Papers, Please

Papers, Please


You have been selected to work as an immigration officer for a fictional dystopian country. As arrivals come to your booth, inspect their documents and look for discrepancies. You wouldn’t want to let in a criminal or terrorist, would you? You can also request for more information, like fingerprints or a full body scan. Sometimes, they will even bribe you or ask you to pass documents to other people.

At the end of each day, you receive your pay (less any deductions from mistakes you made). Hopefully, you made enough to pay for your family’s rent, food, heating, and medicine.

Papers, Please


My family was grateful that I got a job with the government. I worked hard, but I was slow and I made some mistakes. After my second day on the job, we had to go without food. On the next day, we were all hungry, but I only had enough money after paying rent to afford medicine for my sick son. By the end of day 7, we were all cold, sick, and hungry and I couldn’t even afford rent. My family was sent back to their village and I was thrown in jail. I let down myself, my family, and my country. I am sorry. 🙁

Papers, Please is a surprisingly good game. Sure, it is a paperwork simulator and the graphics are terrible, but it’s thought-provoking, engrossing, and unlike any other game I’ve played. There are also 20 different endings depending on the choices you make while playing.

Glory to Arstotzka!

You might like this game if you like…

  • Pretending to be a toll officer
  • Bribes
  • Crushing the hopes and dreams of pixelated people
  • Looking at documents
  • Tearing apart families
  • Nerve-wracking desk jobs
  • Turning people away from your beloved mother country

Want to play?

$2.49 on Steam (75% off) | $7.99 on iOS

Mandatory ISP Data Retention Bill

I just read an article about a bill that has just been approved by a committee in the House of Representatives. If the bill passes, it would mandate that Internet service providers (ISPs) store detailed Internet history (including personal and financial information) of all users for a year. In theory, I think I would actually be ok with Internet history being stored, because I can see how that kind of information would be extremely helpful in preventing and prosecuting crime. However, it’s not a perfect world and I have a few concerns about this bill:

  1. The ISPs may use this data improperly.
  2. The ISPs may not keep this data secure. The wealth of data the ISPs would store would make it a prime target for identity thieves and other mischievous hackers (LulzSec, anyone?).
  3. As was mentioned in the article, criminals could just go to public or commercial venues and use the Internet anonymously there.
  4. The name of the bill. Quote from the article: “To make it politically difficult to oppose, proponents of the data retention requirements dubbed the bill the Protecting Children From Internet Pornographers Act of 2011.” /facepalm
Anyway, it seems unlikely that this bill will pass because people are already raising hell about it. 😛