Faculty Advisor

Farbrook, Joseph

Faculty Advisor

McWeeny, Jennifer

Faculty Advisor

Rich, Charles

Center

Boston, Massachusetts

Abstract

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.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2015

Major

Computer Science

Major

Interactive Media and Game Development

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Humanities and Arts

Advisor Department

Computer Science

Project Center

Boston, Massachusetts

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