Complete Your Mission
As a marooned robot explorer on a distant planet, you must engage with the local aliens in order to repair your internal systems and send a message to Earth. To communicate with the aliens you must first understand their emotional cues and earn their trust with positive social interactions. Beware of obstacles and use defensive tactics against dangerous life forms to avoid certain destruction.
A Collaborative Effort
A team of researchers and game designers led by Dr. Constance Steinkuehler and Dr. Richard Davidson developed Crystals of Kaydor from the ground up aimed at teaching children prosocial behaviors, including recognizing others' emotions. Teaming up with Games+Learning+Society, the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds and Learning Games Network , the group developed a new approach to gauge children's ability to learn these behaviors while engaging in an entertaining video game.
Davidson and Steinkuehler review an early version of Crystals of Kaydor with Buddhist Monk Matthieu Ricard.