Meaningful Play 2018 at Michigan State University

Paper Information

TitleGames of Fellowship: Affection, Empathy and Making Friendship Games
Presenter(s)Casey O'Donnell and Hermione Banger
SessionEmpathy and Gaming
TimeThursday, October 11, 3:00p-4:00p
LocationLake Ontario
FormatPaper Presentation
DescriptionWhile it might be stated that, "many games can foster friendship," with players learning or working together or players using games to spend time with family members the focus has not been explicitly on games designed for creating or fostering new or old friendships. Fellowship of Fools is a game designed to help guide players through developing a friendship with someone new, or deepening an existing relationship. The game prompts players for situations to role play together in which they must choose what are the best topics to explore in that given situation. Some topics may be too personal to ask too early in getting to know someone, or not appropriate for the situation at hand. In the game, players will navigate these possibilities and share feedback on how we choose to play and respond. The more time players spend in the game building experience, the deeper those relationships become.

The presentation will focus on the evolution of the game and its background as well as how its design was built around various research focused on fostering intimacy and closeness as well as personal experiences in building and fostering relationships.

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