Sorry, Leonardo DiCaprio: It’s Impossible to Beat ‘The Great Gatsby’ Video Game

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“Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that’s no matter—tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther… And then one fine morning — So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.”

This week, Baz Luhrmann reinvents F. Scott Fitzgerald’s iconic tome in a new film adaptation of  The Great Gatsby, transplanting the writer’s capture of the 1920s in a modern medium. But Luhrmann’s is not the only of this type of endeavor. Slate has created a Great Gatsby video game, a tribute to self-made millionaire James Gatz’s tireless journey to achieve the American dream.

Get a taste for the game below. Head to Slate for the full version.

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Staff editor Michael Arbeiter’s natural state of being can best be described as “mild panic attack.” His earliest memories of growing up in Queens, New York, involve nighttime conversations with a voice from his bedroom wall (the jury’s still out on what that was all about) and a love for classic television that spawned from the very first time he was allowed to watch “The Munsters.” Attending college at SUNY Binghamton, a 20-year-old Michael learned two things: that he could center his future on this love for TV and movies, and that dragons never actually existed — he was kind of late in the game on that one.