You Can Find Neil Gaiman's Work In SimCity 2000 And On Chipotle Cups (If You Look Hard Enough)
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Even though he hasn't really written anything that can be referenced among non-geeks, Neil Gaiman is probably one of the most versatile authors of our generation. So far, he's written comics, movies, short stories, television shows, songs, picture books, video games, and essays in video games. Yes, there's a difference between the last two. For example, this is writing in a video game:
Where's the damned "Accept" button?!
That is a short essay written by Neil Gaiman that appears in SimCity 2000, a video game that allows you to design and build your own city before ultimately destroying it with the Incredibles robot. However, if you built a library in the game, clicked on it, and then selected "RUMINATE" you'd be taken out of your apocalypse fantasies and into Gaiman's mind where you'd learn about how cities are sort of alive and will totally eat your face. "Don't ever take a city for granted. After all, it is bigger than you are; it is older; and it has learned how to wait ..."
... Something players would also have to later learn.
It's not exactly a new novel, but it is original Neil Gaiman writing that virtually no one saw. And that, oddly enough, brings us to Chipotle.
You all know it as the chain of restaurants for people craving faux-Mexican but with too much self-esteem to set foot in Taco Bell. For the past year or so, they've been running their Cultivating Thought initiative where they print inspirational, original prose on their cups and bags for customers to read. Or rather, to completely ignore, since their best chance to see the text is while it's partially obscured by their own greasy thumb. If you did happen to look through the guacamole stains you'd see that Neil Gaiman wrote for one of their cups, and it was even more haunting than his Cthulhu-esque musings on cities.
We'd make a diarrhea joke about that title if Chipotle wasn't so goddamn good.