The Sidcourse Finds Novel Connections Between Games and Mental Health

Overviews of mental health and gaming are wonderful — they inspire people to talk about their own experiences, to create games on the subject, to push back against stigma. This video from Sidcourse is a particularly refreshing look at the subject, taking a few novel angles.

Night in the Woods, Dark Souls and Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands are all highlighted as Sid looks at games that give us the words to talk about our issues, games that immerse us in powerful journeys and games that provide us with shared experiences. He also gets into the issue of “hikikomori,” a Japanese word for people who embrace extreme social isolation, looking at the ways games can isolate us and the ways they can connect us.

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