OASIS Lunch Time Talks: Thoughts on Existential, Transformative Game Design

Dr. Doris C. Rusch is a game designer / researcher who holds a position as Senior Lecturer in Game Design at Uppsala University. Her games have won numerous awards and she authored Making Deep Games (Taylor & Francis 2017).

This talk explores how we can design games that contribute to a meaningful life. It draws on the main goals of existential psychotherapy and discusses how they can inspire game experience goals. It then makes an argument for the function of myth as a way to orient us towards our Existence and proposes strategies for game designers to create new, playable mythologies. It thereby introduces the concept of “psychological resonance” as the essence of transformation which is voluntary and uncoerced.

OASIS Lunch Time Talks is a series of lectures on current research by fascinating scholars from near and far. The event is free and open to all, welcome!



OASIS & Centre of Excellence in Game Culture Studies

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