Emotions with Friends is an educational game to support children and teachers in classroom activities relating to the demonstration and recognition of emotions and social cues.
The game combines the fun of playing with virtual characters and discovering a range of different emotional and social expressions. The game is intended to be used in a class room environment as an aid for discussions surrounding facial expressions and other social signals, in addition to enriching the emotion vocabulary of students. It also enables teachers and students to construct their own sequences of facial expressions for others to view and play.
Emotions with Friends has been built using a software kit specalised for aiding in the development of social demonstration games that utilise sophisticated 3D computer characters. The kit represents initial steps towards opening the creation of 3D social games to those with limited technical skills and resources.
More details are available in the following ProsocialLearn publications:
“D4.7 – 1st Expressive Virtual Characters”, ProsocialLearn, July 2016
“Expressive Virtual Characters for Social Demonstration Games”, F. Yang, C. Li, R. Palmberg, E.V. Van der Heide, C. Peters, Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Virtual Worlds and Games for Serious Applications (VS-Games 2017), Athens, Greece, September 2017