Lucas Pope is putting his dystopian border guard sim Papers, Please on sale and donating the proceeds of the sale to the American Civil Liberties Association, the American Refugee Council, and the National Immigration Law Center. The game is down to $2.99 USD on Steam and Humble Store. The sale will run until February 5th at 1PM EST and has already raised over $25,000 in just 12 hours.
— Lucas Pope (@dukope) February 4, 2017
Papers, Please seems to be increasing relevant due to the political climate in the United States, where President Trump signed an executive order blocking citizens of seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the United States. While the ban as been overturned by the US Federal Appeals Court, the topic has dominated the front pages of news organizations worldwide.
Of course, the news of Papers, Please’s discount and donation has been met with debate. Some have argued that video game developers have no business in politics, which is rather ironic given the topic of the game. In Papers, Please, the player takes on the role of an immigration border guard after the war between the fictional nations of Arstotzka and Kolechia end their six year war. The player must check the documents of incoming immigrants and visitors as the player is confronted with decisions that will explore the differences between ethics and law.