Category Archives: Video Games

A Mortician’s Tale is a Promising Death-Positive Game

Despite all the time we spend thinking about it, death is a difficult subject for many of us to consider. A lot of therapist hours are spent dealing with issues around it, be they fear of loss, fear of our own mortality, or issues that can cause us even more distress, like complicated grief. The […]

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‘Indygo’ Gets a New Trailer and a Narrative Sneak Peek

Indygo is an upcoming game about an artist, Thomas, his relationship, and depression. It takes place exclusively in his studio, where, as the trailer implies, he’s been isolated for quite some time. Indygo will be out next week, on October 24, but to tide us over, its creators at Pigmentum Game Studio have released the […]

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Self-Care Jam 2 is Almost Here

✨ Announcing Self-Care Jam 2 ✨This year has been a lot, so come make something small, just for you~ October 28th through November 5th #selfcarejam https://t.co/gM2CceaF1y pic.twitter.com/34X32F5cCy — 😈 haylEVIL 👿 (@imjayhay) October 7, 2017 Last year’s Self-Care Jam brought us lots of small, delightful games — some about self care, some personally meaningful. Self-Care […]

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New Anamorphine Details Arrive With PS4 and PS VR Announcement

Anamorphine, a gorgeous upcoming game from Artifact 5, will explore themes of mental health. Until recently, all we knew about it came from an early teaser, but a pile of new details just arrived along with the announcement that Anamorphine is coming to PS4 and PS VR alongside PC. When it arrives on those platforms […]

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Dr. Mark Award-Winning ‘Stardew Valley’ Arrives on Switch

At PAX West, Take This was pleased to announce that the winner of the inaugural Dr. Mark Award was Stardew Valley, a game that both portrays mental health issues with empathy and that many people with mental health issues find hopeful and healing. If you haven’t played it, or you want to start again on […]

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The Creators of ‘Shooty Skies’ Are Working On a Game To Combat Homophobia in Australia

Australia’s Mighty Games is known for cute, happy mobile games like Shooty Skies, Questy Quest and Charming Keep — light but lovely fare. With the launch of its new arm, Mighty Serious, it aims to also be a force for good. It’s working with the Victorian government, Victoria University and the Victorian AIDS Council to […]

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The Creator of ‘Please Knock On My Door’ Explains the Challenge of Writing a Game About Depression

When Michael Levall’s Please Knock On My Door was released in September, Eurogamer lauded it for its realistic handling of depression, noting that it’s “unnerving, because it’s all too real.” In an interview with The Daily Californian, creator Michael Levall reveals that there was a personal cost to writing such a true-to-life take on depression. […]

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One Writer Shares His Story of Gaming Through Grief

Often, when we’re going through difficult times, we turn to games for escape or distraction. There’s nothing wrong with that, so long as we do it in healthy moderation, but sometimes escape isn’t enough. Video games can be a comfort, but more than that, they can be a point of connection. Writing for Polygon, Jeff […]

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Sea Hero Quest Brings its Dementia Research Into Virtual Reality

Sea Hero Quest made a splash last year when it launched with the stated goal of gathering data for dementia research from players. They hopes to crowdsource data and set benchmarks for human spatial navigation using in-game navigation. Since visual–spatial impairments can be one of the first signs of dementia, those benchmarks have the potential […]

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Where Hellblade Succeeds and Fails in its Representation of Mental Health Issues

On its release last month, Ninja Theory’s Hellblade distinguished itself on the merits of being a high budget game steeped in themes of mental illness and for having consulted with people affected by the issues it sought to portray. Now that the novelty of that has hand a chance to settle, people are taking a […]

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