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Mass: We Pray
Status: HoaxMass: We Pray claims to be a new video game that allows you to simulate going to church, without ever leaving home. Shacknews.com reports receiving a press release from Prayer Works Interactive, the maker of this purported product. An excerpt follows:
Can this be real? As often with claims of a religious nature, Poe's law rears its head. (The real religious stuff is often so crazy that it's indistinguishable from the spoof stuff). But let's review some of the typical signs that a website is a hoax:
- The site makes a claim that seems outrageous or absurd.
- It advertises a product, but doesn't actually allow you to buy it.
- It's registered anonymously, and no business address is provided.
- Although you can't buy the main product, you can buy a related t-shirt or mug.
- Google ads (or other unrelated ads) are posted to profit from traffic to the site.
That's three signs of being a hoax. So my guess is that Mass: We Pray is probably fake. But the real test, of course, will be to wait and see if they ever offer this thing for sale.
Below is a video demonstration of the game.
Update: On November 20 Mass: We Pray was revealed to be a hoax. (No surprise there!) The pre-order link, which previously had been dead, became clickable, leading to an ad for the video game Dante's Inferno.