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[This unedited press release is made available courtesy of Gamasutra and its partnership with notable game PR-related resource Games Press.]

A jury of prestigious professionals will give prizes to reward the most emotional video games. The Emotional Games Awards are organized by Erik Geslin and Laval 3D Interactive, the Video Games and Interactive Media Department of the University UCO Laval.

Rewarding emotions in video games

The main purpose of this ceremony is to promote and reward video games which bring on the most emotions in the players. Despite a wide variety of themes and categories, video games rarely induce an emotional state strong enough to move the player to tears. Unlike various media such as cinema, TV shows or litterature. Video games causing rich and complex emotions (empathy, compassion, sadness, love) will be rewarded.

Numerous awards awarded by a prestigious jury

Numerous awards will be given by a jury of professionals from some of the biggest studios worldwide (Ubisoft Canada, Rockstar Games, Ubisoft Montpellier, Frima Studio ...) to games wich most succesfully bring about emotions in the players

Other events : the Emotional Game Jam and the Retro Games After Party

Alongside the awards there will be a 40 hours long Game Jam based on the theme of emotions. Like the Awards ceremony, the Game Jam will be live streamed online. The Game Jam will allow developpers, game designer students and amateurs to experiment their ideas of emotional games.

An “after” whose theme  will be retro games will take place Friday evening.

About Erik Geslin and Laval 3Di

Dr Erik Geslin is a video game and virtual reality expert : UX and Emotional design for video game studios. He is also a researcher and director of studies at Laval 3Di and teacher at Arts et Métier ParisTech.

His career, both academic and in the gaming industry, brought him to complete a thesis about “Methods of the induction of Emotions in Virtual Environments and Video Games”

His favourite theme, emotions in video games, made him create the Emotional Game Awards.

The Laval 3Di program specializes in video games and creating interactive media. The UCO Laval offers  a Bachelor’s degree in computer graphics and interactive media, and a professional Bachelor’s degree in real-time 3D computer graphics. Arts&Métiers ParisTech Laval offers a Masters in Virtual engineering and innovation and has a Ph.D program.

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Clélia Motte - [email protected] - + 33 6 76 83 52 32

Pierre Quéru - [email protected] - + 33 6 47 62 43 26