Category Archives: Video Games

This Game Helps Scientists Model Brain Cells

Want to get a little more oomph from your game time? You can turn your spare time into scientific progress with Mozak. The Allen Institute for Brain Science and the University of Washington’s Center for Game Science created Mozak to help create 3D models of neurons, a task that isn’t particularly well-suited to computers. The […]

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The Importance of Talking About Failure in Game Development

Game development is hard work, and it’s a hard business to succeed in. But when all you hear is the success stories, it can be especially devastating to contemplate failure. At Reboot Develop, developers Rami Ismail of Vlambeer (Nuclear Throne, Ridiculous Fishing) and Mike Bithell (Thomas Was Alone, Volume) spoke about the damage survivorship bias […]

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Vignettes, and Other Fidget Games

I’m a fidgeter, particularly when I’m anxious. I like to keep my hands busy. I used to tear up strips of paper before graduating to pens and fidget toys. On the go, I usually fidget with my phone. Fun, but distracting, and even more socially disruptive than clicking a pen over and over and- So […]

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How Owlboy Makes Needing Others a Virtue

Games are full of power fantasies, stories about personal glory and success in the face of every challenge. When you’re dealing with serious mental health issues, chronic illness or disabilities, those can ring hollow. When daily life feels almost insurmountable, saving the world is a pretty big ask. Owlboy is one of the rare games […]

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You Can Play Impostor Syndrome in Video Game Form

This month, Squinky released the sequel to their amazing stop-motion game Dominique Pamplemousse in “It’s All Over Once The Fat Lady Sings!.” We’re looking further back, though — all the way to 2013, when they released a game simply called Impostor Syndrome. You can find the full story of the game’s creation on Squinky’s website, […]

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3 Games That Do Mental Illness Well

Looking for a great rundown of the state of mental health in games? In this video, GameSpot’s Jess McDonnell lays out some games that take a nuanced look at mental health issues, including The Cat Lady, Town of Light and Actual Sunlight. If you’re interested in more games that deal with mental health issues, check […]

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How Reddit Users Coping With Psychosis Inspired Hellblade’s Creators

Ever found yourself twenty threads deep in some topic on Reddit that you didn’t even know you were interested in? Sure, it doesn’t seem like a productive habit, but as Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice’s creative director Tameem Antoniades explains in this Game Informer interview, inspiration can come from anywhere. It was one of those Reddit rabbit […]

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‘Anamorphine’ Is Looking Gorgeous and Dark

Anamorphine is an upcoming game that tells a story about the effects of trauma in a strikingly visual way. Its creators promise no dialogue or direct interactions — just exploration in strange, fascinating environments like the ones in this recent teaser. According to its creators at Artifact 5, its a game about confronting the past, […]

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How Ellie Beagle: Therapy Dog is Bridging the Gap Between Gamers and Mental Health Clinicians

As any dog owner knows, dogs can be very therapeutic. Generally speaking, though, they can’t actually be therapists. But what if they could? Exploring that magical possibility is a Ellie Beagle: Therapy Dog, an upcoming adventure game by Kelli Dunlap, PsyD. It’s about a canine therapist named Ellie who works with troubled dogs at her […]

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Life is Strange, and the Difference Between “Sad” and “Depressing” Games

“Ugh, that game is too depressing.” You might have said something like that before. I have, and I’ve been dealing with depression for most of my adult life. When I say, it, though, I usually mean that the game (or movie, book, or show) is sad. I mean that it’s making me think about topics […]

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