On Wednesday, December 05, the 15th edition of the Deutscher Entwicklerpreis (German Game Developer Award), the oldest and most important award for outstanding achievements in the development of digital games in the German-speaking area, will be awarded in Cologne. “Jessika – Underneath the System“, a narrative game that focuses on a fictional right-wing radical group, is nominated for the “Ubisoft Blue Byte Newcomer Award – STUDIERENDE“. The game is developed by CGL students Pierre Schlömp, Sarah Abouzari and Seren Besorak, who joined forces under the label TriTrieGames.
About “Jessika – Underneath the System”:
Jessika is a narrative game, focusing on a fictional right wing activist, inspired by the terrorist activities of NSU. The theme of the game is comparable to movies like American History X, Aus dem Nichts or Kriegerin and the gameplay is inspired by Her Story.
The game itself simulates a desktop environment and works with different media formats, that all depict Jessika who is played by a real actress.
As a player the student is assigned the role of a computer specialist, who is tasked with recovering data about a potential criminal. They gain access to a Virtual Private Network (VPN) and can search a database by entering words into the search engine. If the entered word is the same as one of the tags that is attached to every media file, the player will be presented with said file and can watch or open it. A media file can be a video, image, text or sound file that contains information about Jessika.
About the Deutscher Entwicklerpreis:
The Deutscher Entwicklerpreis is the oldest and most important award for outstanding achievements in the development of digital games in the German-speaking area and will be awarded for the 15th time this year. The award is organized by CMG Conferences, which is also responsible for the developer conerence Quo Vadis and for Devcom, a two day event in the course of gamescom. Compared to other awards for digital games, the award is characterized by a stronger focus on the people behind the games, e.g.: the developers, the publishers, the community managers, etc..
More info on the award: www.deutscherentwicklerpreis.de