This is an archive of a previous Meaningful Play. View current Meaningful Play.
|Title||(Re)Thinking Empathy Games|
|Session||Empathy and Gaming|
|Time||Thursday, October 11, 3:00p-4:00p|
|Description||Games 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.|