Month: February 2018

The Games that Guide Us – Persona and Empathy

It can be said that the stories that we experience are one of the primary things that allow us to grow as humans, because they let us experience things that are outside of our direct base of knowledge. This is the reason I think that video games can be a very important narrative tool. When playing a narrative-driven video game, not only is the player reading about an experience, that player is directly involved in interacting with the experience. The best games, then, are the ones that can craft a narrative that is personally and directly relevant to a subject and can give a player insight into other experiences and points of view.

It is fitting, then, that one of the first articles that I write about this is on the subject of empathy. It is widely theorized that people achieve a greater sense of empathy with others when they have read stories told from other viewpoints. Empathy, as a trait, can be defined in this sense as the ability to care what is happening to another person to such an extent as to be able to emotionally connect to that person and relate to what they are going through oneself. Empathy for others is a large part of how humans have connected to each other throughout history; if one individual can know even a part of the pain of another, that individual becomes more invested in the removal or prevention of that pain, after all.

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Opening Turn Podcast – Episode 1: So What is this LARP Thing, Anyway?

Hey there!

So, about a month ago, I was invited by my friend Riley Seaman to be on his panel at PAX South! The topic was live action roleplaying (LARPing), and being both a roleplaying afficionado and someone who has, I dunno, an entire website where I analyze plot and character development in various games, I decided to contribute my knowledge on what makes a good character, world, and overall plot. The panel went over really well, though the truly unfortunate thing was that we had so much to talk about that we really only got to cover a very high-level overview of each topic.

If only there were some way we could talk in depth about all of the things we had to just skim over!

Oh wait, the internet exists, and so do recording devices.

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