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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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What ‘Gears of War’ Got Right About Trauma

Taken at face value, the Gears of War franchise doesn’t look much like a nuanced meditation on the costs of war. Chainsaw guns, gore, and unrealistically muscular men fighting monsters don’t scream subtlety. But over at ZAM, AJ Moser looks at what the original Gears of War had to say about trauma and PTSD, and […]

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Trauma and Trigger Warnings

By Dr. Tyson Bailey Imagine for a moment that whatever scares you the most (spiders, clowns, the girl from The Ring) is hiding around the corner from you. In the first scenario you have no warning and are left do deal with your emotions from the surprise encounter. In the second scenario, you have some […]

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Sci-Fi/Fantasy Authors Share Their Mental Health Stories for #HoldOnToTheLight

Some of the best and brightest in the science fiction/fantasy world are sharing their struggles with mental health issues this month as part of #HoldOnToTheLight, a campaign to help raise mental health awareness in the SF/F community. Organized by author Gail Z. Martin, #HoldOnToTheLight has over 100 authors writing blog posts about mental health — […]

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Are You Watching ‘You’re The Worst’?

It’s difficult to recommend You’re The Worst without a few disclaimers — it is, after all, a comedy series about very bad people. If you have lines for graphic content, foul language, drug or alcohol use, or people being awful to each other, it’s probably going to cross them with gleeful abandon. But somewhere along […]

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Overwatch’s Bastion Short is Heartwarming – And It’s Getting People to Talk About PTSD

Yesterday, Blizzard released this animated short for Bastion, Overwatch’s robotic turret of doom. Contrary to its in-game behavior, it turns out Bastion is a sweetheart. The short tells the story of its bird buddy, Ganymede, and how they first became friends. It also tells the story of how Bastion turned away from a violent past. […]

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#22pushups Draws Attention to Veterans’ Mental Health Issues

If you can do a single pushup, assisted or otherwise, you can be part of a campaign to raise awareness of veteran suicide prevention. It’s a cause that could use attention — veterans in the U.S. are 50% more likely to take their own lives than people who have never served, and according to the […]

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