It wasn’t actually too hard to make it out of the simulation with around $1000 if you can separate simulation from reality and take each question with a grain of salt. Many of these questions don’t come back to bite you in the timeframe that you play the game, and many have no effect at all. For example, I could choose not to buy any food at all or sell all my possessions in a yard sale without repercussion. Even the internet, for example, a bare necessity of 21st century living, seemed like a burden to buy when you couldn’t actually use it. However, certain questions were phrased in a way that guilt-tripped you into spending money, though there was no direct consequence of not giving your mother medicine money or not going to your grandfather’s funeral. Maybe the indifference I approached these problems with represents how people living in poverty become hardened to real-life situations. Though, of course they feel more when their mother is sick than I do when a message on-screen tells me my “mother” is sick, they could probably really buy nothing at the grocery store and be fine while I couldn’t.


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