New England Aquarium
WPI, in collaboration with the New England Aquarium, tasked the project team with creating a digital interactive experience about the North Atlantic right whale in order to evoke an empathetic response within players, provide knowledge about human actions hindering the species' recovery, and engage players through entertaining gameplay. Over a nine-week period, our team developed The Urban Whale, a prototype that aims to meet these requirements. In addition, the project team determined how The Urban Whale could be further developed into an aquarium exhibit or web-based game that would fulfill its original purpose, as well as how this project could serve as a template for a new genre of video game that evokes empathy for endangered species, provides educational content, and is fun to play.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Interactive Media and Game Development
Major Qualifying Project
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