(via Prom Week’s “Social Exchanges”)
I’ve been playing Prom Week, a project by UC Santa Cruz’s Expressive Intelligence Studio. Aside from the fact that it’s a game that appears to be for kids, it’s a nice way to represent the intricacies of social relationships and it might even be useful for teaching social skills. One interesting thing is that I immediately became so invested in a character’s social capital that I didn’t want to deviate from, or break, that character’s path to social success. But then again, after I accomplished a couple roles, I started to experiment with the types of “deviant” behavior the game could accomodate. I was pleasantly surprised. I might even play again!