“Generation Zero” nominated for the Serious Games Award and presented in the German parliament

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For the 3rd time, the Serious Games Award is awarded to the best educational games at the CeBIT 2011 fair in Hannover, Germany. The postwar adventure game Generation Zero is among the five best serious games and reaches out for the trophy. Even more so, the title will be discussed at the highest places in Germany: Members of parliament will playtest the game this Wednesday in the “German Bundestag”.

Munich, February 2011

On March 4th 2011, the „Serious Games Conference” will be held the 3rd time in Hannover. The conference awards software applications that take usage of entertainment technology but follow an educational premise at the same time. The adventure “Generation Zero” is among the five nominees for this “Serious Games Award” and reach for the prize money of in all 22.500 Euros. The games have been carefully selected by a jury of experts including Dr.-Ing. Stefan Göbel from the University of Technology in Darmstadt, Moses Grohé, Editor in Chief of the GEE magazine and Prof. Eku Wand from the University of Art in Braunschweig. Generation Zero, which has been subsidized by the FilmFernsehFonds of Bavaria and the the Bavarian State Chancellery, was able to succeed against over 50 other competitors in the contest.

Generation Zero tells the story of Emil, who returns to the destroyed city of Berlin in 1945, in order to find his father. The perspective of a whole generation of children is ruined – just like the buildings of the once elevated capital. With nothing, they’re fighting for their bare survival in the streets of a postwar area. During his journey, Emil himself will be forced to form his own youth gang, just to assure his own and his sisters’ survival. And still: Despite all the destruction, the rivalries and the despair, this is the generation “zero” building up the Germany we know today. Together with Emil, his sister and his friends the player will learn to understand, why Germany became, what it is today. The game focuses heavily on believable and deep characters with a lot of backstory as well as a thorough research on the topic and its cultural impact.

This cultural impact has now even become a topic at the highest places in Germany, too: The game will be presented in the German parliament on February 23rd. On this evening, all members of parliament are invited to a special “LAN party”. The event is organized by the German Trade Association of Interactive Entertainment Software (BIU) and several politicians and is supposed to lower prejudices against computer games that still can be found in politics, today. Besides the big budget titles, Generation Zero will be playable for the MPs, representing a more substantial title that is holding up a unique setting and story rarely done in games. The event will be heavily covered by press and television stations and the whole team of Generation Zero is keen about its response.

Generation Zero Features

  • Innovative 3D adventure game with a classic point-&-click interface
  • Unique story and setting in the postwar era of Berlin in 1945
  • Innovative puzzle design with a strong focus on characters
  • “social gameplay”: your own actions have immediate consequences on the outcome
  • Partner actions: control up to three characters
  • Alternative solutions with different impacts
  • Object sensitive verbs: Each object has its own set of verbs
  • Many dynamic camera tracking shots in beautiful, very detailed 3D sceneries
  • Intuitive user interface deliberately designed for the usage on iPad
  • Atmospheric soundtrack composed by Knights of Soundtrack

About Reality Twist GmbH

Reality Twist develops first-class video games for all premium platforms like the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, iOS and PC, and designs all type of genres for all kinds of target groups – from smart sport games to exciting adventures. For the Munich-based company, an immersive experience, exciting gameplays and thrilling worlds are always in the focus of its products. Reality Twist is a full service provider and offers the complete service spectrum of game development: from pre- and postproduction, conception, design, producing, project management to marketing. High-class and innovative products as well as sustainability are the primary goals during the development. Reality Twist therefore sets high values in an excellent educated team, consisting of programmers, authors, game designers and artists as well as a multiplatform-approach during the development of its products.
Besides a huge know-how about popular game-engines like Unity3D or Trinigy Vision, Reality Twists continuously improves its own basic technologies. By this, the company guarantees its clients not only a technological head start but also a high-efficient and above all a predictable development process. Apart from its own productions, Reality Twist also accepts work-for-hire-projects from other game developers or publishers. For the industry, the company develops professional, interactive simulators for theme parks. Reality Twist is supported by the level up program of “Game Connection”, Microsoft’s BizSpark initiative and the FilmFernsehFonds of Bavaria (FFF Bayern).

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