06/04 – Abbreviations everywhere

<– CDU –>

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We had a chance to do more government stuff today. We visited the parliament building and were able to meet members of the Christian Democratic Union – one of the largest political parties in Germany. There were talks about data protection and more information regarding views on the opt-in system.

Fortunately, one of the members expressed interest in seeing the German game industry developing in the upcoming years. Mainly, the integration of games into the education sector. This would greatly increase the popularity of games as well as bring down the negative connotation now seemingly applied to games and gamers alike.

It was good to see that members of government were in favor of games and the expansion of the industry. They looked at them in good light, much unlike a lot of flak that I see games get in the U.S. due to being correlated with real violence.

After the presentation, we had a chance to tour around the building. This building had so many things which were just asking to have their picture taken, so I had to make sure I complied.IMG_0244  IMG_0216 IMG_0219 IMG_0221

 

These are just a handful of pictures of the various posters that were hanging on the walls.

We also walked into a room that had a chair from each of the cities in Germany, which was pretty damn awesome. We were asked to recommend that the U.S. have a similar room, with a chair from each state.

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<– Games Academy –>

Another location in Germany which housed aspiring game developers. We had a chance to chat with some of the students that were studying there. It’s a two year program, and in a similar fashion to the gameslab back at Paderborn, everyone has their own specialization and large teams are formed to create awesome projects.

I talked games and development with some of the members there and learned about the tools that they use and their general workflow.

I was also able to get rare footage of professor Jacobs leading his troops into battle:

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Aside from getting a chance to talk with students from the Games Academy, I was able to take some shots of mouth-watering art.IMG_0367 IMG_0368

<– Night night –>

After the visit to the Games Academy, most people split off to do their own thing. I don’t remember what I ended up doing, but I have pictures of things that are…interesting.IMG_0369 IMG_0370

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