Tag Archives: escape

The Refuge Found in an Endless Game of Golf

We talk a lot about the power that games have to help us through difficult times. When someone says a video game saved their life, they may not be exaggerating. Sometimes all we need is something to hold on to — or something to look forward to — while we ride out the rough patches. […]

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Taking a Critical Look at Our Gaming Habits

There’s a fine line between using games to relax, connect or find comfort, and using them to avoid dealing with our lives — and finding that line isn’t easy. Over at Play/Paws, Melody explores the idea that the same games that are beneficial to our mental health and well-being can be the same games that […]

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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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You Can Do This

By: Sebastian Mejia I think on some level my parents always knew that I was a little off. I’d get sick a lot when I was younger—lots of nausea and stomach aches—causing me to either skip school or be picked up early. Doctors didn’t know what wrong, we didn’t know what wrong, it just … […]

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You Can’t Keep It Within You

by: Patrick Scott Patterson I’ve been there.  That feeling of being alone, feeling like the world wouldn’t care if you were around or not.  Oh, yes … I have been there, and it is a big reason why I got into gaming in the first place.  I could dive into a game for a while […]

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“Cootie”

by: Colette Bennett A purple-haired girl named Nei was one of my first friends. She was beautiful, with pointed, elfen ears and shy eyes. She didn’t talk back, but she didn’t need to. When I played Phantasy Star II, she was the one I felt closest to. She’d gone through a tough past, and she […]

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