GiN Writes: "In the week that saw the death of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, celebrated Russian author, I can't help wondering what legacy videogames will leave. Solzhenitsyn's One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich offers an insight into 24 hours in the life of a prisoner in a Soviet labour camp. It shook the Soviet Union to the core, exposing the brutality of communist Russia, as well as throwing cold water in the face of the West's complacency. We all like to think that games are art, but without anything truly great to say, I somehow doubt that they are.
The death of Solzhenitsyn marks the passing of a great mind who touched many people with the power of his words and even rocked governments. Okay, so your average bit of literature, even the good stuff, doesn't regularly shake the world, but it still leaves videogames a bit lacking. Is there even one game that we can hold up as an example of great thinking, social insight or a leap in philosophical debate?"