Interpreting posts in empathic games: assumptions for a conceptual framework

  • Danilo Barros dos Santos Universidade Federal de Mato Grosso
  • Tânia Saraiva de Melo Pinheiro Universidade Federal do Ceará
  • Cristiano Maciel Universidade Federal de Mato Grosso
  • Kamila Rios Rodrigues Universidade de São Paulo
  • Eunice Pereira dos Santos Nunes Universidade Federal de Mato Grosso


Games are part of a profitable market, with constant innovations and new technologies to meet users' needs. The understanding of elements related to games is a challenge, especially empathic games, i.e., those that foster users' empathy. This category of games makes users think over delicate and moving themes. This study aims at human interpretations of different sorts of data from discussion forums on empathic games. To do so, we considered ratings of user comments analyzed in previous research with two games, “That Dragon, Cancer” and “Valiant Heart”, and we used an analysis tool. The data patterns allowed theories to emerge, and also allowed us to analyze users' profiles and comments, by reorganizing the previously proposed categories, but now based on assumptions of Grounded Theory. The methodological path points out ways in which the interpretation of the data proved to be useful for the future development of a conceptual framework for creating and evaluating this kind of game.
Palavras-chave: Digital games, Empathic games, Grounded Theory, Framework, Discussion forums
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DOS SANTOS, Danilo Barros; PINHEIRO, Tânia Saraiva de Melo; MACIEL, Cristiano; RODRIGUES, Kamila Rios; NUNES, Eunice Pereira dos Santos. Interpreting posts in empathic games: assumptions for a conceptual framework. In: SIMPÓSIO BRASILEIRO SOBRE FATORES HUMANOS EM SISTEMAS COMPUTACIONAIS (IHC), 14. , 2020, Evento Online. Anais [...]. Porto Alegre: Sociedade Brasileira de Computação, 2020 . p. 231-240.