So this late posted blog-post, is going to be about empathy games, which I personally don’t have a lot of experience with, but I am very intrigued by this genre of games. So typical subjects in empathy games can be depression, suicide, bullying or war just to name a few. So the empathy games makes the player see things in a different perspective, the purpose is to putt the player in a situation where he or she experiences how it’s like for other people who might struggle with some of the subjects I mentioned above. This can serve as a new way to create awareness around topics that might be hard to talk about, and even harder to understand for people who are not in these kinds of situations.
“The Syrian conflict has torn the country apart, leaving thousands dead and driving millions to flee their homes. Many seek refuge in neighbouring countries but others pay traffickers to take them to Europe – risking death, capture and deportation.”
“Syrian Journey” is a great example of these kind of games. “Syrian Journey” is about the Syrian conflict and it is created by BBC, with the intent to create awareness around the problem. The game takes the player to the refugee crisis in Syria, and it putts the player in real life dilemmas and situations that the refugees is facing during their journey to safety, the game is based of real.
I am a big fan of video games being used for other purposes than just entertainment, games as a platform to share information about a crisis like the “Syrian Journey” and using the platform to create more awareness is a great idea and it’s strange that it haven’t been a done earlier.