Category Archives: Video Games

Breath of The Wild NPC is Ready to Talk Link Down in a Crisis

Brigo encounter via IGN Nintendo’s Breath of the Wild is a gorgeous, sprawling game, but don’t let it’s size fool you — it’s filled with tiny, clever touches that are making players stop and take notice. Take Brigo, here. Brigo is an NPC guard that hangs around a bridge. His job, he’ll happily explain, is […]

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Take Up the Role of a Depressed Young Man in Upcoming RPG Heartbound

From the first moments of Heartbound’s demo, you can tell that all isn’t right with Lore, its protagonist. He’s no Chrono, leaping out of bed and eager to join the day’s adventures. He drags himself out of bed in the darkness, pulls on a hoodie and heads out with all the enthusiasm of the condemned […]

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‘Please Knock On My Door’ Will Simulate One Man’s Experience of Depression

Last year, we got a glimpse of Please Knock on My Door, which looks like a compelling, personal take on living with depression. At GDC, Engadget had a hands-on look at the upcoming game and spoke to its creator, Michael Levall. For creator Michael Levall, Please Knock on My Door isn’t just a story. It’s […]

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Why It Matters that Overwatch’s Symmetra is Officially Autistic

Overwatch’s Symmetra has been the center of speculation since Blizzard first released A Better World. Part of a comic series expanding the lives of the characters and the world that they live in, it follows Symmetra — real name, Satya Vaswani — as she undertakes a bit of corporate espionage. It also features this panel, […]

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‘We Know the Devil’ and the Power of Community

It’s dangerous to go alone, as we say — and in no game is that more true thanWe Know the Devil. It’s both narratively and mechanically about the value of community and the cost of isolation, something a lot of its players are intimately familiar with. Writing for Waypoint, Jennifer Unkle talks about the impact […]

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Five Games That Deal With Eating Disorders

Eating disorders are a sensitive topic, so much so that we rarely encounter media dealing with them outside of the occasional ‘very special episode.’ For National Eating Disorder Awareness Week, let’s look at a few games that have tackled the subject. Mangia, by Nina Freeman Nina Freeman is known for intensely personal games like How […]

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Takume Is a Miniature Journey of Healing

There’s something magical about Takume. It’s a tiny game, less than ten minutes long if you’re thorough. In that time, it manages to tell a story about pain, identity, trauma and healing. It speaks of those things in general terms and allegory, so while it might stick with you, it doesn’t linger too long in […]

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Why Horror Games Need Better Plot Twists

When you’re coping with mental health issues, horror games can be a good temporary escape. There’s nothing like engaging in some safe, cathartic screaming to clear your head, right? Unless, of course, you’re screaming from the frustration of encountering yet another sloppy, stigmatizing portrayal of mental illness. Over at I Need Diverse Games, writer and […]

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How Making a Successful Game Became a Life-Saving Mission for Pixelberry Studios

Content warning: discussion of eating disorders, abuse and suicide. When Pixelberry Studios set out to create High School Story, they were only hoping to make a successful, lightly educational mobile game for teens. Little did they know at the time that this would lead them to helping kids better understand the impact of bullying, finding […]

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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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