Tag Archives: game development

Feel Like Game Development is Hard on Your Mental Health? This Panel Proves That You Aren’t Alone

It can be hard for people in the video game industry to acknowledge that mental health issues exist at all levels. Stigma hits hard, and when you’re a professional in the industry it’s natural to worry that opening up might have an impact on your career prospects. When you’re an employer or studio head, that […]

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Develop Magazine Takes On Mental Health in Games and Development

Traditionally speaking, Develop magazine covers the nuts and bolts of the game industry — the art and business of making games, more so than the individuals who make them. This month, it’s doing something a little different, making space within its pages for the hearts and minds of creators. The March 2017 issue covers a […]

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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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Developers, Don’t Miss This Guide to Healthy Studio Conflict

GDC is happening this week, and with it comes a treasure trove of interesting talks and game news. One of those talks was Managing Conflict on Small Teams from Rebekah Saltsman, CEO of Finji (publishers of Night in the Woods and developers of Overland). Saltsman works on a team with her husband, Finji cofounder Adam […]

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How Making a Successful Game Became a Life-Saving Mission for Pixelberry Studios

Content warning: discussion of eating disorders, abuse and suicide. When Pixelberry Studios set out to create High School Story, they were only hoping to make a successful, lightly educational mobile game for teens. Little did they know at the time that this would lead them to helping kids better understand the impact of bullying, finding […]

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Need to Relocate Your Creativity? This Talk May Help

Many of us in the video game world are creative people — developers, writers, artists, and creators of all kinds. Many of us are also familiar with depression, anxiety, mental health issues and creative blocks. This talk from industry veteran Bob Bates may help if you’re dealing with the latter, even if it’s caused by […]

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Don’t Miss This Talk About the Health Risks of Game Development

GDC recently highlighted this IGDA-sponsored talk from GDC 2013, and it’s well worth watching.. Psychiatrist Lydia Breen and game developers Wendy Despain, Adam Martin and Patricia Pizer discuss the health risks of game development, with a close look at the dangers of stress, substance overuse (while coffee has its potential benefits, those long caffiene-fueled nights […]

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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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Weekly INT Boost – Mental Illness isn’t Magic?

Welcome to our roundup of the best mental health-related articles you may have missed. This week, we have analysis of the missteps of The OA, tips for a long and happy game development career, and research about therapy, VR and Facebook. Sady Doyle on mental illness, ‘The OA’ & savior narratives “Believe it or not, […]

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‘She Remembered Caterpillars’ Wants Us to Open Up About Loss and Grief

A game parents can use to talk to their kids about mortality brings to mind a certain gentle sort of game, one that alights on the subject then flits away to safety. IGF finalist She Remembered Caterpillars takes a different approach. It works with a narrative that cuts deep, and an adorable surface that doesn’t […]

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