Today in class our group discussed and put into words much of the founding work for our storyline, including the start of Gunter’s role and how his life journey begins. As Will mentioned in his presentation today, we are working heavily on the game and allowing for the portfolio to be worked on after the bulk of the game is created. Our opening scene starts when our protagonist is fifteen years old, in Berlin, Germany, 1922. Gunter is recruited to join the Hitler Youth. Flash forward to 1938, and his father has passed away from old age. At his father’s funeral, he is approached by Erwin Rommel, and asked if he wants to succeed his father and become a general. At this point, our character is faced with his first decision. For now, this is what we have written down, but we are considering a multitude of ways to continue after this point.
However, the main point of this blog post today is to discuss an interesting point brought up in class after Will’s presentation. A student asked if we had considered bringing in a female character as a choice so that we would have more representation. During our group work time, we decided after some deliberation that although we completely understand that providing more representation allows for a happier and broader audience because it is more relatable to consumers, it also doubles the amount of work we have to do on an already strenuous schedule. Creating a new and completely different story for a another character is certainly a fascinating addition, as it could be quite refreshing, and allow for even more coverage of historical events in Nazi Germany. However, we still believe that in this particular case, the time constraint makes it very challenging. Also, our plan as a group has been to try and stay as historically accurate as possible, and when Hitler took over, he shut down all roles for women in society.
Before the Nazi regime, the Weimar Republic had pushed for women’s rights, seen through the passing of the Weimar Constitution, giving women their right to vote, equality in legal matters, and equal rights in marriage. Although some rights were still withheld from women, it was a step forward in society. When Adolf Hitler rose into power, women’s rights took a backseat. He utilized friendships with influential women in society when running for leader of Germany to gain sponsorships and trust from female voters. However, he quickly discouraged higher education for women, and basically forced women to slide back into the role of being bound to the household. He was a rarity, being single as a leader. Later on, he was married to Eva Braun, who was completely unknown to the German public, showing the housewife and hidden job that women in Nazi society earned. Even though he had lower votes from women, he still got women to convince their husbands to join Hitler’s army. Overall, adding a woman as a second option would not be viable due to the lack of futures. The plot has no “winning” outcome.
I know that we are not creating a second character, but this research has come to be very interesting relating to our game, as a woman would add more depth to our work. Thank you for the suggestion in class and the questions today! See you next week.