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Friday, March 7 • 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Building Empathic Games for Healthy Outcomes

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As anyone who cried when Aeris died knows, it’s easy to fall in love with your favourite game character. One of gaming's biggest strengths is the ability to allow players to form deep emotional bonds with characters. Empathizing with characters helps players understand themselves and others. Navigating difficult scenarios in a game world helps us manage our lives and provides a sense of belonging.
Games have enormous potential to be used as interventions for mental health promotion, but the majority of mainstream games don't address mental health and inclusion in a purposeful way.
Game designers working on LongStory, a queer-positive dating game for pre-teens, will lead a conversation on narrative and choice mechanics that call for empathy, growth and reflection. We invite gamers, interactive designers, health care professionals and entrepreneurs to discuss with us how designers can include white-label health interventions in their games to build emotional resilience through play.

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Michelle Hamilton-Page

Mgr Social & Mobile InnovationCentre for Addiction and Mental HealthMichelle is the Manager of social and mobile innovation at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto. She is responsible for developing, maintaining and evaluating strategies that engage target audiences... Read More →
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Miriam Verburg

Game designerBloom Digital MediaMiriam Verburg specializes in creating inspiring online and mobile products for children, youth & women, shaping experiences that help people feel good about themselves and the world. After 10 years experience in Montreal working as a program director... Read More →

Friday March 7, 2014 3:30pm - 4:30pm CST
Sheraton Austin, Capitol View South

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