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Definition Of Insanity: Games & The Stigma Of Depression

By RPS on January 24th, 2013.

The relationship between gaming and depression tend to only be addressed by sensational misinterpretation of studies by the mainstream press. RPS contributor David Owen set out to find out whether gaming can be linked to mental health, how games could better represent depression, and whether games themselves can be an effective means of helping those who suffer.

Far Cry 3 gives a definition for insanity. “Insanity is doing the exact same fucking thing over and over again, expecting shit to change.”

You’re probably familiar with how madness manifests itself in the world of games. It’s that ill-defined brand of hyperbolic insanity that compels antagonists to shoot people in the face, hatch needlessly convoluted plots to take over/destroy the world, and maintain a socially unacceptable hairstyle. And this is not just a cheap dig at Far Cry 3, which rode a wave of promotion centred on insanity. It just happens to be the most recent example, in that every major character on Rook Island is unhinged in some capacity – we know this because of their propensity for murder, rape, and to hallucinate giant voodoo demons. At no point in any of this is a specific mental illness named. Far Cry 3 does not know the definition of insanity.

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