Category Archives: Stories

Six Years Ago Today…

CONTENT WARNING: Discussion of suicide Six years ago today, Matt Hughes, a freelance games journalist and colleague of Take This’ founders, took his own life. It was a tragedy made more tragic because he suffered in isolation and silence. Take This was founded just weeks later in response. Our founders asked, “What could we have […]

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What Kingdom Hearts Taught Me About Handling Mental Illness

“Yeah, there’s darkness inside me, just like you said. But darkness is my enemy! And you are, too, for making everything around here reek of it!“” -Riku, Kingdom Hearts 2.5 As a kid, I never owned a PlayStation. My family’s budget never prioritized a game console after they bought the Nintendo Entertainment System on sale […]

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Through the Fog and into the Light

  To say that this was an easy journey would be a lie. To say that this is the only time I’ve made this journey would also be a lie. To say that the journey is to be made alone is perhaps the biggest lie of them all. Depression is a hell of a thing. […]

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Self-Care and Streaming: Taking Time Off

Popular YouTube creator Jacksepticeye recently announced that he is taking a break. He cited several reasons, including finding less joy in creating videos, fears of diminished quality of his work, and his own mental health. He described the energy he spends on his work: creating videos daily, going on tour, and doing live shows. He […]

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MORE THAN CHARACTER STATS & ABILITY SCORES: WHY VIOLENCE IS SO HARD TO PREDICT

It’s hard to go a day without hearing about another violent incident: a local robbery, a public brawl, a school shooting. Disturbing events hit media platforms and spread like wildfire. As a result, there has been an incredible pressure on scientists and legal authorities to figure out, “How can we catch the bad guys before […]

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Suicide is a Scourge

Today, news broke that the world lost one of my heroes to suicide. I love food and cooking with a passion, and Anthony Bourdain was responsible for that in no small way. Earlier this week, we lost a brilliant icon in the fashion world to suicide. Kate Spade was responsible for at least one person […]

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Anxiety and Me

Anxiety has been my constant companion for almost as long as I can recall.  Learning how to understand it and use it effectively has taken most of my life.  As a teen, my anxiety prevented me from really living my life. Yet, as an adult, I learned that anxiety gives me mental energy, and I […]

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Take “Take Your Pills” With a Grain of Salt

In the first 30 seconds of the Netflix documentary Take Your Pills, we hear about the troubling physical effects of stimulant medication, followed quickly with credits featuring images of skulls and skeletons slowly sinking in an ever-growing avalanche of pills. This film is not a balanced look at stimulant medication, and at its core, this […]

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How One Streamer’s Fight Against Stigma Inspired a Future Overwatch Pro

At Take This, we believe in the power of sharing our stories — the power of showing people that they’re not alone. The story of Lucas “Mendokusaii” Håkansson, an Overwatch pro playing with the Houston Outlaws, is a wonderful example of that power. Recently, Håkansson talked to PCGamesN about his history with gaming, streaming, and […]

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How Depression and Anxiety Led Me To Build a Community

I’ve been suffering from depression for as long as I can remember. I wasn’t truly diagnosed until I was nineteen and in college (where I could get free counseling). But I knew something was up for a while. I recall being about five and bursting into tears seemingly out of nowhere and then asking my […]

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