James Morgan

Document Type

Final Class Paper

Publication Date

Spring 5-21-2021


Empathy, Virtual Characters, Serious Games


Is it possible to empathize with virtual characters? Are game characters just a means for game and story progress or can we develop a strong emotional connection with them? In this research essay, I analysis This War of Mine, a game about surviving a worn torn city where food is limited, and the player must make difficult moral decisions survive. The player controls a small group of characters who all need to be feed, get enough sleep, may need medical care, and other human needs. To look how This War of Mine creates empathy for the virtual characters, I will analysis how humanized characters and difficult dilemmas encourage empathy.