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About The Game Narrative Lab
How can video game narratives increase empathy?
The Game Narrative Lab is a research and development space based at Kennesaw State
University that focuses on video game narratives and users' experiences. This lab
focuses on how game narratives can affect human behavior and communities.
The Game Narrative Lab serves three main functions: resources, writing, and research.
Resources: The lab allows students to access a variety of games, platforms, and resources on game
Writing: This lab provides a space for students to create their own game narratives. As a
group, members of this lab collaborate on the creation of an original game in a setting,
not unlike those found in professional game studios. We focus on games that promote
empathy and awareness of social issues.
Research: Through original video games created inside of the lab, we are trying to discover
how we can leverage the unique power of game narratives to let us see the world from
others’ perspectives to increase empathy, understanding, and equity in society. We
analyze the potential for fictional worlds to positively impact social attitudes via
the representation of characters who are discriminated against or are from minority
backgrounds. Experiencing narratives from a character’s first-person point of view
can promote positive, long-term impacts on society and can lead to increased empathy
for minorities, disenfranchised groups, and even environmental causes
Victoria Lagrange, Director
Assistant Professor of Game Narrative at Kennesaw State University