From: the Netherlands
In this case, however, I think that many people are reading something very unintended into the naming of the option...
Then the developers have to determine what to name the option. Now I happen to think that the developers came up with quite a good name in Geneva Convention. Selected means that the Geneva Convention is being honored, not selected means it isn't.
Unlike lots of others in this thread, Rick seems at least to be reading my posts.
First, I have a basic question which was not answered by my review of the relevant portions of the manual: What happens if you choose the Geneva Convention option? Are all aspects of the game relating to decisions re atrocities TURNED OFF, or are the decisions sanitized so that the German player makes decisions on these topics, but only within the scope of the Geneva Convention?
In my view, the former is a perfectly acceptable option (although see below), and this game would be no better or worse than any other game on this topic. The latter, however, is an unacceptable whitewash, in that these topics are still included, but the Germans are falsely portrayed as lily white, unlike the dastardly Soviets.
So which is it, how does the game work?
Again, if all these features are simply completely turned off, that's perfectly OK, although the name of the option certainly creates a unnecessarily misleading impression. If it doesn't matter for game purposes if the Germans are following the Geneva Convention, why say that they are? Who are you trying to appease? Names/labels do matter.
I'm sorry if other players consider this issue irrelevant--I cannot.
I'm also troubled by the fact that to the extent that Matrix cares about these issues, they only seem to care about how the Germans look...in another Matrix game, Matrix had no problem depicting Soviet war crimes, without any option to turn them off, but I guess that's perfectly OK? I am speaking of the scenario in a game I won't mention in which the German side's mission was to save a little Russian girl from Soviet troops which were trying to kill her (for no apparent reason). I thought it was very strange and didn't pick up the game again (which I didn't care much for anyway).
And I am not looking for an atrocity simulator, as someone (who apparently hadn't read my posts) claimed, or for these issues to be addressed at all, but to the extent that these issues are addressed, they should be addressed accurately.
Finally, don't get me wrong, I don't care much if Matrix wants to crank out games with German propaganda, I just don't want to buy or play them.
For what I have seen of the game, the Soviets game is different from the German in that the player is not confronted with "decisions" - becoming a member of the party - or not - for example. The tool tip seems to indicate that the option affects both sides but I doubt there is a real game play change on the soviet side.. Developers could chip in.
With regards to your hints towards "German" propaganda (but I think you mean NAZI? Since Germans are a people you know, and Germany is a country today?) - I find that distasteful
"It happened, therefore it can happen again: this is the core of what we have to say. It can happen, and it can happen everywhere.”
¯ Primo Levi, writer, holocaust survivo