Category Archives: Stories

Beating Back Depression With Bloodborne

Bloodborne is a hopeless, dark pit of a game that punishes players at every turn — which is exactly why IGN’s Max Scoville says it helped him get through a period of depression. In this episode of Up at Noon, Scoville opens up about some of his mental health struggles, reminding viewers that they’re not […]

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First Episodes of CheckPoint Series Introduce Mental Health and Therapy

The wait is over: the CheckPoint Series is here. Our friends at CheckPoint, led by Dr. Jennifer Hazel, have released the first episodes of a web series that covers mental health and its impact in the video game industry. CheckPoint is an Australian non-profit that advocates for mental health in the video game industry, much […]

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The Power of Music

In 2002, shortly after I came out of the closet and life as I knew it was falling apart, I was driving home up a twisting, wooded, two-lane, mountainous highway. I was feeling lost, alone, and pointless. I began to drive about 80 mph and became aware of how easy it would be to simply […]

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Captain America Shares His Secret For Silencing Anxiety

Chris Evans hasn’t been quiet about his “noisy brain.” Anxiety is a long-standing issue for him, one he’s spoken to Rolling Stone about — and one that almost cost him his career-defining role. He recently tweeted this interview from Motivation Monday addressing that very experience. “Normally you do movies one at a time and if […]

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Feeling Those Winter Blues? Catch Up on the Science of SAD

If you’re prone to depression during the darker months of the year, you’re probably aware of — or diagnosed with — Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), a mood disorder that comes and goes or worsens with the seasons. You may also have heard that SAD “doesn’t exist,” which can be a frustrating thing to hear when […]

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Rick and Morty’s Creator Offers Wise Words About Depression

Dan Harmon has created some of the best geeky TV shows around, including “Rick and Morty,” “HarmonQuest,” and “Community.” Known for his shows’ often incisive humor, he certainly doesn’t shy away from getting serious when the situation calls for it. Case in point: Last week, one of Harmon’s Twitter followers reached out to ask him […]

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This TED Talk Makes a Powerful Argument Against Silence

Talking about our own mental health issues is a personal choice, one that isn’t right for everyone. But as producer and activist Nikki Webber Allen explores in this TED Residency talk, sharing your story can be even more powerful when you’re a member of a marginalized community where mental health stigma is especially strong. It […]

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Let Tanya X Short Teach You How to Make Games and Meet Deadlines Without Burning Out

Every year, indie developers get together to close out GDC by sharing their hard-earned expertise. The talks are always fantastic, and this year is no exception. Ta You can watch all ten talks in the video above, but let us draw your attention to one in particular: Tanya X. Short’s talk on meeting hard deadlines […]

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Here’s a Quick Productivity Hack for Perfectionists

Perfectionism is often touted as a good thing — a drive that keeps us striving harder for better results. But as anyone who’s struggled with perfectionism knows, it’s often more likely to be crushing to productivity. It inspires procrastination, it goes hand in hand with anxiety and other mental health issues, and it’s even closely […]

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Feeling Those Post-Con Blues? You’re Not Alone

If you just got back from PAX Aus and you’re feeling a bit down, don’t worry — you’re far from alone. A lot of us come back from big events feeling off in ways that can’t be solely attributed to too much walking, too much junk food, and not nearly enough water or sleep. Gizmodo […]

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