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Disorder, Mental Illness, and Indie Games

Marcus Estrada writes: "Video games have been around for dozens of years and yet we don’t have a long history of this form of media covering topics such as mental illness very often at all. In fact, it seems that most games finally testing the waters with such themes have come out in the past few years. These are titles such as The Cat Lady, Depression Quest, Neverending Nightmares, and a variety of others. Another trend which is readily apparent is that most big name teams are basically avoiding the topic altogether. Perhaps that’s for the best as introspective, painful stories might not mix well with high-octane FPS action and explosions. Or perhaps we’re just not open enough to that possibility."

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