Tag Archives: depression

‘Life Is Strange’ as a Lesson About Accepting the Past

Sometimes what developers put into their games is less important than what we take away. For instance, Dontnod Entertainment put a lot of thought into its portrayals of bullying, depression and suicidality into Life Is Strange, but that wasn’t what helped developer Jake Durasamy deal with his depression. In an article at The Sixth Axis, […]

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This Animated Short Explains the Dangers of Stigma Without Saying a Word

Mental health issues can be very isolating, and when you’re dealing with them alone, you might not have the words to explain what’s wrong. This video from animator Chara Bui wordlessly explains how difficult that experience can be, particularly when stigmatizing ideas of mental illness surround you — and how much it can help to […]

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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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Don’t Miss Depression-Proof Studio Culture: A How-To for Mental Wellness

At GDC, Russ Pitts, president and co-founder of Take This, spoke on the subject of mental health in the video game industry — specifically, how to create a mentally healthy environment and deal with mental health issues in your studio of any size in a healthy, productive way. This year, he was joined by Alex […]

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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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Games Are Healing My Dumb Brain – How Bit Bash Gave One Artist a Community

In early September of 2014, I was standing outside of a Threadless warehouse with a friend that had invited me to Chicago’s newest indie games festival. This was Bit Bash’s first year, and it was aiming on creating a community-focused, inclusive space to showcase local and international games alike. I had no idea what to […]

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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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Work Hard, a Comic By Shing Yin Khor

Artist Shing Yin Khor shares this personal comic, which explores the pain of tying your identity into something that’s not entirely within your control — especially on bad days. You can find the original at Shing’s website. [Shing Yin Khor]

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Rooster Teeth Gets Deep Into Mental Health

The folks on Rooster Teeth’s Always Open are willing to talk about just about anything, but in last week’s episode they got particularly personal as they dished about mental health. Barbara Dunkelman, Blaine Gibson and Mariel Salcedo brought therapist and YouTuber Kati Morton to answer questions and have a thorough chat about their own issues, […]

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Building Empathy and Self-Healing: Game Development as an Awareness and Healing Tool

I’m tired and I don’t want to talk about it. Laying down on the sofa and scrolling around Netflix seems to be all I can do. Nonetheless, I can’t pick anything. All possible options look dull. Any physical movement seems like a waste of energy. I resign to watching the color white on the wall […]

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