Today our group traveled earlier in the afternoon from Paderborn to Berlin via the train. The trip was a bit tiring, as we constantly had to transfer trains and sit overheated cars. However, the bright point of the day came after we arrived in Berlin (and put down our luggage in the hotel – Motel One), and traveled to Parliament. There we met Thomas Jarzombek, a German politician from the CDU – the leading political party in Germany.
It was interesting to learn more about the stance some German politician’s take on the game industry (some are against it, while others like Jarzombek are supporters). It was also interesting to learn about some of the restrictions placed on games in Germany (you can’t include: swastikas, excessive violence, etc.).
Jarzombek also talked about how he and his committee were looking into the issue of data usage, as right now European citizens are required to opt in to any service that accesses user information (this means that companies are not able to do automatic upgrades like Google and Facebook are able to do, so things are a bit difficult to get processed/manage).
The meeting our group was given free time to explore the area. I went with a small group to a really nice and cheap Italian restaurant (where of course I got funghi pizza), and then we went to get gelato at a small ice cream shop – Vanille & Marille (I got hazelnut and dark chocolate – yum!). We did a bit more exploring before we met up with the rest of the group and headed back to the hotel.
After we got back to the hotel, a bunch of us went to the grocery store to get some snacks and drinks. The store wasn’t very far from the hotel, and the trip proved to be very helpful as were able to locate both a Chinese food restaurant and an Irish pub – both of which I will make it my mission to visit before I leave.
After all that traveling, I feel tired enough to sleep for the next couple of hours. So excited about the game studio tours tomorrow!