An Interview Is An Interactive Story About Depression

An Interview is a short interactive story based on the theatre show Fake It ‘Til You Make It about clinical depression and men, most specifically how men have the unfortunate tendency to shun facing up to their feelings for fear of being perceived as weak.

Designed and developed by student Manos Agianniotakis on the National Film and Television School’s games design and development course, An Interview tells the story of a troubled man processing his depression – an illness he’s wrestled with since childhood. It’s based on the English performance artist Bryony Kimmings’ play which was inspired by her partner Tim Grayburn’s mental health issues and touches on complex, coalescent themes such as suicide. While video games can never be considered treatment in any way with regards to such inter-personal and idiosyncratic issues, if ever they can add to the discourse or facilitate the opportunity to prompt conversations – this should be considered a good thing.

The video below is actually the short game in its entirety, but if you’d rather click through it for free yourself you can do for Windows here or for Mac here.

If ever you feel low yourself, seeking professional help would be my best advice. If that seems to daunting a task, try reaching out to friends, family, or anyone you feel comfortable enough sharing with. If you’d rather reach out to a stranger – my email address is linked above, I’m all ears. Speaking from a great deal of experience, talking about your feelings helps.

If you’re in the UK, the Samaritans can be called for free, anonymously, at any time on 116 123, or emailed at jo@samartians.org. If you’re in the US, the NSPL are at 1-800-273-8255. If you’re anywhere else, this page has links to every nation’s own line.

10 Comments

  1. AugustSnow says:

    A note about “video games can not be considered treatment in any way” – while I understand the intention was to tell people not to use this game as treatment, video games are definitely used as treatments in various ways – to help children on the autism spectrum identify emotions, to help people with depression reorient themselves, to help with social anxiety and more. Of course, as with any medicine or treatment, people should get professional advice as to which treatment is appropriate for their situation.

    • Bernardo says:

      Seconded. Although I’d say that video games/simulations aren’t used as treatment rather than as one of the instruments in treatment.

    • Joe Donnelly says:

      Yeah, I understand what you’re saying. It was meant generally, in that, like you mention, seeking professional expertise/advice is key in situations like these.

    • mouton says:

      Also veterans with PTSD get tailored VR simulations of their traumatic memories to de-trigger them.

  2. magogjack says:

    Its hard to get help when you feel like you deserve to feel this way.

    • Tuor says:

      Or when you feel like doing so is pointless.

      • GHudston says:

        Both of which are symptoms of the depression itself. It’s an awful thing to happen to a person.

  3. Utsunomiya says:

    But does it end to gunshot-fade-to-black?

  4. mashkeyboardgetusername says:

    Good to see this topic explored. Male suicide statistics are horrifying, (biggest killer of men under 45 now in the UK,) and a study a while back found less than 20% of those had asked for help from a doctor or other medical professional. Anything that helps men reach out/ask for help is good in my book.

  5. machstem says:

    As someone who has suffered deeply from depression and anxiety, and as a husband to wife afflicted with her own mental illness, I want to thank rps for using this post as a means of giving its readers a hotline and general information for someone to get the help they need.

    I’m also extending my hand to anyone who needs to talk. I’ve had to work through one hell of a life with this illness but it IS worth it and there is help if you’re willing to ask for it.

    It takes strength to admit your weakness and it only shows your strength when you fight back and rely on your loved ones for help or to help them.