Tag Archives: PTSD

‘Transference’ Could Be the Rare Horror Game That Handles Mental Health Issues Well

Last week at E3, Ubisoft unveiled one game that stood apart from the rest: Transference. Created by SpectreVision, the studio of actor Elijah Wood (Lord of the Rings), it’s an upcoming VR title described as psychological horror that explores the topic of trauma — specifically, PTSD. Let’s just get this out of the way: If […]

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A Different Kind of Brain Training Game May Reduce PTSD Symptoms

Brain training games promise big results from repeating simple tasks every day. Generally speaking, it’s not that easy: repeating a memory-boosting puzzle every day for months is very likely to improve your results on that memory-boosting puzzle, but research doesn’t show that it actually improves your memory, for example. But with a recent study published […]

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Another Piece Slides Into Place for Tetris as a Trauma Intervention

There’s something soothing about Tetris, isn’t there? Spinning chaotic tetrominoes until they form up in nice, clean lines? As it turns out, though, it’s more than just soothing. It may be downright therapeutic. A recent study published in Molecular Psychiatry put Tetris in the hands of people who had recently been through a motor vehicle […]

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‘Tiger’s Toe’ Reminds Us to Take the Good Days as They Come

Living with mental health issues is an ongoing challenge, one that can take more from us than people realize. For Mental Health Awareness Month, illustrator Tevy Khou shared this personal story about life with depression, anxiety and PTSD, and the cost of those struggles. Hope is healing, and it’s important to hold onto it — […]

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Monsterhearts 2 Does Its Part to Build a Safer Tabletop Community

For anyone with an appetite for young adult fiction and horror, Monsterhearts rates as a must-play tabletop RPG. Created by Avery Alder, it’s a Powered-by-the-Apocalypse game about being young, confused, and monstrous. Players embody monsters like vampires, ghosts and ghouls, and have abilities that center around doing harm, making mistakes and turning people on. Games […]

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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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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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‘Southern Monsters’ Asks Players to Juggle PTSD, Cryptid Hunting, and Petting Cats

“In South Arkansas there’s talk of a monster,” begins Southern Monsters’ Kickstarter description. Where he roams, the locust thorns build barbed walls around the riverbank, not far from your house. Your real home isn’t made of stock millwork, but telephone lines: an online forum for undiscovered creatures where everyone knows you as cripplefoot. You debate […]

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Zoë Quinn on the Collateral Damage of “Triggered” Jokes

Over the weekend, game developer Zoë Quinn (Depression Quest, Framed) tackled a meme that many of us with mental health issues struggle with: the rampant, casual misuse of the idea of triggers or being triggered. It’s something we’ve looked at from both a personal and professional perspective in the past, and it’s only become more […]

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Virtual Reality is Helping Veterans From WWII Onward

For many of the veterans of World War II, war memorials are out of reach. They’re in their late 80s and 90s now and travel can be a challenge, even with the help of programs like Honor Flight. That’s why Honor Everywhere 360 was created — a virtual reality tour of U.S. War Memorials in […]

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