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How Jagex is Tackling Mental Health in the Studio

Game development culture and mental wellbeing don’t often go together, but some studios and developers are trying to change that. Writing for GamesIndustry.biz, Jagex’s Rich Eddy explains why his company is pledging to make a mentally healthy workplace and what steps Jagex has taken so far. “We have a long-term commitment to support the mental […]

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Weekly INT Boost – Back to the Classics

Welcome to our roundup of the best mental health and gaming stories you may have missed. This week, an indie classic arrives on mobile, Waypoint looks back at a fantastic game, and Buffy opens up about mental health. How ‘Papo & Yo’ Shined a Light on Alcoholism and Mental Health “‘The difference with movies and […]

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EVE Players Stage a Mental Health Vigil in Honor of Fallen Friends

EVE Online is a game known for combat, betrayal and strife, but every year on April 29, many of its players come together for a day to support each other and remember those they’ve lost. Hosted by the Brave Collective alliance, John Bellicose Day is a 24-hour vigil named in honor of a character played […]

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‘The Mirror’ Tackles Body Image Issues in RPG Terms

Body image is a complicated issue for a lot of us — what the mirror shows us is rarely what we wish we could see, and sometimes has little to do with reality. That dissonance between reflection and reality is the inspiration for The Mirror, a game by developer Kim McAuliffe. In classic text-adventure style, […]

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‘Separation’ Will Offer Solitude in a World of Social Games

Social games are wonderful, particularly when they help us connect — but sometimes, everyone needs a break from being social. One developer is questioning why VR devs are pushing so hard to build social games when the platform is perfect for healthy isolation. Martin Wheeler of Recluse Industries spoke to GamesIndustry.biz about the studio’s upcoming […]

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A UK Media Company Bans After-Hour Emails for its Employees’ Mental Health

As part of a Wellness Month initiative, Carat, a UK media company, is banning after-hours emails. Managing director Matthew Landeman explains the move: We are mobile and connected 24/7 so it is becoming more and more ‘normal’ to send communications to each other well outside of reasonable working hours and people often feel under pressure […]

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James of No Trades Finds (Dark) Humor in Depression

Enjoy the occasional laugh at your depression or anxiety’s expense? Head on over to James of No Trades. Artist James Regan tackles mental health with a good helping of cynicism for those days when you’re full up on inspiration. He nails the way humor can still thrive when you’re depressed. http://jamesfregan.tumblr.com/post/158890497385 He knows exactly how […]

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Helping Friends With Empathy Over Sympathy

The Power of Empathy from Gobblynne on Vimeo. A few months back, Doctor B wrote about the challenge of helping friends who are depressed for Geek & Sundry. He highlighted the importance of connecting and trying to understand without trying to solve someone’s problems. That’s what Dr. Brené Brown talks about in this segment of […]

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VR Devs Offer a Classic Solution for Player Harassment

Virtual reality is an exciting new frontier for game developers, but along with the good, they’re finding plenty of bad. Surprising no one, harassment is a problem in VR. We’re still feeling out the limits of personal space in VR, but users agree: encounters with abusive users can be viscerally upsetting (cw: sexual harassment). So […]

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Guardians of the Galaxy 2 Director Talks Mental Health and Misfits

It’s safe to say Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 opened well. At $145 million on its first weekend, it falls within the top 20 opening weekends of all time. Not a bad start for the second outing of a space-faring band of misfits. Writer and director James Gunn was quick to celebrate with a […]

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