Project

Videogames based on historic wars have tended to focus on depictions of the combat and violence experienced by soldiers. This has led to a climate where non-combat casualties have been ignored and marginalized within the traditional narrative framework of war games. As a result, both women and children have been largely underrepresented in war games despite the fact that they typically represent the majority of casualties. One specific example of this phenomenon can be found in Pacific War (1941-1945) games that ignore the victims of bombings, especially the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The hibakusha (bomb affected persons) of Hiroshima and Nagasaki have been ignored in the representation of the war, especially in North America. The goal of this project is to create an educational war game that focuses on the experiences of hibakusha after the bombing of Nagasaki in order to better incorporate their stories into North American understandings of the atomic bombs.

"Enough!! You'll be fine. It's just a scratch. Now, go get in line for rations. There is a lot to do today."

Story

This project will take the form of a videogame built using the Unity engine using an isometric perspective. The story will be based on the short story Two Grave Markers by hibakusha novelist Hayashi Kyoko as well as medical documents and government reports. The narrative will focus on a 10-year-old Japanese girl named Ayako whom the player will control as their avatar. The goal of the game will be to navigate the destroyed city of Nagasaki in order to reunite Ayako with her mother. The player will witness the terror of Nagasaki through gameplay and be provided with a perspective of war and the atomic bombs that has been traditionally ignored in the videogame industry.
Ayako

Team

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Mimi Okabe

Japanese Translator