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Papers, Please: Boring Paperwork Simulator Game About Border Inspector Becomes A Hit; Gets BAFTA Nomination for Best Video Game

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Papers, Please: Boring Paperwork Simulator Game About Border Inspector Becomes A Hit; Gets BAFTA Nomination for Best Video Game


Many conservative adults have criticized video games as a form of ?escaping? from life’s realities. Indeed, many have sought to be transformed to another world by entering the world of a video game (I think it needs to be mentioned that it is not much different from watching a movie).

Which is why it was such a conundrum for some to accept, that a game, such as ?Papers, Please? would find itself a hit among gamers and even bagging a nomination from BAFTA (British Academy of Film And Television Arts). BAFTA not only recognizes movies and TV shows, but also gives out awards to internet and multimedia technologies.

And why is it such a puzzle in the case of Papers, Please?

Papers, Please is a game where, as described by the creator, Mr. Lucas Pope ?You play a border inspector at a contentious checkpoint?.. People are coming into your booth, and they want to get from one side to the other. You’ve got to check their documents and make sure everything’s in order before you let them through….It’s hard to describe the game and make it sound fun.?


As Pope himself admits, the video game about a sucking job is hardly what one wants to escape to.

However, the game has attracted a large number of followers and has made money for the 36 year old American game developer who created Papers, Please, from his home office in Japan.

Papers, Please, is not just a hit game, but it can also claim to be the first ever ?paperwork simulator? game as described by game reviewers. They say that Mr. Pope has managed to come up with a gripping, tense and claustrophobic thrill of a game that rightfully deserves the praise it has been getting from video game critics.

Nicholas Lovell of explains that ? Papers, Please is self-evidently designed to make you think, it’s not entirely meant to be funIt’s hard work.?

Lovell adds that perhaps the attraction to Papers, Please is that it is the antithesis of the ?all-blasting, all-killing romps? that are so evident in today’s crop of video games. He concludes his review by saying ?It’s really insane.?


Papers, Please, considered an ?indie game? was nominated for the BAFTA ?best game? award and joined a list of popular big names in the industry. Also nominated for the BAFTA ?best game? were:


  • Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag (Ubisoft)
  • Grand Theft Auto 5 (Rockstar)
  • The Last of Us (Naughty Dog)
  • Super Mario 3D World (Nintendo)
  • Tearaway (Sony)

The Best Game award at the recently concluded BAFTA eventually went to The Last of Us (Naughty Dog).

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