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Weekly INT Boost – Ready for the Weekend

Welcome to our roundup of the best mental health and gaming articles you might have missed. This week, we have reflections on Stardew Valley, the friends we make in fiction, and many ways to approach mental health apps. A year in Stardew Valley: life, labour and love “I’m eighteen years old and everybody I know […]

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Need to Relocate Your Creativity? This Talk May Help

Many of us in the video game world are creative people — developers, writers, artists, and creators of all kinds. Many of us are also familiar with depression, anxiety, mental health issues and creative blocks. This talk from industry veteran Bob Bates may help if you’re dealing with the latter, even if it’s caused by […]

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Help a Sad Boy Escape Anhedonia in Upcoming VR Experience ‘Hue’

“Some days, life is blaring with bawdy and bright banderoles. Other days, it can be a little more pasty and pallid. Hue, our protagonist, has had his ups and downs like any of us, but lately the grays have overshadowed the greens and roses has lost their luster. If Hue could remember what the blues […]

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How Therapy Helped a Reporter With His Witcher 3 Romances

Therapy can bring with it all kinds of surprises. For games reporter Nathan Grayson, one of those surprises was that the same issues that were complicating his relationships were also complicating his video game playthroughs. For Valentine’s Day, Grayson bared his heart to Kotaku readers, delving into the ways he sabotaged a recent romantic relationship. […]

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This Light-Based Game Will Help Kids With Autism Connect

The Tovertafel Unique is a gaming system most of us aren’t ever likely to have in our collections — gamers aren’t the intended audience for its hardware or its software. It’s a large projector that’s mounted over a perfectly ordinary table that acts as a play surface. Since the Tovertafel (Dutch for “magic table”) can […]

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Work Hard, a Comic By Shing Yin Khor

Artist Shing Yin Khor shares this personal comic, which explores the pain of tying your identity into something that’s not entirely within your control — especially on bad days. You can find the original at Shing’s website. [Shing Yin Khor]

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Check Out This Clever DIY Mood Tracker

We’re big fans of mood tracking here at Take This. It’s a habit we encouraged thousands of Habitica users to take up last year, because knowing your moods is the first step in a journey to understanding and improving them. There are a lot of ways to keep track, including journals, apps and spreadsheets. But […]

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’29’ Explores the Anxiety That Keeps Us Safely Trapped at Home

Writing for Waypoint, Lewis Gordon shares the story of ’29,’ an upcoming indie game that explores the reality and surreality of the end of college life, living with roommates, and coping with social anxiety. “For me, my time at uni was the most that had ever gone on in my life. The fact that it […]

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Join the Fight Against Mental Health Stigma – Volunteer With Us at PAX East

If you believe in fighting for mental health awareness, come join us at PAX East! We’ll be there, thanks to our wonderful supporters, and we need your help. We’re looking for more people to join the wonderful volunteers at our booth and in the AFK Room. Volunteers at our booth can spread word of the […]

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Weekly INT Boost – One Down, Six to Go

Welcome to our roundup of the best mental health-related articles you may have missed. This week we have a look at the people trying to improve depictions in the media, thoughts on why we constantly check our phones, and — oh yeah — coverage of our AFK Room crowdfunding campaign! Mental health group aims to […]

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