This event has ended. Create your own event on Sched.
PLEASE NOTE: This page is only used to display the G4C Virtual Festival Schedule in Eastern Time (GMT -5:00). Do not register using SCHED for workshops or the G4C Virtual Festival. Instead, please navigate to the following:

REGISTER TODAY for G4C Workshop Week (July 6-10)
CLICK HERE to register for the G4C Virtual Festival! (July 12-14)

Back To Schedule
Monday, July 12 • 4:20pm - 4:40pm
Do No Harm: Ethically Designing Emotionally Heavy Games

Log in to save this to your schedule, view media, leave feedback and see who's attending!

There is no topic games can't tackle, but when game content intentionally evokes intense emotional experiences game developers have a duty to minimize harm. Whether a game explores vulnerable populations or discusses topics traditionally considered stigmatized (i.e. mental illness) or traumatic (i.e. assault), game designers must actively do right by the player. In this talk, clinical psychologist and professor of game design Dr. Kelli Dunlap adapts psychological ethical standards to create guidelines for game designers working on emotionally heavy content.

avatar for Kelli Dunlap

Kelli Dunlap

Psychologist, American University
Kelli Dunlap, PsyD, is a clinical psychologist and game designer. She works full-time as a therapist practicing in Maryland and teaches each Spring and Fall as adjunct professor of game design at American University’s Game Lab. Kelli is the community manager for Take This, a games-focused... Read More →

Monday July 12, 2021 4:20pm - 4:40pm EDT