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12 months ago

Industry and academics unite to oppose World Health Organisation’s “gaming disorder”

A number of academics and games industry associations, including the UK's Ukie and USA's Entertainment Software Association, have united to oppose World Health Organisation (WHO) plans to define 'gaming disorder' as a health condition. The WHO, an arm of the United Nations, intend to create 'gaming disorder' with the next revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD), their big book o' physical and mental…

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1 year ago

Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice proceeds going to charity on World Mental Health day

Accolade trailers are usually a bit rubbish, so I don’t typically write about them, but Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice [official site] developers Ninja Theory have put together a slightly special one, made up of screenshots taken by players using photo mode, while the ‘accolades’ are, instead of being press quotes, taken from fans who were helped by the way the game tackles mental health. With that…

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3 years ago

Echoes Is A Game About Psychology & Mental Health

It's Mental Health Awareness Week here in the UK, so I thought I'd tell you about Echoes [official site] - a newly announced episodic exploration puzzle game that explores themes of psychology, mental health and the relationship between the two. I'm a sucker for games that strive to generate wider and nuanced conversation around sensitive issues. Echoes appears to be one such game AND it…

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Feature: Rubber duckies optional

When Gaming Is Like A Hot Bath

[This article was originally published to our Supporter Program on 22nd February.] I've had a really shitty couple of weeks. I've written before about anxiety disorder, and after a really quite astonishingly awful start to 2016 I had quite the collapse. I share this information for one reason: I know there are many other people out there suffering with anxiety, panic and low mood, and…

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Sym Is A Game About Social Anxiety

It's World Mental Health Day today, thus I wanted to draw your attention to Sym [official site]: a stylish, monochromatic puzzle platformer that portrays issues of mental health in a very unique way. Josh, the game's protagonist, suffers from acute social anxiety disorder and has a tendency to shy away from social situations. This is portrayed metaphorically within Sym's abstruse world, where you must switch…

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Asylum Jam Returns To Challenge Mental Health Stigma

Asylum Jam, a 48-hour game jam to promote mental health, is back for its third consecutive year. Against the tide of misinformed tropes and unfortunate allegories consistent with popular culture that suggest mental health is something to be feared, Asylum Jam asks participants to design horror games that break from such associated stigma.

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4 years ago

Feature: Reaching Out

Hello, I Have Anxiety Disorder – And Gaming Helps

I have generalised anxiety disorder. It’s a condition that falls under "anxiety disorders", which also includes OCD, despite more often being categorised under “depression”. It sort of fits with both. It’s an obsessive condition that causes someone to be unable to control their fear, to become entangled in irrational and debilitating worry, and at its extreme, to be afflicted by horrible intrusive thoughts. I’ve had…

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6 years ago

Feature: Games On The Brain

Definition Of Insanity: Games & The Stigma Of Depression

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.…

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