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Dr. Mark Award-Winning ‘Stardew Valley’ Arrives on Switch

At PAX West, Take This was pleased to announce that the winner of the inaugural Dr. Mark Award was Stardew Valley, a game that both portrays mental health issues with empathy and that many people with mental health issues find hopeful and healing. If you haven’t played it, or you want to start again on […]

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Weekly INT Boost – Taking the Time to Play

Welcome to our roundup of the best mental health and gaming articles you’ve missed. This weeks brings us some truly excellent writing on mental health and the emotional impact of games, including fantastic pieces from sociologist Katherine Cross and game journalist Ben Kuchera. Making Time for Play “That’s right. Picking up that new copy of […]

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Weekly INT Boost – Ready for the Weekend

Welcome to our roundup of the best mental health and gaming articles you might have missed. This week, we have reflections on Stardew Valley, the friends we make in fiction, and many ways to approach mental health apps. A year in Stardew Valley: life, labour and love “I’m eighteen years old and everybody I know […]

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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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Stardew Valley: An Excellent Model of Self Care?

Stardew Valley is a charming game–a farming simulator à la Harvest Moon, with friends to make, people to marry, and agricultural endeavours to optimize. And like Harvest Moon, it limits progression with an energy system. This mechanical choice has an interesting narrative result: you have to take good care of yourself, or you won’t be […]

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