Tag: Health

The Search for Positive Portrayals of Fatness in Games

From childhood bullying to fake concern from friends and family to society physically and emotionally rejecting your body, being fat has always been hard. Where can a fat person turn to for an ounce of respite? Video games might be a viable option, but alas, they…

Autism & Empowerment: What Gaming Means to Me

The word “empowerment” is thrown around quite frequently in discussions surrounding identity and representation in media. Seeing or reading a positive and respectful depiction of one’s identity can have a tremendously beneficial impact on an individual, especially if said individual is from a marginalized community….

The Game Isn’t Over: Picking Up My Controller After the Election

So: last week was a bit of a colossal trashfire. Like so many of us, I’m still shocked, scared, and angry. However much the optimist in me wants to believe that it’ll all be okay, that we’ll get through the next four years somehow,…

Rolling the Dice: Trauma as a Play Mechanic

This is the second part of “Trauma as a Play Mechanic,” a cursory investigation into the use of trauma as a mechanic in games. Initially, video games and the use of programmed psychological distress was discussed, but now we’re about to delve into pencil…

‘Journey’ Retrospective: A Meditative Experience

For a long time, I have been a part of the “games are art” crowd, and wore my membership like a badge of pride. While games can be silly and fun, there’s a huge spectrum of experiences that only video games can currently provide….

CTRL+ALT+DEL: Trauma as a Play Mechanic

The use of video games in the treatment of PTSD is being covered more and more in recent years. However, what about the use of trauma in games as a play mechanic? How does one interpret the short- and long-term effects — often so…

Burning Out: Self-Care Tips for Creative Minds

“It’s easy to fall prey to the myth that a good creator is an unhealthy and haggard one. Nothing is further from the truth.” @Finickii Before I started freelancing, I thought the career path sounded very glamourous. You make your own hours, work from wherever you…

Ableism, Accessibility, & The Farce Against Casual Games

The gaming community, or idea thereof, is so wide and diverse it’s almost unfair to consider it a subgroup or subculture anymore (compared to, say, comics or anime). There are many types of games at many skills levels, but some of us would have…

‘Yoshi’s Woolly World’ & Mellow Mode: Validating All Skill Levels

I have a confession to make: I have more than two decades of experience with platforming games, and I play Yoshi’s Woolly World in Mellow Mode. Yoshi’s Woolly World is the latest Nintendo platformer centered around the company’s cynosure Mario franchise. Unlike the Mario…

Walking as a Process of Healing in ‘Lieve Oma’

Some of the most memorable and meaningful moments in video games have involved being alone in beautiful landscapes. Getting completely lost in the Canadian wilderness of The Long Dark, wandering through the pixelated meadows of Proteus or the ancient, forgotten deserts of Journey—they all surround the…