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    will89's Prison Architect (PC)

    [February 9, 2018 09:53:46 AM]
    During my third play through, some complexity actually came up. I didnít mention, but I chose to do an all-female prison. Two things popped into my head. First, what happens to those who donít identify with the male or female gender? This isnít an option in the game, but in real life I wanted to know what happens. Second, and this was the complexity, one of my prisoners arrived pregnant. I had never thought of this. So what does happen in this situation in real life? What happens when a women is convicted to prison, but she is pregnant or gets pregnant interim?
    I had to build a separate room for her. While it didnít develop within the game, I wondered if the other prisons would dislike her for her treatment, and how that dynamic plays out in real life.
    This led me to my possible OPA question, which is: does Prison Architect downplay the complexities of prison aspects, and will the player take these for face value?
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    [February 8, 2018 11:28:33 AM]
    During the second play session, I continued to add on to my prison when funds became available. Nothing happened in terms of prison riots or anything of that nature. It made me skeptical as I feel that a real prison would have issues with its inmates. In other words, I feel that the game downplayed the complexity of a prison. Having only played for around an hour at this point, I posited that the game would add in more confounds as the game progressed. Unfortunately, I donít have an additional 10 hours to spend on the game to see if that is how it plays out.
    Something I did find interesting was the medic boxes and their coloring. In class, it got brought up that a white box with a red cross on top is a symbol most players recognize as being health. This wasnít the case in Prison Architect as the game used a green symbol. I looked into this and found this wasnít always the case. In the past, they had used red crosses. The developers were forced to change this as it violated a Geneva Convention protocol. It is interesting to me that game developers are having to change their creations based on actual laws, making it harder for some to further their entertainment or story value within the game.
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    [February 6, 2018 11:28:37 AM]
    The first session of play came from building the prison. It made me wonder a lot of things, like: how much is actually involved in setting up a prison? Will this game really delve into what is required in a prison setting? How robust will it be in the problems Iíll encounter? At the end of the first play session, I only got to the point of opening my prison.
    The game doesnít have a direct tutorial mode. Instead, it recommends that you go elsewhere to get your information. I didnít like this. I compared the game to Roller Coaster Tycoon, which had a wonderful tutorial system for any age group. The developers have done many updates, which concerns me because a tutorial mode wasnít apart of these.
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    will89's Prison Architect (PC)

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    GameLog started on: Wednesday 17 January, 2018

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