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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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Mental Health Games Make an Appearance at The Game Awards

Yesterday, The Game Awards announced its list of nominees for its 2017 awards ceremony. The awards seek to “recognize and uphold creative and technical excellence in the global video game industry” and “bring together a diverse group of game players, game developers, and notable names from popular culture to celebrate and advance gaming’s position as […]

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Five Spooky Games That Push Back Against Mental Health Stigma

It’s Halloween, and there’s no better time to settle in with a good, spooky game — but horror games can be a minefield when you have experience with mental health issues. Here are a few dark, unsettling games that do their best to avoid the worst stigmatizing asylum tropes while exploring themes of mental illness. […]

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How Night In The Woods Normalizes Mental Health Issues

For all the ways game creators portray mental health issues, treating them like normal, everyday parts of life is pretty far down the list. Mental illness can be portrayed as a precursor to villainy, it can be handled with complex meters and mechanics, or it can be the main subject of a game. It’s rarely […]

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The Sidcourse Finds Novel Connections Between Games and Mental Health

Overviews of mental health and gaming are wonderful — they inspire people to talk about their own experiences, to create games on the subject, to push back against stigma. This video from Sidcourse is a particularly refreshing look at the subject, taking a few novel angles. Night in the Woods, Dark Souls and Tom Clancy’s […]

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How Night in the Woods Is Making Players Feel Less Alone

Infinite Fall’s Night in the Woods is an interesting game, but it isn’t always a comfortable one. Mae Borowski is a difficult protagonist. She’s dropped out of school for reasons that aren’t immediately made clear. She has a troubled past. She makes bad choices. She’s dealing with a lot of issues. A lot of us […]

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