Tag: depression

One time a video game did depression right!

Warning: This post discusses themes of depression and suicide.  So, here’s a thing about video games: Typically, they suck at mental illness. Nine times out of ten you pick up a game that has mental illness in it and the involvement boils down to, “Crazy people with knives try to knife you, isn’t that scary???”  Frankly? No. It isn’t scary.…

Make Your Choice…except when you can’t

Depression Quest is a piece of interactive fiction written by Zoe Quinn and Patrick Lindsey that centers around the premise of, you guessed it, depression. The plot is a very serious portrayal of a person’s internal and external battle with depression. Quinn and Lindsey place the reader as the central character in the piece by directing every event with a ‘you do…

Paperwounds by Andy Campbell

Adam Campbell’s “Paperwounds” takes its readers to a dark place; to a mind of suicidal thoughts and depression. The reader is presented with a crumpled up suicide note.  We can click on certain words which are highlighted and pulse red.  There is also a sound effect, a sort of technological beep which goes off whenever the mouse hovers over the…

Gravitation: portrait of a bipolar world

  Gravitation is one of the games that we played in class, but I didn’t give it much thought until I attended a student’s presentation on the source code as a text of literature that can be read for meaning. The creator, Jason Rohrer, released a statement indicating his reasoning behind creating Gravitation: “I needed to make a game about…

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