Feeling Feels: What strong emotional connections with video games mean for morally relevant gameplay


This paper explores the relationship between morally relevant gameplay and emotional responses to games by analyzing a series of responses by participants to the question of what games they had strong emotional responses to (and why). It uses the appraisal theory of emotion and emotional gameplay theory as a basis to understand the aspects of games that elicit emotion, and analyses the games they appear in according to Sicart’s morally relevant gameplay framework in order to determine whether there is a relationship between the two aspects, and, if so, what general lessons can be learned about elicitation of emotional responses in game players.

Turin, Italy