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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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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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Don’t Miss This Talk About Developing Games While Depressed

Way back at GDC 2011, game developer Michael Todd (Electronic Super Joy) stood up to talk about depression and game development. Haven’t seen it? Luckily, it’s still available for free in the GDC Vault. If you’re a game developer who copes with depression, you should definitely give it a watch — especially if you work […]

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A Beautiful Look at the Isolation of Depression and Anxiety

http://mareliini.tumblr.com/post/153139394292/a-comic-about-stuff Depression and anxiety aren’t often beautiful experiences, and this comic doesn’t pretend otherwise — but it sure does a gorgeous job of portraying the isolation so often inherent in those two very different mental health issues. It was created by Mareliini, a Finnish artist and comic creator. You can find more of their work […]

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A League of Legends Pro Opens Up About Depression On Stream

Richard “Valkrin” Royer is a popular League of Legends streamer and a substitute player for Team SoloMid, one of the highest-ranking professional League teams around. That’s a hard position to beat, but as he explains in the video above, he wasn’t always satisfied with his place in the eSports world. When a viewer of one […]

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How Undertale Helped One Writer Reevaluate His Depression

Undertale has a well-earned reputation for tugging on heartstrings, but it did more than that for some. Over at The Game Bolt, Dylan Dzedzy explores how Undertale helped change his perspective on his own depression. This game came at a formative moment in my life. I was depressed beyond comprehension and had no idea what […]

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