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Games are about connection: use them to connect to something worthwhile.

In this guide, Elizabeth Sampat takes designers through a process of reaching through themselves to reach out to others. Drawing on influences as varied as history, politics, psychology and theater, EMPATHY ENGINES sketches a complex network of interaction and community, and shows that system design is at its beating heart. With thorough breakdowns of a multitude of games (blockbuster and indie) and thought-provoking exercises at the end of each chapter, EMPATHY ENGINES will make any game designer think more closely about how to wield systems with intention.

Chapter List:

  • Introduction
  • Systems Make Statements
  • Extinguishing Neutrality
  • Minimalism & Autobiography
  • Cognitive & Emotional Empathy
  • Real-World Emulation
  • Games Are Broken; Reality's Fine
  • Designing For Cognitive Empathy
  • The Problem With Winnability
  • Afterword
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AuthorElizabeth Sampat
Tagsbook, Game Design, how-to, textbook
Average sessionA few hours


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