‚Jehovah’s Witness Simulator 2018‘ Gives a Candid Glance at an Insular World


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This game only needs four minutes to make you uncomfortable.

Matthew Gault | MOTHERBOARD

No one likes it when a Jehovah’s Witness knocks on your door and tries to sell you on their religion when you’d rather be doing anything else. There’s a good chance the Witness hates it even more than you do though, especially if they’re a teenage boy.

Misha Verollet is an ex-Jehovah’s Witness living in Vienna, Austria. Jehovah’s Witness Simulator 2018 is a video game he made that condenses his childhood experience down to about four minutes.

Verollet used simple graphics and text boxes to convey the stifling life he lived. Caleb—the protagonist—explores his home, goes door-to-door to spread the church’s message, and dodges impolite questions from other kids at public school. It’s a short ‚walking simulator‘-type game with an effective message—being a Jehovah’s Witness can be alienating and strange.

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