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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.

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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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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English


Episodes

Episode 6 – Hikikomori and dreams in Yume Nikki

2/11/2019
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[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
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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
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"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
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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
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[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
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[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
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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
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"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
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"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
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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