On one level Braid works as a cautionary tale that you can never attain what you most desperately seek: your princess. But with the stars, Braid offers a darker warning: that you can get what you want if you persist, but it will cost you something you can never get back again. And your achievement will seem hollow by comparison. At some point since Braid's original release, someone somewhere has neglected their partner or family to chase these eight stars. And with that, Braid's point was proved – even as it was missed.