'Pepper' is a story focused PC game concept I developed collaboratively for the European Games for social change competition G4C. The game is aimed at 8-12 year olds and uses the main character ‘Pepper’ as a channel for issues of gender inequality. The aim is to encourage children to question their perception of gender through meaningful gameplay, decision making and storytelling.
This is the story of eight year old Pepper, who wants to play the male lead role of Papageno in the school theatre adaptation of Mozart's Magic Flute. Sadly, the teacher doesn't think a gender reversal would be a good idea. Will she get the part in the end?
Graphic assets for minigame
To ensure the user experience is constantly kept in mind during development I generated personas at the start of the project to help the whole group narrow their focus and target the game's style and linguistics appropriately. I gained inspiration for the later stages of interface implementation from the wide range of game developers I was able to collaborate with during the Global Game Jam 2014. Throughout game development I have been utilising testable prototypes and mock ups which target users can try out and give feedback on.