Author Archives: Nissa Campbell

Struggling With Perfectionism? Self-Compassion May Help

Perfectionism doesn’t sound like much of a problem if you haven’t struggled with it. Someone wants to do things too well? Big deal, right? But perfectionism isn’t the same as striving for excellence. It often comes alongside anxiety, depression and other mental health issues, and it puts roadblocks in the way of achieving not only […]

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The Tricky Issue of Loot Box Legality

Purchasing loot boxes in a game can have a lot in common with gambling. We put in real money, get a random reward, and sometimes go way too far trying to get a win. But while legislative efforts to protect consumers from the hazards of loot boxes may come from a well-intentioned place, they may […]

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How Night in the Woods Got Mental Health Representation Right

It’s been just over a year since Night in the Woods was first released to critical acclaim. It’s been lauded for its handling of issues like the economic decline of the American middle class, small town life, growing up, and daily life with mental health issues. In this video, YouTuber Jax-3636 does a great job […]

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Researchers Make a Case Against the Inclusion of Gaming Disorder in ICD-11

Late last week, a number of game industry organizations put their support behind an international team of researchers and scientists who oppose the World Health Organization’s (WHO) proposed inclusion of Gaming Disorder in the 11th update of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11). The Entertainment Software Association, the Association for UK Interactive Entertainment (Ukie) and […]

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Weekly INT Boost – Hope Makes Us Strong

Welcome to our roundup of the best gaming and mental health articles you may have missed. This week, we have a look at video games and violence, analysis of one of Black Panther’s best characters, and more. Road to GDC: I’m Not A Doctor, but I Simulate One in VR “It turns out that doctors […]

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Where to Find Take This at ECCC 2018

If you’re off to Emerald City Comic Con, happy news: Take This is there, too! While we won’t have an AFK room at the show, we will have a Booth of Hope, and we have two great panels you can attend. The Booth of Hope Interested in saying hi, learning more about mental health and […]

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A Psychiatrist Reviews Hellblade

Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice has been embraced by some players as an effective and affecting portrayal of mental health issues, and criticized by others for oversimplifying those same issues. In a recent article in Psychiatric Times, Sharon Packer, MD, a practicing psychiatrist, and gaming scholar Shawn Edrei, PhD, take a look at Hellblade with an eye […]

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Glixel Looks at Crunch 14 Years After EA Spouse

It’s been nearly 14 years since Erin Hoffman-John anonymously published the historic EA spouse letter, a blog post that made the world aware of just how toxic game development work environments had become. In its wake, lawsuits were filed, payouts were made, articles were written — and crunch culture carried on. This week, Glixel looks […]

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Practice Mindful Breathing With Commander Shepard

Jennifer Hale has voiced some of the most memorable characters in video games and television. She’s been Bioshock Infinite’s Rosalind Lutece, Metal Gear Solid’s Naomi Hunter, and — for a great many of us — the one and only Commander Shepard of Mass Effect. In this new video from our friends at CheckPoint, Hale takes […]

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This Website Offers a Gentle Introduction to Games

Games can be powerful tools for healing and growth — that’s something we see again and again in the stories we share. But without game literacy, a lot of the games we love and recommend become a bit unapproachable. Sometimes even impenetrable. Here, Extra Credits explains the idea of game literacy: We all know people […]

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