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Wednesday, August 17 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Soteria – Teaching Strategies to Overcome Anxiety

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Soteria – Dreams as Currency (SDC) is a metaphorical, single-player, 3D adventure game intended to promote players’ readiness to use psycho-therapeutically proven yet counter-intuitive strategies to overcome general anxiety disorder. It is based on the research of Anxiety Treatment Center founder Prof. Reid Wilson and serves to communicate principles of anxiety treatment in a way that enables embodied learning and experiential understanding. The design leverages a “recursive learning” approach (Mitgutsch & Weise 2011) that subverts player expectations and promotes the insight that to overcome fear, one must “move towards it”. This presentation is an in-depth analysis of how we harnessed rules, mechanics, narrative, and metaphor to model anxiety behavior, dismantle it as unproductive and then introduce new, productive strategies to respond to fear in order to claim one’s dreams and live a full life.

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Doris Rusch

Chicago, IL, USA, DePaul University
The human condition is extremely fascinating to me: what makes us tick? What's the spectrum of our emotions? How do we make sense of our experiences and share them with others? Games are a great medium to create shared experiences related to the human condition. One of my main areas of exploration related to that are mental health issues and the use of metaphors to make abstract ideas tangible. I made a few metaphorical games about addiction... Read More →

Wednesday August 17, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Marquee Union South

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