March Speakers Social: Building Empathic Games

Saturday, March 22, 2014
6:00pm - 9:00pm

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This month, we’re featuring just one presentation at our monthly social—but it’s going to be a good one!

Have you ever fallen in love with a video game character? Wonder how those bonds between player and game work? Want to learn about ways to purposefully build games that have positive implications for mental health and inclusion?

Hear from some of the designers behind Long Story, a queer-positive dating game for pre-teens, fresh from a talk at SXSW!

Producer (and Jeuxly ’12 program participant!) Miriam Verburg, writer Renee Vrantsidis, and consultant Michelle Hamilton-Page (Center for Addiction and Mental Health) will explore how games can harness narrative, in harmony with mechanics, to make a deep impact on players.

Join us for a presentation and conversation on narrative and choice mechanics that call for empathy, growth and reflection. Whether you’re a game player, interactive designer, writer or health care professional, join us to discuss how games can build emotional resilience through play.

Long Story is a queer-positive dating game for pre-teens. Download it for iOS now!

About Our Speakers Socials

DMG Toronto holds monthly speaker socials—open to everyone—to expose the Toronto creative community to dames involved with creating games and game art in a wide variety of roles, from beginners just dipping their toes in to seasoned developers and designers; and to provide a platform for these participants to find encouragement, resources, and a venue for speaking about their work in a supportive and productive environment.

Would you like to present at an upcoming social? We’d love to have ya! Just drop us a line.


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