Teacher Review For Papers, Please

Great way to reflect on ethical and political issues related to immigration

My Rating 5
Learning Scores
Engagement 5
Pedagogy 5
Support 4
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Individual
Knowledge gain
How I Use It
I downloaded it on PC and played it for about 20 hours. I did manage to finish the game once.
My Take
In Papers, Please, you play a border patrol agent that inspects people’s immigration documents. If you let someone in with invalid documents, you might lose part of the income needed to support your family. Denying entry to someone with valid documents will also cost you. Papers, Please makes you think about all sort of ethical and political issues related to immigration/security and might work as a great teaching tool. For example, do you deny entry to a war refugee because his documents expired a few days ago, knowing he could be killed as a result? Granting him entry with expired documents might cost you your job. The game is incredibly entertaining and very enlightening. I’ve been telling professors of immigration studies to play it. You can download it for $10.