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In the last few years a phenomenon has arisen in the West — thanks to the unpredictable job market and rising college costs — of 20-somethings living with their parents for many years after graduating. In Japan, these people are referred to as NEETs, or “Not in education, employment or training.” And it is a phenomenon being addressed in a new PSP title called Ore Ni Hatarakette Iwaretemo Otsu, roughly translated to Even if You Tell Me to Work.

The premise of the game is the main character is a NEET in a village called Aldebaran who has lived off his parents for years. One day, some tragedy occurs, and he is no longer able to live off his parents income, and must find a way to pay the rent without setting foot outside of his house. He finds hope in a scheme to hire wandering soldiers to slay monsters and explore dungeons for him! Sounds like a rather comical interpretation of the economical straights many are currently finding themselves in.

The game released for Japan on April 24th, with no sign of localization currently. I hope that changes because this title sounds just odd enough to be an interesting change of pace from current RPG fare.


Josh Speer
Josh is a passionate gamer, finding time to clock in around 30-40 hours of gaming a week. He discovered Operation Rainfall while avidly following the localization of the Big 3 Wii RPGs. He enjoys SHMUPS, Platformers, RPGs, Roguelikes and the occasional Fighter. He’s also an unashamedly giant Mega Man fan, having played the series since he was eight. As Head Editor and Review Manager, he spends far too much time editing reviews and random articles. In his limited spare time he devours indies whole and anticipates the release of quirky, unpredictable and innovative games.