Strange undertaking: the birth of gaming's first graveyard simulator

When Matthew Ritter found himself wandering through a cemetery a few years back, he discovered a grave that had his name on it. "The death date was very close to my birth date," he tells me. "That was odd."

Shortly after this brief communion with mortality, Ritter read the Spoon River Anthology by Edgar Lee Masters, a book of poetry that takes the form of a series of epitaphs. "He mostly writes them kind of like a poem written from the perspective of a dead person," Ritter explains. "You...

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