History YMMV / PapersPlease

19th Aug '17 2:28:54 AM ErsatzArcana
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** Is Sergiu being nice and friendly towards the inspector because he is [[NiceGuy genuinely a good person]], or is he just doing it in order to establish a rapport with you, so that when the time comes, [[BatmanGambit he can use the inspector's position to get his lover through the border against regulations]]? How you interpret this will really change your perception on whether or not the scene of Sergiu and Elisa embracing each other as one of the [[HeartwarmingMoments most adorable and heartwarming moments in an otherwise bleak story]], or that he is [[ManipulativeBastard yet another guy who will step over you to get what he wants]] (After all, you supervisor [[BadBoss Dimitri]] had you do the same thing with [[EvenEvilHasLovedOnes his own lover, Shae]]. [[NotSoDifferent Just in an a lot ruder and demanding manner]]).

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** Is Sergiu being nice and friendly towards the inspector because he is [[NiceGuy genuinely a good person]], or is he just doing it in order to establish a rapport with you, so that when the time comes, [[BatmanGambit he can use the inspector's position to get his lover through the border against regulations]]? How you interpret this will really change your perception on whether or not the scene of Sergiu and Elisa embracing each other as one of the [[HeartwarmingMoments most adorable and heartwarming moments in an otherwise bleak story]], or that he is [[ManipulativeBastard yet another guy who will step over you to get what he wants]] (After all, you your supervisor [[BadBoss Dimitri]] had you do the same thing with [[EvenEvilHasLovedOnes his own lover, Shae]]. [[NotSoDifferent Just in an a lot even ruder and demanding manner]]).
20th Jul '17 3:09:26 PM treehugger0369
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* GoodBadBugs: At least in some versions of the game, smuggling something under their clothes can cause people to be ''lighter'' than their passport states.

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* GoodBadBugs: GoodBadBugs:
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At least in some versions of the game, smuggling something under their clothes can cause people to be ''lighter'' than their passport states.states.
** On Day 29, [[spoiler: Jorji will tell you that he can smuggle you and your family out of Arstotzka if you give him valid Obristan passports for each family. He'll offer you his after you give it back, or you can confiscate it yourself, but if you do it right[[note]]Confiscate his passport before he gives you the flier for the forgers, then remove the confiscated passport from the drawer before giving him a stamped passport seizure slip[[/note]], he'll give you another passport even though you already took his, giving you two passports for one citation.]]
29th Jun '17 10:13:44 AM superkeijikun
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* MostAnnoyingSound: You will learn to dread the sound of your citations being printed.
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.
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