Why Doki Doki Literature Club Explores Themes of Mental Health

Content warning: Discussion of suicide and self-harm; Spoilers for Doki Doki Literature Club

It’s hard to say much about Doki Doki Literature Club without spoiling some of its surprises. Suffice it to say that it’s not entirely the game you might expect from its anime aesthetic and dating sim feature list.

One of the more unexpected themes the game explores is how we can support the people we love when they’re dealing with mental health issues. In the video above, Video Game Story Time shares the history of the game and creator Dan Salvato’s interest in challenging the dating sim formula with these topics.

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