These are some screen drafts I’ve designed for a visual novel game prototype. Developed in Ren’py engine, the game was part of a research project that had as a goal a better understanding on how to engage players with moral dilemmas and ethical decisions throughout the game’s choices and the narrative pieces connected to them.
In this narrative, players receive an offer to be a partner in a paparazzi agency, in which the job is to hire and manage the paparazzi tasks. The moral and ethical issues are exposed while the paparazzi are performing the assignment. Discuss the tenue line of relevant information and gossip is the main part of a paparazzi job. Therefore, how would you perform it? Would you choose to expose or do not expose people? How harmful a photo may be to someone?
As a product of this research, a paper was presented in the International Communication Association (ICA) 2018, in Prague. In addition, the game was exhibited in the Meaningful Play Conference, Michigan 2018.