You can now attempt to save lives with only your thoughts and prayers, like so many try to do. With Thoughts and Prayers: The Game, you can offer your good thoughts in order to spare victims from gun violence. The catch is, as in real life, it doesn’t work. The new Internet game, from The GOP Arcade‘s Mike Lacher, mocks the meaningless “support” offered by politicians in the wake of mass shootings, like last weekend’s tragedy at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando.
Time and time again, we see politicians offer their condolences to victims’ families, instead of calling for any actual policy change. The game satirizes this by displaying various mass shootings on a cartoon map of the United States, as well as their body counts. As the player clicks “Think” and “Pray” over and over, messages blink across the screen, urging you to “Pray Harder” and “Think More.”
If you try to use the “Ban Assault Weapon Sales” option, the game tells you, “That’s Un-American,” and reminds you, “You depend on NRA votes!” So basically, all you can do is think and pray. And at the end of each round, you see how many thoughts/prayers you’ve doled out, and how many lives they’ve saved. My high score is 121—that’s a lot of thinking and praying in under 23 seconds. But no matter how hard anyone thinks and prays, guess how many lives they end up saving? Absolutely none.