History YMMV / PapersPlease

9th Mar '17 2:00:45 PM MissMokushiroku
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* HarsherInHindsight: A Syrian family was turned away due to President Trump's executive order to ban migrants from several Muslim majority nations[[note]]The irony is the family are Christian Syrians and their relatives living in the States supported Trump[[/note]]. Their visas were approved a month before Trump was sworn in, which made players notice how similar the Byzantine process is to the game.
9th Mar '17 2:08:00 AM ergeis
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* HarsherInHindsight: A Syrian family was turned away due to President Trump's executive order to ban migrants from several Muslim majority nations[[note]]The irony is the family are Christian Syrians and their relatives living in the States supported Trump[[/note]]. What makes it worse is that their visas were approved a month before Trump was sworn in.

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* HarsherInHindsight: A Syrian family was turned away due to President Trump's executive order to ban migrants from several Muslim majority nations[[note]]The irony is the family are Christian Syrians and their relatives living in the States supported Trump[[/note]]. What makes it worse is that their Their visas were approved a month before Trump was sworn in.in, which made players notice how similar the Byzantine process is to the game.
9th Mar '17 2:02:26 AM ergeis
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* HarsherInHindsight: A Syrian family was turned away due to President Trump's executive order to ban migrants from several Muslim majority nations[[note]]The irony is the family are Christian Syrians and their relatives living in the States supported Trump[[/note]]. What makes it worse is that their visas were approved a month before Trump was sworn in.
8th Mar '17 1:08:12 AM Anddrix
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* HellIsThatNoise: The dot matrix printer that issues citations when you make a mistake.
1st Jan '17 7:59:05 PM MissMokushiroku
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* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: Is the EZIC a heroic group of freedom fighters seeking to liberate Arstotzka from its oppressive regime? Or is it just another group of radicals who simply want to seize power for themselves?

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* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: AlternativeCharacterInterpretation:
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Is the EZIC a heroic group of freedom fighters seeking to liberate Arstotzka from its oppressive regime? Or is it just another group of radicals who simply want to seize power for themselves?



*** Dimitri didn't leave the player a nice big wad of cash as a thank you.
* DemonicSpiders: There are some characteristics that are fairly rarely contradictory, but often enough to result in a good number of citations in the long run if you don't look for it. Probably the worst is height, which is sometimes off by as little as 10 cm (which looks like less since they move up and down a few cm). It's a good idea to align those wall-hanging objects to provide a quick reference for height without having to read those dark little numbers on the side of the wall all the time.
** Thankfully, it's easy enough to just use the investigation system to compare a person's height to the one listed in their papers (once you've bought the first booth upgrade).
* EarWorm: The game's droning theme song is surprisingly catchy.
** Not as much as the song for the three {{Golden Ending}}s
** Or the BadEnding song.
* EnsembleDarkhorse: Jorji Costava, a real [[FictionalCountry Cobrastani]] hero!
** [[spoiler: So much so that in the final game, he can potentially save you and your family with the fake passports, no matter how many times you've sent him away.]]
* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: The game proved quite popular among the Russian internet users, [[TruthInTelevision for obvious reasons]].
* GoddamnedBats: Anyone who gets something wrong verbally (length of stay, reason), at least after the point where denial reasons are required. If you miss it, boom, citation. If you question them, they will VerbalBackspace 100% of the time, so you have to go through this short rigmarole and it's never a free denial/detainment afterwards. However, before Day 18, you can just disapprove such cases and your bosses won't object one bit - such are the advantages of working for a totalitarian state.

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*** Dimitri didn't leave the player a nice big wad of cash as a thank you.
* DemonicSpiders: There are some characteristics that are fairly rarely contradictory, but often enough to result in a good number of citations in the long run if you don't look for it. Probably the worst is height, which is sometimes off by as little as 10 cm (which looks like less since they move up and down a few cm). It's a good idea to align those wall-hanging objects to provide a quick reference for height without having to read those dark little numbers on the side of the wall all the time.
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time. Thankfully, it's easy enough to just use the investigation system to compare a person's height to the one listed in their papers (once you've bought the first booth upgrade).
* EarWorm: EarWorm:
**
The game's droning theme song is surprisingly catchy.
** Not as much as the song for the The three {{Golden Ending}}s
Ending}}s.
** Or the The BadEnding song.
* EnsembleDarkhorse: Jorji Costava, a real [[FictionalCountry Cobrastani]] hero!
** [[spoiler: So
hero! [[spoiler:So much so that in the final game, he can potentially save you and your family with the fake passports, no matter how many times you've sent him away.]]
* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: The game proved quite popular among the Russian internet users, [[TruthInTelevision for obvious reasons]].
* GoddamnedBats: GoddamnedBats:
**
Anyone who gets something wrong verbally (length of stay, reason), at least after the point where denial reasons are required. If you miss it, boom, citation. If you question them, they will VerbalBackspace 100% of the time, so you have to go through this short rigmarole and it's never a free denial/detainment afterwards. However, before Day 18, you can just disapprove such cases and your bosses won't object one bit - such are the advantages of working for a totalitarian state.



* HollywoodPudgy: A woman who is 181 centimeters tall and weighs at 73 kilograms can have "overweight" listed as a notable characteristic in her ID along with a face that resembles a puffer fish.
* MemeticMutation: Glory to Arstotzka! (Said in best [[{{Ruritania}} Ruritanian accent]] of course!)

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* HollywoodPudgy: A woman who is 181 centimeters tall tall[[note]]~5'11"[[/note]] and weighs at 73 kilograms kilograms[[note]]~161 pounds[[/note]] can have "overweight" listed as a notable characteristic in her ID along with a face that resembles a puffer fish.
* MemeticMutation: MemeticMutation:
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Glory to Arstotzka! (Said in best [[{{Ruritania}} Ruritanian accent]] of course!)
28th Nov '16 12:56:28 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: Is the EZIC a heroic group of freedom fighters seeking to liberate Arstotzka from its oppressive regime? Or is it just another group of radicals who simply want to seize power for themselves?

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* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: Is the EZIC a heroic group of freedom fighters seeking to liberate Arstotzka from its oppressive regime? Or is it just another group of radicals who simply want to seize power for themselves?
24th May '16 6:02:50 PM Austin
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* WakeUpCallBoss: Jorji's first appearance can actually trip up a new player, since everyone before him has been forthright in giving you their papers. Jorji... [[TooDumbToLive doesn't give you anything]], and the game does not give you inline directions that the proper way to deal with a lack of paperwork is to cross-reference the actual rule in the manual with the empty desk. However, the daily bulletin that you get at the beginning of each day that you are supposed to read before starting a day will teach you this if you read it. You could spend precious in-game hours knowing that you're ''supposed'' to deny him, but not knowing ''how'' to [[FailedASpotCheck if you fail to read the daily bulletin]].
* ZeroEffortBoss: The EZIC attack on the final day is ridiculously easy to thwart with a couple of easy shots because the terrorists are very slow.
20th May '16 9:48:13 PM Gadjiltron
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** Incorrect Issuing Cities or ID Card Districts are also a common detail that trips players up, to the point where some just write down the regions' cities and districts on a separate piece of paper for much quicker reference. Misspellings of cities become easy to identify once the player is familiar with them, but sometimes this discrepancy comes in the form of a correctly-spelled issuing city but a mismatched country.



* ThatOneLevel: Day 26 is this if you want to keep Sergiu alive. You have to destroy two motorcycles and neutralize one wall-jumping terrorist. Your tranquilizer gun has three darts, but its aiming reticle is hard to use at high speeds because it does not mark the location of where the dart will hit. You have to mentally draw the cross from the horizontal and vertical line segments given to you on the edges of the reticle that do not cross to find out where the dart will hit. The sniper rifle has two bullets so it does not have enough ammo to do the job unless you can figure out how to use the SplashDamage the motorcycles generate when they explode, but its aiming reticle marks the location the bullet will hit so is easy to use.

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* ThatOneLevel: Day 26 is this if you want to keep Sergiu alive. You have to destroy two motorcycles and neutralize one wall-jumping terrorist. Your tranquilizer gun has three darts, but its aiming reticle is hard to use at high speeds because it does not mark the location of where the dart will hit. You have to mentally draw the cross from the horizontal and vertical line segments given to you on the edges of the reticle that do not cross to find out where the dart will hit. The sniper rifle has two bullets so it does not have enough ammo to do the job unless you can figure out how to use the SplashDamage the motorcycles generate when they explode, but its aiming reticle marks the location the bullet will hit so is easy to use. Oh, and you have to shoot the attackers quickly enough before they gun down Sergiu.
10th May '16 10:05:20 PM Deathhacker
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* ScrappyMechanic: Sometimes, people will come through with the right documents, but won't give you all of them unless prompted. Another one is when the entrant states a mismatching purpose or length. When interrogated, they always correct themselves instead of giving you a possibility to deny them. These do nothing but waste time.

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* ScrappyMechanic: ScrappyMechanic:
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Sometimes, people will come through with the right documents, but won't give you all of them unless prompted. Another one is when the entrant states a mismatching purpose or length. When interrogated, they always correct themselves instead of giving you a possibility to deny them. These do nothing but waste time.time.
** As noted by Yahtzee, the X-ray mechanic chews through inordinate amount of time, especially when most of the time when it comes up you KNOW something is up with the entrant, but can't reject him/her without a proper reason. That or [[UnsettlingGenderReveal finding out that there wasn't a discrepency to begin with.]]
1st May '16 12:32:32 PM jnv11
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* ScrappyMechanic: Sometimes, people will come through with the right documents, but won't give you all of them unless prompted. This does nothing but waste time.

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* ScrappyMechanic: Sometimes, people will come through with the right documents, but won't give you all of them unless prompted. This does Another one is when the entrant states a mismatching purpose or length. When interrogated, they always correct themselves instead of giving you a possibility to deny them. These do nothing but waste time.
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