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PixelPop Festival Conference Session:

Cute Dogs and Comfort Zones: Designing For Empathy

Sunday, 3:00 pm - 3:20 pm

CW: Euthanasia

Games are an excellent medium for creating empathy in an audience, but doing so can cause unique design challenges. The designers of To The Rescue, an upcoming dog shelter simulator, faced these very problems in trying to make a difference while maintaining positive player motivation. This talk will cover “the euthanasia experience,” why representing reality is important in our game when awareness is involved, and the difficulty of walking the fine line between creating empathy and pushing players to the edge of their comfort zones.

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