Lunch & Learn - Building Empathy in Video Games

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GamePlay Space / L'Espace Ludique

1435 St Alexandre

#140

Montreal, QC H3A 2G4

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Doors/Lunch: 12:00 // Talk: 12:30 // End: 1:30

Lunch will be provided. *** Please DO NOT arrive early. ***




Making Them Care: The Narrative Burden for Creating Empathy

Why did we cry at the end of 'To The Moon'? Why is 'Undertale' so compelling to players? iThrive Games' Senior Creative Director, Heidi McDonald, shares the science behind how empathy is built, and what specific narrative tasks relate to those processes so that writers can craft more meaningful and empathetic narratives. Things that are scientifically required for empathy, such as perspective taking and how seeing something from multiple people's viewpoints, lend themselves naturally to stories in video games. McDonald will share concrete examples of this in video games, and will share information from iThrive's Design Guide for Empathy.



Heidi Mcdonald directs iThrive Games’ developer outreach activities and provides creative direction on game development projects. She leads retreats, workshops, game jams, and conference events designed to engage top industry and academic professionals in conceptualizing, creating, and testing games to support teen thriving. Drawing on her experience as an award-winning game designer and writer, she translates iThrive Games’ teen thriving concepts into actionable design resources for game developers. Heidi has published and lectured extensively on romance and sexuality in games and how they relate to players’ emotional engagement. She is known for her collection of magnificent hats and for popping up around the Greater Los Angeles area dressed as her pirate alter-ego, Lizzie Bones.


iThrive Games is a nonprofit committed to the use and design of games that are meaningful to teen players -- empowering them to engage in their own development. With a multidisciplinary team and strategic partnerships with leading game developers, scientists, educators, and teens, iThrive creates, designs and studies the impact of games for thriving. iThrive’s work includes several key projects, including: Game Design Studio, game jams, game developer resources, curriculum development, and other education and mental health initiatives. Learn more at www.ithrivegames.org.

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GamePlay Space / L'Espace Ludique

1435 St Alexandre

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Montreal, QC H3A 2G4

Canada

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