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Wednesday, October 24 • 11:30am - 12:20pm
Sensitive Subjects in Serious Games

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Mature themes such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Sexual Trauma, Disordered Eating and Mental Illness are rarely explored in game narratives.

This talk aims to educate the audience on the importance of creating serious games, and how to handle games that explore sensitive subject matter.

To do this, Jean Leggett and Gabriella Lowgren will be speaking about the games they have worked on that deal in mature themes. Jean Leggett will cover the design of Charlaine Harris’ "Shakespeare's Landlord," a novel-to-game adaptation and how the development team designed narrative choices, events and characters to mindfully explore trauma, PTSD and character progression within the construct of a 2D mystery adventure game. While Gabriella Lowgren will be discussing Shrinking Pains, a free semi-autobiographical visual novel, and how the game was designed to foster further empathy and understanding for sufferers of anxiety and eating disorders.

Speakers
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Jean Leggett

CO-FOUNDER & CEO, ONE MORE STORY GAMES
Jean Leggett is the co-founder and CEO of One More Story Games.In addition to publishing seven serious games since 2014, One More Story Games has developed StoryStylus, a simplified authoring platform for amateur and professional writers to create, publish and market diverse narrative-based... Read More →
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Gabriella Lowgren

COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER, INFINITY PLUS TWO
Gabriella is a passionate Communications Manager who works at Infinity+2.She believes in building strong, safe communities and giving players the best experience possible in and out of game. On the side she likes to create indie games that promote empathy and understanding for mental... Read More →

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Wednesday October 24, 2018 11:30am - 12:20pm
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