Category Archives: Stories

‘Life Is Strange’ as a Lesson About Accepting the Past

Sometimes what developers put into their games is less important than what we take away. For instance, Dontnod Entertainment put a lot of thought into its portrayals of bullying, depression and suicidality into Life Is Strange, but that wasn’t what helped developer Jake Durasamy deal with his depression. In an article at The Sixth Axis, […]

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This Animated Short Explains the Dangers of Stigma Without Saying a Word

Mental health issues can be very isolating, and when you’re dealing with them alone, you might not have the words to explain what’s wrong. This video from animator Chara Bui wordlessly explains how difficult that experience can be, particularly when stigmatizing ideas of mental illness surround you — and how much it can help to […]

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In This Personal Video, ‘How to ADHD’ Tackles Medication Stigma

The decision to take (or not take) psychiatric medication shouldn’t be a controversial one. We should decide what’s best for our health with the help of our doctors, and that should be that. But stigma isn’t a rational thing, and a lot of people think that they know better than we do or our doctors […]

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This Illustrator is Creating an Alphabet of Mental Health Issues

Illustrator Sonaksha Iyengar is taking part in the 36 Days of Type project on Instagram this month, joining thousands of artists each bringing their own perspectives and styles to the letters of the alphabet. Iyengar has set herself an even greater challenge in the process: to communicate the struggle of coping with mental health issues. […]

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A Quick Guide to the Many Types of Mental Health Professionals

Do you know the difference between a psychiatrist, and psychologist, and a counselor? And if so, do you also know the difference between an LPC, LMFT, LCSW, PsyD, and all those other letters you might find following the names of therapists in Psychology Today’s directory? If you do, then our hats are off to you, […]

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Games Are Healing My Dumb Brain – How Bit Bash Gave One Artist a Community

In early September of 2014, I was standing outside of a Threadless warehouse with a friend that had invited me to Chicago’s newest indie games festival. This was Bit Bash’s first year, and it was aiming on creating a community-focused, inclusive space to showcase local and international games alike. I had no idea what to […]

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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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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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Autism & Empowerment: What Gaming Means to Me

The word “empowerment” is thrown around quite frequently in discussions surrounding identity and representation in media. Seeing or reading a positive and respectful depiction of one’s identity can have a tremendously beneficial impact on an individual, especially if said individual is from a marginalized community. That being said, what defines empowerment can mean different things to […]

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Building Empathy and Self-Healing: Game Development as an Awareness and Healing Tool

I’m tired and I don’t want to talk about it. Laying down on the sofa and scrolling around Netflix seems to be all I can do. Nonetheless, I can’t pick anything. All possible options look dull. Any physical movement seems like a waste of energy. I resign to watching the color white on the wall […]

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