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May 19, 2010 | 6:26 AM EDT

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Pray for good fortune.



Rated 5 / 5 stars

People who say this is about not believing in God aren't paying attention at all...

It's like this joke someone told me once:
A guy would pray every single day, begging God to win the lottery...
He kept on doing it until one day he heard a voice from above:
- I heard your prayers, and you shall win... Now please, GO BUY A TICKET


Rated 5 / 5 stars

Now, at first glance, one could assume this game is simply saying that Religion is false. That sitting in one area and hoping from the bottom of your heart, day and night, over and over, in some special way involving weird words and believing that it will somehow magically relieve you of all of your troubles and problems is a foolish idea that makes no sense and should have been abandoned long ago. And that would make sense; like I said at the beginning, at first glance that would appear to be the straightforward message of this game. Once you connect the only two surefire facts that you have (Man prays for fortune and refuses to leave until it happens), there's really only one conclusion you can draw from that.

But you know what? I'm a skeptic. I'm a stupid, confused, questioning, curious kid. And I think that there's something more.

Maybe the message is not anti-religion, but rather anti-greed. His exact words were "give ALL fame wealth and fortune to me". Maybe the idea is that his god is not giving him good fortune because he asked for all of it, and too much of anything is a bad thing. Think about it. If you were a god and somebody basically asked you to make them the luckiest, most important, most well-off person on the planet, would you do it? No matter how devout a follower he is, you're effectively dooming every other person on the planet, whether they worship you or not.

Or maybe the message is one of patience? Maybe his words shouldn't be taken so literally, as I was doing above, but rather his patron deity could bend the meaning a bit to just "I pray for good fortune". So maybe the message is that nothing in this life or the next is immediate, and he must wait for the circumstances of his good fortune to add up so that he may finally receive it.

OR MAYBE the message is that everything must be balanced in life. He refuses to leave his house until he receives his good fortune, but how is he supposed to receive his fortune if he does not interact with the outside world? He could receive a package or a letter bringing good fortune, I suppose, but what if he didn't order anything or isn't expecting mail? Think about the situation. How long could he have been waiting for his good fortune? Minutes? Hours? Days? Maybe the meaning behind it is that if life had nothing but good fortune, then good fortune would be considered the normal fortune. Nothing in life would be beneficial if everything was. Without bad fortune to give meaning to the good fortune, then what IS good fortune?

To all people who have posted reviews stating they believe the message is simply anti-religion, I think you should, once in a while, step back from an obvious meaning and really think about whether it's so obvious, whether it's REALLY the only conceivable meaning or outcome, whether the artist is ACTUALLY as pretentiously condescending as he seems at first glance.

This is why I love bare-bones art games, because, for once in my life, actually have an EXCUSE to ramble on and on and on.

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Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

The music makes me want to drift into my bed, relax under the soft, puffy, warm sheets, and go into a deep sleep where all my wants and needs can be made into a reality, and I can have fun all night, until the blazing, flaming, beautiful sun comes up. Yes, I like this game.


Rated 4 / 5 stars

Guys, this isn't about whether or not you should believe in God. It's about whether or not you are willing to work harder to receive good fortune. That's it.

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Rated 5 / 5 stars

There is a god. although i don't follow any religion, i have prayed for two different things and i recieved both in time. he is real.