Meaningful Play 2018 at Michigan State University

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Title(Re)Thinking Empathy Games
Presenter(s)Steve Wilcox
SessionEmpathy and Gaming
TimeThursday, October 11, 3:00p-4:00p
LocationLake Ontario
FormatPaper Presentation
DescriptionGames and simulations have long been portrayed as a means of fostering understanding and empathy. However, empathy games have recently and deservedly been criticized as facile attempts to reproduce fundamentally inimitable experiences. As a result empathy games have increasingly been viewed with skepticism at best and derision at their worst. This talk rethinks empathy games from the perspective of feminist epistemology, phenomenology, psychology, disability studies, & rhetorical theory. In aligning empathy with these fields, the shortcomings of empathy games will be made clear and a path forward for designing more effective tools for fostering empathy will be laid out.

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