Tag Archives: depression

‘Depression & Dragons’ Is a New Podcast About the Healing Power of Tabletop RPGs

Have room in your life for a new podcast? If so, you might want to check out Depression & Dragons, a new podcast that seems tailor-made for anyone interested in mental health and gaming. There are only three episodes available so far, and it’s surprisingly hard to pin down its format. The first episode, Genesis, […]

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‘Anamorphine’ Is Looking Gorgeous and Dark

Anamorphine is an upcoming game that tells a story about the effects of trauma in a strikingly visual way. Its creators promise no dialogue or direct interactions — just exploration in strange, fascinating environments like the ones in this recent teaser. According to its creators at Artifact 5, its a game about confronting the past, […]

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Life is Strange, and the Difference Between “Sad” and “Depressing” Games

“Ugh, that game is too depressing.” You might have said something like that before. I have, and I’ve been dealing with depression for most of my adult life. When I say, it, though, I usually mean that the game (or movie, book, or show) is sad. I mean that it’s making me think about topics […]

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A Look Back at Neon Genesis Evangelion’s Treatment of Depression

In a particularly deep cut for Birth. Movies. Death., Siddhant Adlakha takes a look at 1995’s best-known anime series: Neon Genesis Evangelion. While the article by necessity gets into topics of mecha, clones, aliens and the end of the world, that’s all in service of more human topics: depression, identity, and self-acceptance. Spoilers for Evangelion, […]

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This Beautiful Comic Tells a Story of Depression and Growth

Today, we have a comic from Claudia Rinofner to remind us to celebrate even the smallest signs of growth or recovery. This comic was originally posted on Rinofner’s website and is reposted with her generous permission. You can find more of her work at Polterink.

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‘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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