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Portraying Empathy In Character Design
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Game Design.
2015 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis [Artistic work]
Abstract [en]

This thesis examines possible improvement in evoking empathy through character design. The method used is research by design, by gathering information about emotions, emotional- and character design, and applying it during the design phase, two new characters were created based on an existing game character. The evaluation was done through a survey which concluded that the re-designed characters ability in evoking empathy was significantly stronger than the original characters. The characters ability in evoking empathy improved because they were more distinct when it came to expressing emotions through facial features and body language.

Abstract [sv]

Det här arbetet undersöker möjliga förbättringar att väcka empati genom karaktärsdesign. Metoden som används är forskning genom design, genom att samla information om emotioner, emotionell- och karaktärsdesign, och applicera det under design fasen, två nya karaktärer är skapta baserat på en existerande spel karaktär. Utvärderingen görs med hjälp av en undersökning vars slutsats är att de nya karaktärernas förmåga att väcka empati ökade drastiskt till skillnad från original karaktären. Detta var huvudsakligen på grund av deras tydligare ansiktsuttryck och kroppspråk.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. , 47 p.
Keyword [en]
Emotions, Empathy, Emotional Design, Character Design, Gender
Keyword [sv]
Känslor, Empati, Emotionell Design, Karaktärsdesign, kön
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Human Computer Interaction
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-258216OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-258216DiVA: diva2:841242
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Game Design and Graphics
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Available from: 2015-07-13 Created: 2015-07-11 Last updated: 2015-07-13Bibliographically approved

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