Why Parasocial Relationships in Gaming Feel so Real

Why do we feel so much joy when a protagonist succeeds in accomplishing their goal? Why are we so upset when an NPC dies in the narrative of a game? While these characters aren’t real people, we cannot help but be emotionally attached to them. These feelings and conversations with our on-screen counterparts are called parasocial relationships. This panel and the panelists will discuss what “parasocial” means and how incredibly important they are to gamers and game developers alike.

Panelists

@ferchauda [Assistant Professor, Florida State University], @FusRoDoc [Assistant Professor, Appalachian State University], @stephanieorme [Lecturer, Suffolk University], @GregPerreault [Assistant Professor, Appalachian State University], @drkowert [Chief Scientific Officer, Kitsune Analytics]