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Video Game Rx: Narratives as Therapy

Kim Shashoua  |  Video Game Researcher, Therapist (MSWi), Grad Student, University of Texas at Arlington

Location: Room 3016, West Hall

Format: Session
Track: Game Narrative Summit
Vault Recording: Video

Narratives can have a powerful effect on players. This session explores some of the emotional and psychological benefits players may experience when playing games. Through a few simple mechanisms, popular games give players the chance to better understand their thoughts, gain skills and adopt new perspectives.


This presentation will outline the general framework underlying narratives' emotional and psychological benefits. In addition, the audience will also be given specific techniques to incorporate these principles into their own work.