This week I would like to talk about empathy in games. Empathy in games is something I have never thought about a lot before we talked about this is last weeks lecture.
In my opinion it’s just games. It’s not real, so why have empathy. For example in games where you kill or hurt people. They are not real, so why even care? But afte my friend Rikke presented a game called Hellblade, it really got me thinking. The game is about a girl who suffers from mental illness and hear voices. Her innerbattle. She doesn’t know what it is and calls herself “cursed”, which is it not. She hears voices who tell her negative things about her, like she can’t do stuff and so on. They are pressing her down and making her feel worse. So after Rikke was done with her presentation I felt like maybe I want to play this game, to know what it is to struggle with mental illness. Now a days it’s really common and probably more than we know about. I can’t relate to that because I don’t know what it’s like. Hellblade got a lot of feedback that people know understand what is like, and people who are suffering from mental illness feels like they are not alone after playing this game.. Maybe I will give it a shot.
Later we also played games in class. I chose to play a game about beeing a refugee from Syria trying to make my way to Europe. I thought it would be easy. But how wrong was I? It was really difficult. There was a lot of decisions to make, difficult ones. I had to play it many times until I got to Europe. I was really not aware that it was so difficult to be a refugee. I knew it was hard, but since I have never been one, it’s hard to put yourself in that position. And I know that game can’t really make you experience exactly what it feels like to one, but it gives you some insight. Just by playing that game, I feel like I understand it much better know, and I can actually sympathize with refugees know. It is really hard. Even if you get to Europe (which you only will do if you are lucky), it’s not guarenteed that your family will. Refugees are tough ass people! Respect!