape the brutal reality of his condition. As detailed by The Millions, Rushdie found delight in playing Super Mario World, writing (in the third person) that he “had grown fond of Mario the plumber and his brother Luigi and sometimes Super Mario World felt like a happy alternative to the one he lived in the rest of…

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