Author Archives: Nissa Campbell

A Look at What Burnout is All About

Feeling burned out? If you’ve been pushing yourself too hard for a while, you might be looking at occupational burnout. While that’s not a diagnosis in the DSM, it is common issue for a lot of people in the video game industry. If you’re wondering what causes burnout, what it feels like, or how you […]

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One Researcher’s Approach for Studying Her Own Game Play Experiences

Video game research is thriving, with new studies and their results announced daily. In most cases, researchers have a group of participants to work with, or a list of survey respondents. For one PhD candidate, this posed a problem. Sonja Sapach hoped to document her own game play experiences into her dissertation research, but she […]

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MuniReality’s Ambitious Plan to Become a Mental Health Game Platform

Michelle Chen was no stranger to depression when she decided to make a game about it, but she wanted to tell more stories than her own. She reached out to other to gather their perspectives, and in doing so, found hope. Reading other people’s stories made me realize that I’m not alone. Also knowing that […]

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Don’t Miss This Breakdown of Today’s Crunch Culture

While the video game industry has been maintaining the same struggle with crunch — long hours and unhealthy levels of overwork — for at least the last decade and a half, our understanding of it has changed. We know more about the dangers of crunch to both developers and studios, for example. We’ve also come […]

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Weekly INT Boost – Going To Win

Welcome, friends, to our roundup of the best game and mental health stories you may have missed. This week, our stories center on harassment, crunch, and burnout — three topics on a lot of minds as we start this year. Everyone has a different idea about what harassment is, study says “There’s also a curious […]

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This Podcast Explores How Children Can Safely Learn from Games

When we talk about how game skills transfer to real life, one of the main examples that crops up is brain training games. These games are designed to give players practice with specific skills, like memorization, that are then supposed to be generalized to the rest of our lives. That sort of transition, known as […]

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The CheckPoint Web Series is Almost Here

May of 2017 feels like a century ago, but it turns out it’s only been a brief eight months. In that time, the CheckPoint web series has gone from a crowdfunded dream to the nearest thing to reality. Yesterday, CheckPoint’s Dr. Jennifer Hazel announced that the series is launching on January 29th. CheckPoint is an […]

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‘Everything is Going to be OK’ Is Getting More Personal

Developer Nathalie Lawhead put a lot of herself into her 2017 digital zine Everything is Going to be OK. It’s an autobiographical exploration of pain and hope, told through a series of surreal, violent game experiences involving small bunnies and other cute, cartoonish figures. But for some players, that personal angle remains mystifying. “The game […]

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Captain America Shares His Secret For Silencing Anxiety

Chris Evans hasn’t been quiet about his “noisy brain.” Anxiety is a long-standing issue for him, one he’s spoken to Rolling Stone about — and one that almost cost him his career-defining role. He recently tweeted this interview from Motivation Monday addressing that very experience. “Normally you do movies one at a time and if […]

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Mayim Bialik Preaches the Benefits of Family D&D Night

Mayim Bialik is an actress and neuroscientist, best known for her role as Dr. Amy Fowler on The Big Bang Theory. For her YouTube series/lifestyle website GrokNation, she recently shared her experiences with a topic we’re fond of here at Take This: D&D as therapy. Bialik isn’t wearing her neuroscientific hat for this subject. She […]

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