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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

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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.

Language:

English


Episodes

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

Episode 3 – Silent Hill 2 and symbolism of mental health

1/3/2019
[cw - suicide] In this episode Sachin, Don (mental health doctors), and Hammy (medical student) discuss: - Silent Hill 2: how does it use symbolism to portray trauma and mental health issues, and does it do a good job? (see article www.inverse.com/article/27660-sil…nami-pyramid-head for more) They then discuss games where all players work together for a common goal, and what exactly is the essence of a Metroidvania game. We're all a bit ill for this recording and so we discussed what is the...

Duration:00:49:40

Episode 3 - Silent Hill 2 and symbolism of mental health

1/3/2019
[cw - suicide] "It's Christmas somewhere in the world, right?" In this episode Sachin, Don (mental health doctors), and Hammy (medical student) discuss: - Silent Hill 2: how does it use symbolism to portray trauma and mental health issues, and does it do a good job? (see article https://www.inverse.com/article/27660-silent-hill-2-konami-pyramid-head for more) They then discuss games where all players work together for a common goal, and what exactly is the essence of a Metroidvania game....

Duration:00:49:40

Episode 2 – Esports doping and Tourette’s syndrome representation

12/19/2018
In this episode Sachin, Fai, and Marcus (mental health doctors) discuss: - Claims of stimulants used as performance enhancing drugs in esports (see article motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/…fficial-league) - A Twitch streamer with Tourette's and what this means for representation (see article kotaku.com/the-singular-life-o…streamer-1830499961) They then discuss games used for teaching!

Duration:00:50:17

Episode 2 - Esports doping and Tourette's syndrome representation

12/18/2018
"The secret ingredient was nothing" In this episode Sachin, Fai, and Marcus (mental health doctors) discuss: - Claims of stimulants used as performance enhancing drugs in esports (see article https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/3k9qpk/overwatch-esports-pro-says-probably-20-players-use-adderall-in-the-official-league) - A Twitch streamer with Tourette's and what this means for representation (see article...

Duration:00:50:17

Episode 1 - Gaming in moderation, trans representation, and Esports touring

12/8/2018
"People just want cool looking robots" In this episode Sachin, Don, Fai (mental health doctors) and Hammy (medical student) discuss: - Gaming in moderation, based on an article by student Timothy Franklin advocating this (http://collegian.tccd.edu/?p=37310) - Concerns about how Cyberpunk 2077 will handle trans identities, in light of how the tabletop game handles it, and problematic tweets from the developer (see article...

Duration:00:57:56

Episode 1 – trans representation and esports touring

12/8/2018
In this episode Sachin, Don, Fai (mental health doctors) and Hammy (medical student) discuss: - Gaming in moderation, based on an article by student Timothy Franklin advocating this (http://collegian.tccd.edu/?p=37310) - Concerns about how Cyberpunk 2077 will handle trans identities, in light of how the tabletop game handles it, and problematic tweets from the developer (see article https://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2018-08-24-the-big-cyberpunk-2077-interview) - Plans for the Overwatch...

Duration:00:57:56