Category Archives: Video Games

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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This Light-Based Game Will Help Kids With Autism Connect

The Tovertafel Unique is a gaming system most of us aren’t ever likely to have in our collections — gamers aren’t the intended audience for its hardware or its software. It’s a large projector that’s mounted over a perfectly ordinary table that acts as a play surface. Since the Tovertafel (Dutch for “magic table”) can […]

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’29’ Explores the Anxiety That Keeps Us Safely Trapped at Home

Writing for Waypoint, Lewis Gordon shares the story of ’29,’ an upcoming indie game that explores the reality and surreality of the end of college life, living with roommates, and coping with social anxiety. “For me, my time at uni was the most that had ever gone on in my life. The fact that it […]

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Utopia Jam Wants Us To Imagine a Better Future

Have a bit of free time coming up in February? Want to give yourself a project, and maybe help people escape from what can seem like an unending cavalcade of awful news? You should check out Utopia Jam. Utopian fiction imagines a better world — a future world where our hardships have been solved, and […]

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‘Southern Monsters’ Asks Players to Juggle PTSD, Cryptid Hunting, and Petting Cats

“In South Arkansas there’s talk of a monster,” begins Southern Monsters’ Kickstarter description. Where he roams, the locust thorns build barbed walls around the riverbank, not far from your house. Your real home isn’t made of stock millwork, but telephone lines: an online forum for undiscovered creatures where everyone knows you as cripplefoot. You debate […]

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Don’t Miss This Talk About the Health Risks of Game Development

GDC recently highlighted this IGDA-sponsored talk from GDC 2013, and it’s well worth watching.. Psychiatrist Lydia Breen and game developers Wendy Despain, Adam Martin and Patricia Pizer discuss the health risks of game development, with a close look at the dangers of stress, substance overuse (while coffee has its potential benefits, those long caffiene-fueled nights […]

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‘Solo’ Plans to Help Us Uncover Our Feelings About Love

Romance games are finally everywhere. If you’re so inclined, you can load up a visual novel and date anyone or anything. Ninjas. Demons. Pigeons. Cats. Games about love and relationships in real life are less common. They tend to be more reflective — like Cibele, Bientôt l’été, and soon, Solo. It will be an exploration […]

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‘Orchids to Dusk’ Finds Beauty in the Loneliness of Space

If most games are built on meaningful choices, Orchids to Dusk may be based off the most meaningful of all: where, and when, to die. It sounds grim, doesn’t it? Dying is usually the last thing you want to do in a game, but it’s the only thing you can do in Orchids to Dusk. […]

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How ‘This War of Mine’ Misses The Mark on Depression

This War of Mine has seen critical acclaim for its unflinching portrayal of the civilian experience in wartime. It demands that players care for the vulnerable, helping them scavenge and survive. But as Matt Sayer writes for Unwinnable, it makes a few missteps along the way, particularly in its handling of its survivors’ mental health. […]

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