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What do violent games do to us?

A lot of us who’ve grown up with games have a knee-jerk reaction when anyone suggests violent games could increase aggression — no, of course they can’t, right? And it’s no wonder people get defensive about the subject. After all, it seems like every time a horrific act of mass violence occurs, the media digs […]

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3 Games That Do Mental Illness Well

Looking for a great rundown of the state of mental health in games? In this video, GameSpot’s Jess McDonnell lays out some games that take a nuanced look at mental health issues, including The Cat Lady, Town of Light and Actual Sunlight. If you’re interested in more games that deal with mental health issues, check […]

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How Reddit Users Coping With Psychosis Inspired Hellblade’s Creators

Ever found yourself twenty threads deep in some topic on Reddit that you didn’t even know you were interested in? Sure, it doesn’t seem like a productive habit, but as Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice’s creative director Tameem Antoniades explains in this Game Informer interview, inspiration can come from anywhere. It was one of those Reddit rabbit […]

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How to Plan for the Stress of Game Development

Game development might be your dream job, but it’s still a job — and it brings a lot of stress with it. The latest video from Extra Credits addresses those stressed. If you’re new to game development or you want your next project to go better than your last, give it a watch. Knowing what […]

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Two Experts Explain the Therapeutic Benefits of D&D

Tabletop roleplaying isn’t just known for having benefits for its players — it’s being used for those benefits in therapeutic contexts. For instance, Dr. B works with social skills roleplaying groups through Aspiring Youth, something you may have heard him talking about on the official Dungeons & Dragons podcast. Wheelhouse Workshop is another Washington-based group […]

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Feel Like Game Development is Hard on Your Mental Health? This Panel Proves That You Aren’t Alone

It can be hard for people in the video game industry to acknowledge that mental health issues exist at all levels. Stigma hits hard, and when you’re a professional in the industry it’s natural to worry that opening up might have an impact on your career prospects. When you’re an employer or studio head, that […]

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This Animated Short Explains the Dangers of Stigma Without Saying a Word

Mental health issues can be very isolating, and when you’re dealing with them alone, you might not have the words to explain what’s wrong. This video from animator Chara Bui wordlessly explains how difficult that experience can be, particularly when stigmatizing ideas of mental illness surround you — and how much it can help to […]

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Fandoms Are Fun, but Are They Healthy?

Hank Green (Vlogbrothers, SciShow) just launched SciShow Psych, a new YouTube channel devoted to answering questions about psychology. For one of their first few videos, they tackled a question that’s near and dear to me, and probably to many of you as well: is fandom a healthy obsession, or is it a problem? The answer, […]

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In This Personal Video, ‘How to ADHD’ Tackles Medication Stigma

The decision to take (or not take) psychiatric medication shouldn’t be a controversial one. We should decide what’s best for our health with the help of our doctors, and that should be that. But stigma isn’t a rational thing, and a lot of people think that they know better than we do or our doctors […]

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A Psychological Look at ‘Logan’

If you’ve seen Logan, you know it delves into some pretty dark territory. Wolverine is a character with a long, painfully history, and the film isn’t afraid to explore the consequences of that. In this video for Shrink Tank, Jonathan Hetterly, LPC takes us through some of the traits, situations and mental health issues that […]

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