worth mentioning, everyone that end up in the game tried to play by the rules to improve their conditions, and got fucked by an unfair world/competition. And end up in the another, final this time, unfair world/competition.
We have a factory worker, fired, that try to make his own business, eventually end in crippling debt and go to the game to save his ill mother
We have a NK emigrant that came in sk for better life, lost her parents in the process, got scammed, end up as a shitty criminal with her borther in an orphanage
The bengladesh illegal worker, come for better life for his family, get fucked by porky not paying him for his work and hurt in the dangerous work, has to flee in panic for having tried to get his salary paid
the trader, as everyone in this work, is pushed to take insane risks, and when it backfire, it all suddenly rest on his shoulders and not on his bank's
some games are really about your early choices in life in capitalist society, the one where you choose a simple shape without knowing any rules for example, typically metaphor for education in capitalist society.
Putting you in situations where the ones you worked with before and like, end up as your competition.
All this, because it profit to handful of super porkies who are bored ? How much exploitation and worker suffering happened to get bezos in space do you think ?
and framing it all as an "opportunity", because in this brutal world, freedom is just being able to accept your exploitation (and the competition with the others loosers) and massive risk of sudden death (more than 99%, although they dont know that…), for a slim chance marketed to you, rather than slowly dying out in misery
also pretty sure the author himself was pretty clear its a metaphor for capitalism, its just hard to miss