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Weekly INT Boost: Compassion in Gaming

Welcome to our roundup of the best health and gaming stories you may have missed. This week, we have two great pieces from Kotaku about compassion in our community, a look at how Pokemon Go players compare to the rest of the world, and some serious reflection on the hottest Netflix series of the moment. […]

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Help Us Bring Color to Mental Health Awareness Month

If you’ve ever visited one of our AFK Rooms, you know we keep them well-stocked with coloring books. The act of coloring can be grounding; it can be a temporary distraction from the noise and crowds of a busy convention; it can make people more comfortable taking the time they need. So in celebration of […]

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How Owlboy Makes Needing Others a Virtue

Games are full of power fantasies, stories about personal glory and success in the face of every challenge. When you’re dealing with serious mental health issues, chronic illness or disabilities, those can ring hollow. When daily life feels almost insurmountable, saving the world is a pretty big ask. Owlboy is one of the rare games […]

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You Can Play Impostor Syndrome in Video Game Form

This month, Squinky released the sequel to their amazing stop-motion game Dominique Pamplemousse in “It’s All Over Once The Fat Lady Sings!.” We’re looking further back, though — all the way to 2013, when they released a game simply called Impostor Syndrome. You can find the full story of the game’s creation on Squinky’s website, […]

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3 Games That Do Mental Illness Well

Looking for a great rundown of the state of mental health in games? In this video, GameSpot’s Jess McDonnell lays out some games that take a nuanced look at mental health issues, including The Cat Lady, Town of Light and Actual Sunlight. If you’re interested in more games that deal with mental health issues, check […]

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Sci-Fi Author Max Gladstone Shares His Public Speaking Secret

Public speaking is a nightmare for a lot of people, and anxiety doesn’t make it any easier. Talking to a professional can help, particularly if panic enters into it, but some people have found their own tricks for getting past the fear. Max Gladstone, author of The Craft Sequence, recently shared his own technique on […]

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How Reddit Users Coping With Psychosis Inspired Hellblade’s Creators

Ever found yourself twenty threads deep in some topic on Reddit that you didn’t even know you were interested in? Sure, it doesn’t seem like a productive habit, but as Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice’s creative director Tameem Antoniades explains in this Game Informer interview, inspiration can come from anywhere. It was one of those Reddit rabbit […]

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Weekly INT Boost – Much Ado About Science

Welcome to our roundup of the best mental health articles you may have missed. This week, we have fascinating studies about social media use, breathing, and machine learning. We have bujo layouts. We have thoughts on S-Town. And we have bunnies. A New, More Rigorous Study Confirms: The More You Use Facebook, the Worse You […]

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‘Depression & Dragons’ Is a New Podcast About the Healing Power of Tabletop RPGs

Have room in your life for a new podcast? If so, you might want to check out Depression & Dragons, a new podcast that seems tailor-made for anyone interested in mental health and gaming. There are only three episodes available so far, and it’s surprisingly hard to pin down its format. The first episode, Genesis, […]

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‘Anamorphine’ Is Looking Gorgeous and Dark

Anamorphine is an upcoming game that tells a story about the effects of trauma in a strikingly visual way. Its creators promise no dialogue or direct interactions — just exploration in strange, fascinating environments like the ones in this recent teaser. According to its creators at Artifact 5, its a game about confronting the past, […]

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