You Can Play Impostor Syndrome in Video Game Form

From Impostor Syndrome

This month, Squinky released the sequel to their amazing stop-motion game Dominique Pamplemousse in “It’s All Over Once The Fat Lady Sings!.” We’re looking further back, though — all the way to 2013, when they released a game simply called Impostor Syndrome.

You can find the full story of the game’s creation on Squinky’s website, but here’s an excerpt:

I spoke to many people at GDC outside my social circle who had no idea about the revolutionary progressive things I’d seen this year. They were there for the latest shiny thing on the latest shiny console. I started to think that maybe we weren’t as relevant as we thought we were. And I got to worrying. What if we’re here for nothing? What if another backlash sweeps away our hard work? What if technology continues to march bravely forward but women, minorities, and queers stay left behind?

So, I wrote a dystopian story set some years into the future where we’re still dealing with the same issues as we are today, except everyone’s wearing Google Glass-like devices. I call it dystopian because it frightens me that, with all our talk of progress, maybe we aren’t really progressing at all. And I wrote in the self-doubting voice I hear in my own head that tells me, over and over again, that what I’m doing is not enough, that I’m a no-talent hack and a fraud, and that the little recognition I have received in my career is undeserved. It’s a voice that frightens me, too, because maybe one day, I’ll give in completely to believing it.

If you’ve ever felt like you’re not deserving of your own successes, big or small, or your place in the world, Impostor Syndrome (the game) may feel a little too real. Particularly if you’re uncomfortable with public speaking. Hopefully, the game reminds you that you’re not alone.

Dr. B addressed Impostor Syndrome over at Geek & Sundry recently, so if it’s something you struggle with, you may want to take a look.

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