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Doctors by day; gamers by night! Exploring interactions between mental health and gaming, and promoting wellbeing in the gaming community. In this podcast we discuss a wide range of stories regarding video games and mental health.

Doctors by day; gamers by night! Exploring interactions between mental health and gaming, and promoting wellbeing in the gaming community. In this podcast we discuss a wide range of stories regarding video games and mental health.

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United Kingdom

Description:

Doctors by day; gamers by night! Exploring interactions between mental health and gaming, and promoting wellbeing in the gaming community. In this podcast we discuss a wide range of stories regarding video games and mental health.

Language:

English


Episodes

Kirby and the healing power of cuteness!

5/20/2022
What makes Kirby so cute, and why does he make us so happy? …

Duration:01:06:49

Elden Ring and impostor syndrome

3/30/2022
We’re discussing the game of the moment, and probably game of the year, …

Duration:01:23:58

Belle: coping with grief and anxiety in the online world

2/3/2022
In the latest episode of the podcast we are having an “anime takeover”, …

Duration:01:19:31

Talking about Milk inside a bag of milk inside a bag of milk

12/21/2021
In the latest episode of the podcast we discuss the game Milk inside …

Duration:01:11:40

Goliath: Playing with Reality – speaking to the directors

11/9/2021
In the latest episode of our podcast we chat to Barry Gene Murphy …

Duration:00:46:27

Ace Attorney and dependent personality disorder

11/1/2021
Spoiler warning: this episode contains an in-depth discussion of the final case in …

Duration:01:07:38

Mental health stigma in games

11/30/2020
What is stigma, how does it apply to mental health, and what are …

Duration:01:02:57

Into a Dream – interview with creator Filipe F Thomaz

7/24/2020
Sachin (mental health doctor) talks to Filipe F Thomaz, creator of Into a Dream. This new game tasks the player with entering the dream of a man who has severe depression, so that you can explore their mind, find out how their life has led to this depression, and to help them out. They discuss the inspiration behind the game, how depression is presented within the game. They also get into some spoilers in the second half of the interview, to get into what messages and lessons the game...

Duration:01:06:19

Kelvin Plomer from Jagex discusses developer mental health

7/6/2020
Sachin (mental health doctor) talks to Kelvin Plomer, Director of Player Experience at Jagex, to learn what the company is doing to support the mental health of their staff, and how wellness culture has evolved in the workplace. Also, he discusses how Jagex along with their partner charities are raising mental health awareness among the player community. He also talks about the measures Jagex are taking to keep players safe online, and how Jagex is working to help players who find it...

Duration:01:39:36

Coping with the COVID-19 pandemic

3/16/2020
COVID-19 has been declared a pandemic, and anxiety around the illness, as well …

Duration:01:12:45

Mental health advocacy in video games – EGX panel

10/25/2019
Listen to our panel at EGX 2019 about mental health advocacy in video games. There's lots of interesting talk about how games can portray mental health well, the importance of games in raising mental health awareness, and also a whole lot about how the industry can improve and do more to take care of the people who create these games and put their own experiences into them. We were joined by: Vic Hood (games writer at TechRadar, runs the ReCharge group) Marina Díez (game designer & developer...

Duration:00:46:48

Judgement and cocaine

9/16/2019
The release of Sega’s Yakuza spin-off Judgement was delayed on the PS4 after …

Duration:00:23:28

Blue Whale, Momo, and Doki Doki Literature Club – the myths of games compelling suicide

9/5/2019
[content warning - mentions of suicide] In this episode Don, Marcus and Sachin discuss "games" which have variously been reported as the cause of suicides: but is there any known truth to such claims? We look at the phenomena of Blue Whale and the Momo Challenge - what they are, why ideas about them have spread, and what is the reality behind the scare stories. We then look at Doki Doki Literature club, which has been described in the media in a similar way to Blue Whale and Momo: again...

Duration:01:32:06

Virtual violence: “sin tax” and morality

8/13/2019
Violence in video games: does it cause violence in real life? And how do we morally feel about it? [content warning - mentions of suicide and shootings] In this episode Don, Fai, Marcus and Sachin discuss a report of a bill in Pennsylvania that would increase tax on violent games, to raise money to keep schools safer. Is it a good idea? We discuss if there's any evidence to justify such a tax. Then we talk about ways in which virtual violence could be wrong - from a moral perspective. Skip...

Duration:01:08:29

Mortal Kombat and PTSD

7/9/2019
Can people develop symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder following exposure to traumatic media? …

Duration:00:39:47

Apex Legends – who decides if the voices are real?

3/12/2019
Wraith in Apex Legends hears a mysterious voice that helped her unlock her …

Duration:00:55:11

Hikikomori and dreams in Yume Nikki

2/11/2019
[content warning - this episode features mentions of suicide and abuse within the context of the game Yume Nikki] In this episode Don, Fai, Andrew and Sachin (mental health doctors) and Hammy (medical student) discuss the experimental horror game Yume Nikki and use that as a base to discuss the Japanese phenomenon of hikikomori, and what dreams say about our minds. Read more about Yume Nikki here...

Duration:00:45:23

Episode 5 -“Gamer burnout”

1/30/2019
In this episode Sachin, Don, and Marcus (mental health doctors) discuss: – Gamer burnout: What is burnout and can you experience burnout from video games? (check out this article for more https://waypoint.vice.com/en_us/article/mby89y/millennial-burnout-gamers ). They also discuss this article on millennial burnout: https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/annehelenpetersen/millennials-burnout-generation-debt-work

Duration:00:46:16

Episode 4 - Celeste and anxiety

1/14/2019
"It's all nanomachines, it's okay" In this episode Sachin, Don, Fai (mental health doctors), and Hammy (medical student) discuss: - Celeste: how does it portray anxiety in main character Madeline and how is the game's attitude to mental health reflected in its design? (Check out this article that describes how a tough game like Celeste can be soothing: https://www.polygon.com/2018/2/8/16961386/celeste-stress ) They also discuss difficult games in general, and how "easy modes" are sometimes...

Duration:00:55:57

Episode 4 – Celeste and anxiety

1/14/2019
In this episode Sachin, Don, Fai (mental health doctors), and Hammy (medical student) discuss: - Celeste: how does it portray anxiety in main character Madeline and how is the game's attitude to mental health reflected in its design? (Check out this article that describes how a tough game like Celeste can be soothing: www.polygon.com/2018/2/8/16961386/celeste-stress ) They also discuss difficult games in general, and how "easy modes" are sometimes viewed negatively.

Duration:00:55:57