Research Journal 2

Posted: 04/12/2012 in Games, Research

Bringing Emotions to Videogames

            The article takes a very in depth look at the ways emotions are evoked from videogames, and the future of emotions and videogames. A few revolutionary ideas are discussed in the article; one game developer talks of a realistic artificial intelligence in a game called Façade, where the player uses his voice to enter an argument between a married couple; another developer discusses a fighting game called Zen Warrior, in which the player is able to use a very powerful attack, but only when the player is in a “Zen-like state of inner calm”; the same developer discusses the idea of a horror game where ghosts could appear, or other events, based on how the player feels, instead of what the player does. The article also mentions a few stand-out games from an emotional standpoint: Final Fantasy, The Sims, and Ico. All of these games are somewhat breakthroughs in the gaming world, being the first few to draw real emotions from players. It mentions that Final Fantasy relied on almost film-like storytelling to get players involved in the story, while The Sims allowed players to insert their own emotional story through their Sims.

The article is from, and gets its information from true game developers, so it seems to be credible. The article was written very professionally, and doesn’t seem to lack much, if anything. It will definitely help me with my research paper, as it can help me to incorporate the future of videogames and emotions, instead of just discussing how they are now.


Loftus, Tom, and “Bringing Emotions to Video Games.” Msnbc Digital Network, 11 Oct. 2005. Web. 09 Apr. 2012. <;.

  1. I think is interesting that they are tying to play off emotions so much in video games. I think taking a deeper look into emotions provoked by video games when video games fist began as well.

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