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‘She Remembered Caterpillars’ Wants Us to Open Up About Loss and Grief

A game parents can use to talk to their kids about mortality brings to mind a certain gentle sort of game, one that alights on the subject then flits away to safety. IGF finalist She Remembered Caterpillars takes a different approach. It works with a narrative that cuts deep, and an adorable surface that doesn’t […]

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Husk is an Upcoming Horror Game About the Echoes of Abuse

If you’re a fan of the way the Silent Hill series explored the ghosts of its protagonists’ pasts, you might want to keep an eye on Husk. It promises to be a first-person narrative horror game very much in the vein of Keiichiro Toyama’s disturbing classic. According to its creators, it will offer a “down-to-earth […]

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Don’t Miss This Talk About Developing Games While Depressed

Way back at GDC 2011, game developer Michael Todd (Electronic Super Joy) stood up to talk about depression and game development. Haven’t seen it? Luckily, it’s still available for free in the GDC Vault. If you’re a game developer who copes with depression, you should definitely give it a watch — especially if you work […]

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Weekly INT Boost – A Cure for the Common Backlog

Welcome to our roundup of the best mental health and gaming articles you may have missed. This week, Unwinnable shares a new way to cope with our growing game backlogs, research tells us that drinking with PTSD may be a particularly bad combination, and there’s much more, too — including a motivational kitten. Falling Happily […]

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“Trapped Fish” Says a Lot About Loneliness

“Trapped Fish” was created by designer Yuwei Qiu as a senior capstone project at Washington University. Qui describes it as an autobiographical work on homesickness, but anyone who’s ever been alone in a crowd will probably find many of its evocative scenes familiar.

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A Beautiful Look at the Isolation of Depression and Anxiety

http://mareliini.tumblr.com/post/153139394292/a-comic-about-stuff Depression and anxiety aren’t often beautiful experiences, and this comic doesn’t pretend otherwise — but it sure does a gorgeous job of portraying the isolation so often inherent in those two very different mental health issues. It was created by Mareliini, a Finnish artist and comic creator. You can find more of their work […]

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How Games Made a Difference for One Person with Tourette Syndrome

There’s a growing push to use video games to treat mental health issues of all sorts, with research supporting those efforts on many fronts. Whether we can gameify depression or anxiety treatment remains to be seen, but treatments of some disorders already include game-like experiences. PTSD can be helped with virtual reality therapy and Tetris, […]

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This Video Gets to the Heart of Mental Health Stigma

A big part of the Take This mission is fighting mental health stigma both in the gaming community and beyond it. For us, that means a lot of things, including creating a platform to educate and inform people about mental health issues, encouraging people to tell their stories so others feel less alone and helping […]

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Eurogamer Calls for Less Anger in Gaming This Year

Remember when being angry about games usually meant throwing your controller because that one boss fight was just so cheap? Now, we’re angry at each other. Ever year, a few more games and people in gaming wind up on the list of those-who-must-not-be-named, the ones whose names will spark a vicious fight in the comments […]

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How to Help Us Support Devs and Gamers at PAX South

PAX South is just a few weeks away. Are you going to be there, or will you be in the San Antonio area on January 27-29? Want to help our mission to fight stigma in the gaming community and make the convention a better time for attendees with mental health issues? Come help us out! […]

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