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please don’t buy the game Papers Please
there is a really gross, transphobic gameplay mechanic in which you xray someone and determine their “real” gender
The thing is, I think that’s the point.
Without going into much detail or wanting to step on too many toes here, Papers, Please is a game where you are essentially a customs agent on a Pseudo-Soviet Country in the mid-1980s. For those of you who don’t know about it, or haven’t played it, you have to look at a person’s passports, papers, and other peices of paraphanalia, and you have to decide whether or not to let them in. If you make the “wrong” decision (wrong according to the government of Arstotzka), you will be penalized; Make too many mistakes, and you are executed. It’s simplistic, but you really get into it whenever your son gets sick, or your wife goes hungry, or when a girl wants to evade someone who wants to kill her, or whenever the EZIC resistance group messages you. It builds up in complexity.
Now, on the topic of the body scanning, and your comment on the game being transphobic and the like: consider the setting. This is a Communist, Cold-War Era country that treats its citizens like complete shit. You didn’t even want to be a customs agent, you were just assigned it one day in the job lotto. I think what Lucas Pope (the dude who made the game) was getting at was, much like Russia in the real world, Arstotzka is a country where you will get ostracized and ridiculed or even killed of you so much as -think- about questioning authority, or diverge from what is considered the norm. It puts you in a place where you either have to deny someone entrance based on Arstotzka’s backwards notions of gender or let your family freeze, or starve, or suffer a fatal illness.
And I think a game as thought-provoking as that is a game that deserves to be played to it’s fullest.
Thank you for your time, and Glory to Arstotzka.
What if John is interested in ghosts because once he saw an arm coming out of the wall
and Jade is a furry because she saw her God Tier self while dreaming on Prospit
and Rose is fascinated by the Gods of the Furthest Ring because she heard the horrorterrors whispering in her sleep
and Dave likes music because it’s cool I guess
dave probably likes music because it drowns out cal’s whispers