Category Archives: Video Games

App Highlight: Flowy, a Game that Helps You Breathe

Coping with panic disorders and anxiety often involves relearning how to breathe. Panic can cause hyperventilation and physiological symptoms that are helped by calm, steady breathing — but calm, steady breathing can be particularly hard to achieve when you’re panicking. While it isn’t a replacement for professional mental health care, Flowy is a game intended […]

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Can Games Teach Our Brains Resilience?

Common wisdom would tell us that depression and video games can only interact in unhealthy ways, as addiction or a dangerous form of self-medication. But what if games can be used to help us become more motivated, more resilient, and maybe a bit happier in the process? Game designer and researcher Jane McGonigal set out […]

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How Hearthstone Helps One Player With Social Anxiety

Over at his blog, games writer Richard Cobbett discusses how Hearthstone became his favorite game – not only on its mechanical merits, but as one of the few multiplayer games that are designed to make players with social anxiety more comfortable. Over time though, I’ve decided that one of its smartest decisions is one that […]

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It’s the Take This Holiday Fundraiser Stream! #TakeThisStream

It’s Dangerous to Stream Alone! So join us! On December 27-28 Take This will be streaming with you, playing the games that mean something to us, sharing our experiences and helping each other get through the holidays. Here’s how to take part: Follow Take This on Twitch.Tune in starting Noon ET on Saturday, December 27th.Enjoy […]

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When Gaming Isn’t Fun

By: Mark Kline, PsyD Vice-Chair TakeThis.org Many gamers are passionate, opinionated, and determined. The intensity they bring to gaming can become all-consuming, and this community can be central to their sense of identity. When this gets to be too much, play can cease to be fun. These tips may help: Step Away from the Screen—Whether […]

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Game Designer Jason L. Blair Writes About Dealing With OCD

Over on his blog, “I Have My Eye On You,” game designer Jason L. Blair has some thoughts to share about the true nature of OCD: “I was exhausted. The more people I was around, the more energy I had to put into pretending I was fine. I couldn’t let the mask slip. I couldn’t […]

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Escapism

By: Aneudys Tejeda Let’s face it, life is complicated. Sometimes, even for the most optimistic person, life can get overwhelming. For this, we resort to escapism. Escapism is defined as the avoidance of reality by absorption of the mind in entertainment or in an imaginative situation or activity. Have you ever been in a situation […]

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The Balance Between Games and Life

By:Fabio Santana Since I was a child, I’ve kept to myself in most aspects. Not socially, but emotionally. I grew up suppressing my feelings and ideas with the intention of not stepping on toes, or hurting peoples expected future for me. Videogames have been, and always will be, my place I can go to forget […]

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Kingdom Hearts II Gave Me Hope

My name is not really important for this article, but some background about me is that I’m a 22-year-old student studying game development in Worcester, Massachusetts. I was first diagnosed with depression along with general anxiety disorder when I was 12 years old. Which means I’ve been living with an official for diagnosis for almost […]

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