Can games make you more empathetic?
The “serious game” movement is changing the way people think about interactive gaming and its potential to tell stories in a new, compelling way. Empathy games, a subset of that movement, aim to put the audience into the shoes of the protagonist, allowing them to explore a world that may be unfamiliar to them.
The genre has its supporters and detractors, and we’re excited to discuss that—in addition to teaching you to build your own—at our Public Newsroom workshop on March 16. We’ll learn about the newly released game We Are Chicago, which follows the life of a South Side teen, and talk about how the gaming community in Chicago works with youth and social justice.
You’ll also learn how to use Twine, a web-based tool that allows you to easily create simple games, “Choose Your Own Adventure” style.
Joining us will be Michael Block, programmer for We Are Chicago, and Ashlyn Sparrow, a game designer who works with youth and research at Game Changer Chicago Design Lab. (Bios to come!)