mental health

Dark Souls

Sometimes, Fighting Depression Means Beating 'Dark Souls' Using Dance Pads

Louis "ATwerking Yoshi" Hamilton hasn't had an easy life, but overcoming ridiculous challenges, sometimes involving bananas, has helped.
Patrick Klepek
8.15.18
narrative games

This Game About Domestic Abuse Helped Me Understand My Own Trauma

'Another Lost Phone' looks long and hard at what we think of as "acceptable" behavior. CW for domestic abuse.
Kate Gray
10.3.17
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‘The Town of Light’ Leverages Reality to Portray Survival Horror

How developer LKA takes a credible look at the real horror of mental institutions.
Joe Donnelly
7.4.17
Adventures and Anxiety

How to Navigate Open Worlds When Your Anxiety Leaves You Disoriented

Games like ‘Breath of the Wild’ invite us into lands of endless possibility—but what happens when you can’t decide which way to go?
Rebecca V Brink
6.27.17
Dragon Age

Mages Like Me: Dragon Age, Magic and Mental Hospitals

I saw myself, a teen in a psychiatric hospital, in the mages of Dragon Age.
Dymphna .
4.1.17
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The Invaluable Rise of the Talking Simulator

Charting the rise of one of gaming's most important genres.
Joe Donnelly
3.3.17
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Can Horror Games Tackle Mental Illness Without Reverting to Stereotype?

Incoming indie game 'The Shattering' could change the landscape of virtual horror.
Joe Donnelly
12.11.16
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How Mental Health Charity Take This Is Helping to Educate the Games Industry

A conversation with the charity’s Russ Pitts and Shannon Gerritzen
Joe Donnelly
11.4.16
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How Virtual Reality Is Revolutionizing Clinical Therapy and Treatment Rehabilitation

We spoke to the director of medical virtual reality at the Institute for Creative Technologies to learn how gaming hardware is helping with PTSD and more.
Joe Donnelly
9.22.16
zoe quinn

Zoë Quinn on Life Since Gamergate and Her Erotic New Video Game

In the first episode of our new web series <em>VICE Gaming Meets</em>, the video game developer talks about online harassment and shows us her new dating simulation game inspired by Amazon bestseller Chuck Tingle.
VICE Staff
8.24.16
Mental Health Bar

These Games Explore the Struggle to Seek Psychological Help

We speak to developer Eli Piilonen about using games to show people struggling with mental health that they're not alone.
Joe Donnelly
8.16.16
Read

The Problem with Using Video Games as Panacea for Mental Health Issues

Games are great escapes, but they're not medicine. At best, they're like using ibuprofen to treat a head injury.
Gareth Dutton
5.24.16