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How Darkest Dungeon Helped Its Creators Reflect on Stress

Watch live video from Gamasutra on www.twitch.tv Stress is a major mechanic in Darkest Dungeon. It’s a dark, violent game, and it puts its heroes through horrible situations: fighting monstrosities, encountering punishing traps, watching their fellows succumb to horror or death. Every one of those things can increase their stress levels. Stress is also a […]

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‘Soar: Tree of Life’ is a Relaxation Game from the UK’s Channel 4

When you want to unwind with a game, there’s something to be said for simple, relaxing experiences that you can slip into without much trouble. Soar: Tree of Life seems like one of those games. Within a few moments, it has you soaring peacefully through the sky, igniting glowing rings to bring vivid color back […]

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‘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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Minecraft Brings Hope to Young Syrian Refugees

For most games, seven years is a long shelf life — but for Minecraft, age doesn’t seem to matter. It’s still being announced for new platforms, huge new features are still arriving, and it’s still helping people. Recently, it’s been helping Syrian refugee children. Earlier this month, researchers from NYU Steinhard and Turkey’s Bahcesehir University […]

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The Value of Cute Self-Care

Self-care can be exhausting work, doing the hard things required to take care of yourself even when you don’t have the time, energy or inclination. It’s not all lavender-scented candles, big fluffy blankets and cuddles with kittens. That said, there’s nothing wrong with self-care that is comforting, affirmational or cute. In fact, a Japanese study […]

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How Creating ‘Max, An Autistic Journey’ With His Dad Helped the Real Max Express Himself

MAX, An Autistic Journey landed on Steam last summer to a relatively muted reception. Some players loved it — particularly those who saw aspects of themselves or their loved ones in Max’s character. Others knocked it for what they saw as amatuer design choices and execution. But for developer St├ęphane Cantin, the game was exactly […]

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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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Find Motivation to Finish Making Your Game With These Tips From the Developers of Owlboy

If you’ve ever worked on a large creative project, you might know what it’s like to struggle with self-doubt, imposter syndrome and all those other ways your brain tries to trick you into quitting. The developers at D-Pad Studios probably went through all of that during Owlboy’s nine-year development cycle. Fortunately, they made it through, […]

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Weekly INT Boost – Playing Through Anxiety

Welcome to our roundup of the best mental health and gaming articles you may have missed. This week, we have a closer look at Autcraft, DMing with anxiety, and a helpful video from Barbie (of all things). Meet the dad who quit his job to run a Minecraft server for autistic kids “Running Autcraft earns […]

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Designing Games for Friendship

I don’t ask a lot of my online games. If I can play without anyone actively trying to ruin my day, it’s a pretty good fit. But when looking at the social environments we play in, minimal toxicity is a pretty low bar. Socially speaking, online games have the potential to be more than just […]

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