Tag Archives: grief

Exploring Grief in Life Is Strange: Before The Storm

Most of the videos on Cagey Videos‘ channel are analytical, exploring aspects of game design like cutscenes and tutorials. In this one, Cagey gets a bit more personal, sharing his experience with Life Is Strange: Before The Storm. Like its predecessor, it deals with heavy issues. One of those is grief after the loss of […]

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A Mortician’s Tale is a Promising Death-Positive Game

Despite all the time we spend thinking about it, death is a difficult subject for many of us to consider. A lot of therapist hours are spent dealing with issues around it, be they fear of loss, fear of our own mortality, or issues that can cause us even more distress, like complicated grief. The […]

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One Writer Shares His Story of Gaming Through Grief

Often, when we’re going through difficult times, we turn to games for escape or distraction. There’s nothing wrong with that, so long as we do it in healthy moderation, but sometimes escape isn’t enough. Video games can be a comfort, but more than that, they can be a point of connection. Writing for Polygon, Jeff […]

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‘Hello’ Is a Card Game That Makes the Most Difficult Conversations Easier

The most important conversations are often the hardest to broach. When it comes to things like arrangements for death and long-term illness, many of us would do absolutely anything to get out of having to talk. Loss is a huge source of anxiety for a lot of people, but as with most anxieties, avoiding it […]

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Claire Obscur Is a Delightful Animated Short That Deals With Grief

Claire Obscur is a lovely short about a young girl fighting the monster that haunts her nights, a heroic adventure that just so happens to deal directly with grief. Grief is a difficult subject to talk about, but it’s also something that most of us will experience at least a few times in our lives. […]

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How Loss Shapes Our Favorite Superheroes

The Film Psychologist is a new YouTube channel that looks at the psychological underpinnings of popular films. In this video, loss is the topic at hand — specifically, how the loss of the Waynes, Uncle Ben and Pa Kent affect Batman, Spider-Man and Superman, respectively.

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On Grief and Loss When We Lose an Icon

This week, we lost a brilliant artist to an unexpected death. Chris Cornell’s death is hitting me harder than I might have expected. I’ve lived in Seattle my whole life. I remember coming of age in the 90s when the “Seattle Sound” was at its zenith. I jokingly tell people I still bleed flannel and […]

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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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How Pokémon Sun Is Helping One Player Cope With Grief

Over at Eurogamer, writer Cassandra Khaw shares a deeply personal story of how Pokémon Sun has helped her in a time of grief. Here, she explains how the sunny good cheer of Alola provides a welcoming break, a theme she explores throughout the full article. Over the months, I’ve learned to diversify in regards to […]

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For Your October Reading, A Ghost Story About Grief

Last month, The Dark published ‘Some Breakable Things,‘ a story by author Cassandra Khaw. In it, a daughter confronts the ghost of her father, a ghost of abusive relationships, suicidality, guilt, and hunger. “Go away.” Your father only stares as you crumple against the steam-slick wall, as you contract into a ball on floor, hands […]

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