After the latest mass shooting in Las Vegas, the cycle of thoughts and prayers filtering out of Washington DC began. Years ago, members of congress used to march out to a podium and offer their thoughts and prayers in the form of reading a written statement.
But thanks to the magic of modern technology, elected officials with no intention of ever enacting any form of gun control, can now offer their hollow thoughts and prayers in the form of a tweet written by an assistant.
In response to this predictable cycle of politicians exploiting tragedy to craft an image of godly concern, "Thoughts & Prayers: The Game" was born.
An 8-bit masterpiece, "Thoughts & Prayers," is made to look like an 80s arcade game. Featuring a screen showing a map of the country, mass shooting locations pop up in cities across the nation. As more shootings occur, the player has the option to either offer thoughts or prayers. After enough thoughts and prayers have been sent, an option to ban assault weapons sales appears, but pressing it only reminds you what an insane idea that really is.
After playing for 30 seconds, players are shown how many thoughts and prayers they were able to send, and how many lives they saved.
To complete the simulation of doing nothing to stem the tide of senseless mass shootings, the game rewards you by telling you what a great job you did, regardless of the outcome.
And in case you were wondering if you can change the outcome of the game, it doesn't matter how many thoughts and prayers you send.
Because just like in real life, you can't save people after a mass shooting...and no amount of thoughts and prayers will ever change that.