(1) "In empathy games, the main experience is driven by players' desire to understand and relate to the emotions of other avatars or players."
SOURCE: Vander Caballero, lead designer of Papo & Yo
(2) "These videogames aspire to enhance a player’s understanding of an outside perspective, particularly those pertaining to real-world struggles and inequalities, through interactive experiences."
EXAMPLES OF EMPATHY GAMES
That Dragon Cancer
Papo & Yo
This War of Mine
The term was first suggested by Vander Caballero, lead designer of Papo & Yo in his 2014 GDC talk. LINK: Empathetic Games are Here to
Christian Fonnesbech. Nov. 24, 2017