Papers, Please

Lucas Pope turned down Uncharted 3. He found a seat at Naughty Dog during the development of the first Uncharted and stuck around for Uncharted 2, but when Drake's third outing rocked up, he left the studio because he wanted to experiment with smaller, weirder games. Those experiments would eventually lead to Papers, Please, one of the finest games of 2013 and, to most people, Pope's first name. His last name is guy.

Today, the Papers, Please guy is hard at work on another experiment: Return of the Obra Dinn. Pitched as a death-fuelled mystery adventure set aboard an abandoned trade ship, Obra Dinn first surfaced in 2014, just as Pope was polishing off the bulk of Papers, Please. It's still not out. It might not be out this year. To understand why, you have to back much further than 2014, all the way back to the '90s, to a small town in Virginia where a young Pope finds himself enamoured with a Macintosh and Quake mods.

"I started out doing skins mostly, because that was easy," Pope tells me over Skype from his home in Tokyo, Japan. "You could just open up a 2D file and draw one and then you could see it in 3D. It was fucking amazing. Then I got involved with a couple guys on the internet who were making small commercial mods. Sony had the idea to make a Quake mod to promote [the film Anaconda]. I hooked up with the guy who was doing that and did a couple of skins for him."

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Papers Please film

Glory to Arstotzka! A fan-made Papers, Please short film is in the works and, judging by the early videos and stills, has nailed the oppressive atmosphere of the border sim game. The trailer doesn’t give much away but still has me hooked, and I love seeing the game’s pixel art objects come to life.

The folks behind it are Nikita and Liliya Ordynskiy, graduates of the Moscow Institute of Television and Radio Broadcasting.

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From South Korea – that nearest of neighbours to the world’s most notoriously oppressive regime – comes Replica [official site], a short game about paranoia, censorship, cruelty and the smartphone generation. It would not be inaccurately described as a riff on Papers, Please based around modern technology, given that it concerns labelling someone a traitor to the state by uncovering ‘evidence’ from their smartphone.

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Papers, Please - Gamers Edition


Welcome to your new position at Grestin Border Checkpoint. This is your inspector's kit. Study the rulebook, inspect the sample documents and use the stamps liberally. Wear the pin to signify your new status and hang the poster proudly.

In the box:
  • Papers, Please Steam key
  • Labor Lottery keyring
  • Arstotzkan passport & paperwork set
  • Set of Arstotzkan stamps
  • Glory to Arstotzka poster
  • Department of Labor suitcase
  • Approved stamp, Denied stamp & Ink pad
  • Inspector’s pin badge
  • Arstotzkan Immigration Rule Book

This is a one-off compilation that will never be offered again, so grab one while you can.

Only fabbed if funded! Please take a look and spread the word. Thank you!
Shacknews - Steve Watts
The 2014 Games for Change ceremony took place last night as part of the Tribeca Film Festival. The two big winners were The Fullbright Company's Gone Home and Lucas Pope's Papers, Please. Gone Home took the "Game of the Year" award while Papers, Please earned both "Most Innovative" and "Best Gameplay."
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Recent winner of three IGF 2014 Awards: Excellence in Design, Excellence in Narrative, and the Seumas McNally Grand Prize.

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Shacknews - Steve Watts
The indie game Papers, Please may come to Vita. Creator Lucas Pope says he'd like to put the game on Sony's handheld, but isn't sure whether he should field it directly or pass it off to someone else to port.
Shacknews - Ozzie Mejia
The Independent Games Festival has revealed the finalists for this year's awards, to be recognized during March's Game Developers Conference. The six games up for the Seumas McNally Grand Prize include a number of indie titles that have been mentioned in Game of the Year conversations, including Galactic Cafe's The Stanley Parable, Klei's Don't Starve, and Lucas Pope's Papers, Please.
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