The RPG Where You’re A Bum And Get Others To Do The Work

By Sato . May 2, 2013 . 3:36pm


In E-Smile’s oddball slacker RPG, you don’t play as a hero who is destined to save the world from the clutches of a Dragon Lord or even save a village from being invaded by demons; instead, you play as a shut-in who averts his financial crisis from the comfort of his own home.


The title of the game is Ore Ni Hatarakette Iwaretemo Otsu, which is roughly translated as “Even if You Tell Me to Work” is a RPG title on PSP, where the hero is a NEET. This term stands for “Not in Education, Employment, or Training,” which is a title given to young Japanese adults who aren’t employed, enrolled in school or any form of training, and prefer to stay home rather than seek employment.


Ore Ni Hatarakette Iwaretemo Otsu takes place in Aldebaran, a village in the world called Etoile. The main character has comfortably lived off his parents’ fruits of labor as a shut-in for most of his life, until one day, a certain incident occurs and he no longer has the financial benefits of his parents. He’s facing a crisis, as he no longer has the  money to pay rent, and it doesn’t help that he’d rather die than leave his home—so going outside to slay a few monsters for gold is out of the question.


It isn’t long until a brilliant idea strikes the young lad, which is to hire adventurers to do the monster slaying and dungeon exploring for him, so he can act as a middleman and get paid without ever having to leave his home.


Ore Ni Hatarakette Iwaretemo Otsu was released on April 24th for PSP.


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  • Well isnt that rather ingenious

  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    So pretty much a life of a college student

    • Except the “Not in education” part.

      • Aristides

        That depends what type of college student XP.

      • Tsunamori Nanashi

        I can tell you with no shade of doubt from pure personal experience that you can be a college student and not be in any kind of education

        • Ferofax

          Haha, so true.

        • ShawnOtakuSomething

          Yeah… hahaha

  • JonathanisPrimus

    I take it this is a PSN release based on the 1500 yen price tag?

  • ragingmerifes

    Why are there still so many new games for the PSP?

    • ronin4life

      It is easy to develop for and has an extensive user base.

      Expect this to happen to ps4/nextbox in the west the next few years to…

      • Pyrotek85

        What’s sad is that even fewer are likely to get localized at this point, which is why I wish they’d develop for Vita. Though I can’t blame them for sticking with PSP if that’s where the customer base is.

      • Not to mention a lot of them are downloadable on the Vita, so people who have a Vita can still play it and those who don’t can still buy the game without upgrading.

        PSP was/is really big in Japan.

        • Tsunamori Nanashi

          It still is, I’ve been there a couple of months ago and you still see McDonalds full of people playing MonHun on PSPs, not Vitas

    • Tsunamori Nanashi

      Shhh, it’s cool, don’t complain

  • ronin4life

    I didn’t know people like me had a descriptive label besides “loser”…

    … that’s Neet.

    Also, so is this game. Womp.

  • d19xx

    “It isn’t long until a brilliant idea strikes the young lad, which is to hire adventurers to do the monster slaying and dungeon exploring for him, so he can act as a middleman and get paid without ever having to leave his home.”

    A hero with common sense? Now that’s something I can get behind on. Reminds me of Racettear…

    • ronin4life

      Thinking about it, it also reminds me of yuugen gaisha.

    • Tsunamori Nanashi

      It reminds me of My Life as a King, where you sit back on your throne building houses and you send masses of your kingdom’s youths to the slaughter.

      • gamerdude

        I really tried to give that game a massive chance but that was just horrible.

        The restrictive hand-holding game design really can be seen in the director’s next game too: Final Fantasy XIII

        My life as a king had everything going for it but the restrictions held it back from being great or even good. The art direction of CC series is super good though it’s a shame they haven’t had luck with proper game designers yet.

    • Mithfalath

      Capitalism, ho!

  • Samurai Don

    Sounds like me then. ;D

  • Chiupon

    Reminds me of Reccetear o;

  • riceisnice

    How do NEETs pay for rent or bills?

    • Their parents support them. In Japan things like this tend to just be swept under the rug, as to not bring outside attention to it. It’s why hikkikomori (chronic shut-ins) are able to live in their bedrooms and never leave, but still afford to live, eat, and buy things off the internet.

      Rather than stand up to their child and kick them out, some parents (not all, mind you) will just give them money and try to ignore it.

      • Ferofax

        Because it shames them, and so rather than face the shame, they’d rather go along. It’s one of the cons of being a proud culture, they cannot bear shame.

        • puchinri

          I wouldn’t own it entirely up to pride though. It certainly plays a part (an extensive one), but there’s also that “your burden is your own” bit and some other things at play. Things that can be as damaging as they can build up character.

      • ShadowDivz

        Do they still acknowledge they have a child? Or do they just say they moved out and don’t hear from them?
        People won’t find out anyway.

        • I’m sure they acknowledge they have a kid still, they just don’t talk about what is wrong with them, and people don’t ask.

          Japan doesn’t have a great mental health system compared to parts of the western world and still view things like depression and anxiety disorders as something you “need to get over” rather than find someone to help you work through.

    • revenent hell

      They don’t, their parents do it for them.

  • Suicunesol

    And the PSP RPGs just keep coming…

    But the trailer makes it look like it could be a VN of sorts. No sprites or world.

  • Mithfalath

    Holy crap this… this is a marvelous idea! Why isn’t this done before? Aren’t we all like this at some point in our lives? :))

  • revenent hell

    This game would be my dream come true haha (I work three jobs so yeah)
    I know its for the PSP and reduces chances of a localization but it doesn’t hurt to hope now does it?

  • ZekeFreek


  • PoweredByHentai

    God damn, I want to play this game.

    The game is only available through the Japanese PSN. Argh.

  • Christian Hansen

    I’ve been paying attention to this for a while, too text-heavy to import, too on-a-dead-handheld to localize. At this point it’s just dangling a carrot, so why even post about it?

    • brian

      So people like me that want to import it and never knew about it can have it on their radar?
      It is also supposedly PSN only.
      I’ll hold most of my interest for it until I see gameplay of it.

    • puchinri

      We can pray to some star out there that Natsume throws folks another bone and picks it up, maybe? Since they’re still localizing (fairly niche) PSP games.

    • coax

      Well, I hadn’t heard of it until I saw this article. But I’m playing it now.

  • Now this sounds like my kind of game ^_^

  • Learii

    I guess this game not coming out of japan

  • Final Aura

    How can the NEET hire adventurers when he has no money?

    • Ferofax

      I expect the adventurers give him a cut of the profits, and he gives them clients. It’s what middle men do.

  • puchinri

    Isn’t that beyond NEET and into hikkimori territory? @[email protected];

    Anywho, I’m pretty charmed by the art direction of the game and really interested. Even if it turns out to be pretty simple (as far as mechanics and gameplay), it’s a fun idea with a kind of quaint atmosphere~.

  • CobbleCake

    Plant names, huh

  • Jack Frazee

    Sounds like a very interesting premise, but gosh that trailer was awful. The character design looks horrendously generic. :<

  • Sounds like Recettear with someone else going to the dungeons, sort of.

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