Companionship games: a framework for emotionally engaging and empathetic interactive characters

Alice Bowman*

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Abstract

1 in 2 people are diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime, and for those living with cancer loneliness and isolation are significant problems. This paper discusses the development of a virtual cancer support group, using the support group format to offer a companionship game to breast cancer patients. Seven characters populate this support group, designed as empathetic virtual agents. Interviews and playtests will assess the effectiveness of the design practice developed, and these learnings will be used to create a design framework for emotionally engaging and empathetic interactive characters.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInteractive storytelling
Subtitle of host publication12th International Conference on Interactive Digital Storytelling, ICIDS 2019, Little Cottonwood Canyon, UT, USA, November 19–22, 2019, Proceedings
EditorsRogelio E. Cardona-Rivera, Anne Sullivan, R. Michael Young
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherSpringer
Pages413-417
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9783030338947
ISBN (Print)9783030338930
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 26 Oct 2019
Event12th International Conference on Interactive Digital Storytelling, ICIDS 2019 - Salt Lake City, United States
Duration: 19 Nov 201922 Nov 2019

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume11869 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349

Conference

Conference12th International Conference on Interactive Digital Storytelling, ICIDS 2019
CountryUnited States
CitySalt Lake City
Period19/11/1922/11/19

Cite this

Bowman, A. (2019). Companionship games: a framework for emotionally engaging and empathetic interactive characters. In R. E. Cardona-Rivera, A. Sullivan, & R. M. Young (Eds.), Interactive storytelling: 12th International Conference on Interactive Digital Storytelling, ICIDS 2019, Little Cottonwood Canyon, UT, USA, November 19–22, 2019, Proceedings (pp. 413-417). (Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics); Vol. 11869 LNCS). Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-33894-7_44