Tag Archives: video games

How Making a Successful Game Became a Life-Saving Mission for Pixelberry Studios

Content warning: discussion of eating disorders, abuse and suicide. When Pixelberry Studios set out to create High School Story, they were only hoping to make a successful, lightly educational mobile game for teens. Little did they know at the time that this would lead them to helping kids better understand the impact of bullying, finding […]

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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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Help a Sad Boy Escape Anhedonia in Upcoming VR Experience ‘Hue’

“Some days, life is blaring with bawdy and bright banderoles. Other days, it can be a little more pasty and pallid. Hue, our protagonist, has had his ups and downs like any of us, but lately the grays have overshadowed the greens and roses has lost their luster. If Hue could remember what the blues […]

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How Therapy Helped a Reporter With His Witcher 3 Romances

Therapy can bring with it all kinds of surprises. For games reporter Nathan Grayson, one of those surprises was that the same issues that were complicating his relationships were also complicating his video game playthroughs. For Valentine’s Day, Grayson bared his heart to Kotaku readers, delving into the ways he sabotaged a recent romantic relationship. […]

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This Light-Based Game Will Help Kids With Autism Connect

The Tovertafel Unique is a gaming system most of us aren’t ever likely to have in our collections — gamers aren’t the intended audience for its hardware or its software. It’s a large projector that’s mounted over a perfectly ordinary table that acts as a play surface. Since the Tovertafel (Dutch for “magic table”) can […]

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’29’ Explores the Anxiety That Keeps Us Safely Trapped at Home

Writing for Waypoint, Lewis Gordon shares the story of ’29,’ an upcoming indie game that explores the reality and surreality of the end of college life, living with roommates, and coping with social anxiety. “For me, my time at uni was the most that had ever gone on in my life. The fact that it […]

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Utopia Jam Wants Us To Imagine a Better Future

Have a bit of free time coming up in February? Want to give yourself a project, and maybe help people escape from what can seem like an unending cavalcade of awful news? You should check out Utopia Jam. Utopian fiction imagines a better world — a future world where our hardships have been solved, and […]

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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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Weekly INT Boost – Time For Some Comfort Gaming

Welcome to our weekly roundup of the best mental health-related articles you may have missed. Before we dive into this week’s story, we have some great news: our crowdfunding campaign is about to hit $25,000. If you want to help the AFK Room program continue through 2017, take a look! Gaming-as-a-Service doesn’t have to mean […]

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Autism & Empowerment: What Gaming Means to Me

The word “empowerment” is thrown around quite frequently in discussions surrounding identity and representation in media. Seeing or reading a positive and respectful depiction of one’s identity can have a tremendously beneficial impact on an individual, especially if said individual is from a marginalized community. That being said, what defines empowerment can mean different things to […]

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