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What Cats Can Teach You About Empathic Game Design


Empathic design allows you to experience what your end user experiences, and its application is growing in popularity. A user can only articulate so much, so spending a moment to understand them can vastly improve the quality of your games. Who better to teach you that ability other than the humble house cat?Making games for cats is extremely challenging. They cannot communicate, and most of the time will want nothing to do with whatever you need them to do. But it turns out that, just like any human user, you can put yourself in their shoes, or paws, if you will. Cats have a few quirks that once understood, can be overcome to make engaging experiences for an animal that would otherwise not care.

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