Creating a Virtual Support Group in an Interactive Narrative: A Companionship Game for Cancer Patients

  • Alice BowmanEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 11318)


Over one in five cancer patients are affected by feelings of loneliness [1]. This paper proposes a text-based game aimed at affected cancer patients, in which the player develops relationships with non-player characters in the context of a fictitious cancer support group. This would be designed with the aim of alleviating patient loneliness and fostering a sense of companionship. This work is part of an interdisciplinary project led by Abertay University and partnered with Macmillan Cancer Support, exploring the ways in which interactive storytelling can be used to support cancer patients. The game’s narrative and characters will be designed drawing on real patient experiences gathered in interviews. The game will go through several iterations of feedback and rewriting in response to focus groups held with patients and healthcare professionals.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Abertay UniversityDundeeUK

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