Tuesday, January 18th, 2022

Light in the Dark-Educational and Historical Experiences About the French Holocaust

There was no shortage of World War II video games. However, they rarely mention the Holocaust, one of the greatest tragedy of the era. According to a recent survey in the UK, 52% of UK residents are unaware of the number of Jews who died in the Holocaust. As video games have become the most preferred form of storytelling for the current generation, in order to maintain the memory of those lost during the Holocaust, we must begin telling their stories through video games. This will be done through The Light in the Darkness, an educational video game about the Holocaust. This is a project I’ve been trying to create for the last 10 years, and after a lot of trials and hardships, it will finally be released on Xbox and Windows 10 next year and will be available as a free-to-play title for everyone.

For The Light in the Darkness, I wanted to focus on the Holocaust in France for a variety of reasons. For one thing, I’m French and the Holocaust in France is rarely discussed. Another reason it sympathizes with me is that because I was a boy, my grandmother told me that she was taking care of the Kindertransport children in the UK. So the Holocaust shaped my family.

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Video games are generally based on player choices, so many have asked how gameplay mechanics work. However, the game intentionally does not include a selection-based mechanism for simulating the feeling of “lack of control” to emulate a helpless experience during the Holocaust. Instead, the game is about telling and witnessing these dark times through the eyes of the family to humanize the victims and show the kind and heroic behavior of the people around them.

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The game follows Moses, Bloomers, and their son Samuel, Polish Jewish immigrants who came to France for a better life. Players will experience events from the pre-occupation of France by Nazi Germany to the atrocities by Vichy France known as the Velodrome Roundup. The story was inspired by the description of multiple survivors, but to ensure that everything is as historically accurate as possible, we work with multiple Holocaust survivors, their children, and historians. I have consulted. In addition to a fascinating story, the light in the darkness is also an educational platform. Players can not only access archives and photos, but also explore history in what is called an educational mode. There are survivor testimonies to watch with historian videos. The goal of Education Mode is to give everyone access to Holocaust Education, including those who do not have the ability to visit museums. It’s important to find new ways to educate and raise awareness about history and what hatred leads to, and I believe video games are the perfect medium to achieve that. increase. That’s why I couldn’t be proud to bring this historic educational experience to Xbox and Windows 10 next year.