Since our last blog post, we have made immense progress in our history research on the Cold War. As a group we have gathered many different source materials to help us gain insight in the problems that arose during that time period. As a whole we want to figure out specific details that would enable us to play with the continuity of the cold war while maintaining the main conflicts that went on. We are using many primary and secondary sources to help us navigate our game to make it believable.
As of right now, Luke H. is working on the video game process and figuring out different aspects we can use in our gaming storyline. Luke D., Cole and I are doing online and physical research to get a complete understanding of the Cold War and how we can use our knowledge to help Luke H. and Brenna with the storyline as well as looking into mass incarceration to help fulfil our vision for this game. One of our goals is to make the video game accurate in terms of the dangers and fears of the Cold War while giving room for realistic fictional story that would align with the events of the Cold War and issues involving mass incarceration. Another thing I helped with on the game is drawing up a few concept pieces for our video game that Luke H. can go off of when describing certain things. For example, I drew my idea of a courtroom for our game and different clothes the main character would wear so its easier to describe the character when writing the game.
In order for us to stay on track during this short term, Brenna has created a plan of action (which she has wrote about in her last blog post) so we know what to do and when to do it. Another goal of ours is to maximize our time frame so we can use minimal effort and still get an amazing grade. There’s a whole timeline of specific days that we will work on different things and making sure that we get what we have to get done consistently.
Today during group work time, I made my way to the library to get a few more primary source materials on the Cuban Missile Crisis which solidified our choice of making that our alternate timeline kick off. The sources I gathered were four books written in the 21st century (for updated information on the Cuban missile crisis that older books might not have). The names and authors of the books are “High Noon in the Cold War” by Max Frankel, “Cuban Missile Crisis Revisited” by James A. Nathan, “The Cuban Missile Crisis in American Memory: Myths versus Reality” by Sheldon M. Stern which show different ways citizens of the United States panicked and prepared for all out Nuclear War and finally the memorable “Thirteen Days: A Memoir of the Cuban Missile Crisis” by Robert F. Kennedy which is a book on the Cuban Missile Crisis through the eyes of the brother of the President.