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A short game about being a Jehovah's Witness youth created with Bitsy Game Maker by Adam Ledoux. I am a former Jehovah's Witness myself. 


"This game only needs four minutes to make you uncomfortable." – Motherboard


"With its simple means and a somber look that underscores how bleak this life seems to be, the game manages to send a powerful message." – Spielkritik


Find out more about Jehovah's Witnesses at JW Facts!

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StatusReleased
PlatformsHTML5
Release date Feb 20, 2018
Rating
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Authorm3g1dd0
GenreSimulation, Adventure
Made withBitsy
Tags8-Bit, Bitsy, Walking simulator
Average sessionA few minutes
LanguagesEnglish
InputsKeyboard, Touchscreen, Smartphone

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There is a kingdom hall in my town and everytime I go past it I feel dirty. Maybe because I'm catholic? Maybe because I might not be straight? No, it's because they are scumbags and I'm glad my dad got them away from my home because he works with them for confrices and that. This is what I hate about religion, the most catholic or christen people I know admit that God and the afterlife may not exist. This game encompeses what I hate about religon, discrimination, no understanding or ANYTHING RESEMBLING COMMON SENSE IN THE MOST DEVOTE OF THEM!!! I do like this game a lot though, you did good.

I don't know what a confrices is, but the way you express yourself only diminishes the validity of your point of view. You talk about discrimination, yet it is you who hate something you don't even know.  Also , a true Christian would never admit that God does not exist. They're just contradicting themselves. 

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Great job. I'm also an ex-jw and gay, so this was sort of surreal for me to play.  

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I feel very bad for people that had to experience things like this. There are way to many over simplifications. Concerning masturbation, what mainstream Christian religious truly tolerates that? As for your brother being disfellowshiped, that's on you and your parents for shunning him completely. You should've helped him instead of ignore him. No one controls your actions. I know adult children who live with their JW parents. I see putter1 commented that his parents don't even know their grandchildren. While I feel bad for them, that's on the parents, not on Jehovah's witnesses. Again, I know plenty of grandparents that bring their grandchildren from their disfellowshiped children to the Kingdom Hall. It's too bad that they assume because their experiences are bad, everyone goes through the same thing. If the man who quits his high paying job to preach more wants to do that and that's what makes him happy, then whats it to you. One of the most blatant inaccuracies in the game was the dad telling you that you can have the nicer house after Armageddon. That just shows what kind of personality the creators father had. Not a humble man at all. I hope that those of you who don't know Jehovah's witnesses don't base your opinions of them on this game. This game distorts the truth about Jehovah's witnesses and misses a lot of key points about them.

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Bless you for creating this game. What a simplistic and yet effective way of showing the bullshit we went through in this cult. I almost shed a tear at the end. 

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I also created an account just to respond to this. I was raised JH, got kicked out for basically being a kid and not being sorry about it. I also went through the tribunal to get kicked out. Nothing like making your entire community cry and then having all of them not talk to you at the age of 13. Now my parents won't talk to me. They didn't come to my wedding and haven't met my kids. I usually brush all of it off because I have zero regrets about my choices, but this is a painful reminder of just how bad it was/is. It's a painful reminder, but one I think is healthy to think about. Thanks for taking the time to create this and share with other people this experience. 

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Stockholm Syndrome doesn't appear to be an issue for you, does it Misha? The game and the laughs will surely raise your profile & status among your new(?) friends too. Throwing your former JW religion and community under the bus is a sure fire tried and true formula for crowd pleasing - that's for sure. Now that you're out, soak up as much of what life has to offer as possible. Wouldn't want you to be short changed. Life's a lark, man, enjoy it while you can. I mean, what could go wrong? 

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Read back over what you've typed there...  enjoy it while it lasts... that the holy spirit running through you?

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created an account because of this,  half my dads side of the family is JW, i feel a lot of this because i never got to spend a lot of time with that part of the family. my dad actually kept a JW bible at home too so we could ward off people at the door. my aunt died because of a blood transfusion too and it was a big deal at the time because half of that side of the family was really upset she wouldn't get the transfusion. i also had a couple friends in middle school that were JW, they really liked me because i understood their own limitations because of their faith and i never judged or treated him like freaks because of it. this game, though small and very simple, is a good reflection of how i viewed their faith.

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I played your game to the end and appreciate the time you put into it. While I'm not JW,  what you've created really conveys the arbitrary limitations and frustrations of this cultish religion quite well. I do hope you continue to make games, as I'm sure it could be an excellent career to help better yourself with.
Edit:: Misread your AMA and thought you were a teenager. my bad. :P

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Born and raised JW here, and I left when I was 17. Played your whole game through, and I liked it. Thank you. :)

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Thank you for playing and sharing your thoughts :)