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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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Take Control of Your Time With These Scheduling Tips

Time management is a challenge for a lot of us. If you have ADHD, you’re probably dealing with a whole lot of executive function impairments that make time management a challenge — at best. Organization and time management can also be difficult for folks with autism spectrum disorder. When you’re depressed or dealing with chronic […]

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This Comic Reminds Us that Mental Health and Happiness Are Not Synonymous

http://thisishangingrockcomics.tumblr.com/post/114450083173/just-a-quick-sloppy-little-thing-cause-i-met-with Taylor-Ruth is an artist who shares her comics, poems and other work on Tumblr. Here, she offers us a good reminder that while health and happiness are both worth working toward, they are not always the same goal.

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Don’t Miss This Talk About Developing Games While Depressed

Way back at GDC 2011, game developer Michael Todd (Electronic Super Joy) stood up to talk about depression and game development. Haven’t seen it? Luckily, it’s still available for free in the GDC Vault. If you’re a game developer who copes with depression, you should definitely give it a watch — especially if you work […]

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A Beautiful Look at the Isolation of Depression and Anxiety

http://mareliini.tumblr.com/post/153139394292/a-comic-about-stuff Depression and anxiety aren’t often beautiful experiences, and this comic doesn’t pretend otherwise — but it sure does a gorgeous job of portraying the isolation so often inherent in those two very different mental health issues. It was created by Mareliini, a Finnish artist and comic creator. You can find more of their work […]

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This Video Gets to the Heart of Mental Health Stigma

A big part of the Take This mission is fighting mental health stigma both in the gaming community and beyond it. For us, that means a lot of things, including creating a platform to educate and inform people about mental health issues, encouraging people to tell their stories so others feel less alone and helping […]

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