Designing for empathy, with Papo & Yo dev Minority Media

Some creators would rather avoid labels for their work, out of fear of being pigeonholed. But Vander Caballero, designer at Papo & Yo developer Minority Media, believes his style of games — the kind that are focused on the human condition — need a label in order to thrive… 
That recognition would come under the label of “empathy games,” a term that Caballerosuggested in a GDC 2014 talk.


In empathy games, the main experience is
driven by players’ desire to understand
and relate to the emotions of other
avatars or players…