I gave a talk at Freeplay about MENTAL Jam

Freeplay is an Independent Games Festival normally held in Melbourne, but this year it was online and free, and you can watch it on YouTube! It was really good to have a pre-recorded talk actually, it really helped with my anxiety. Although I still miss seeing people in real life. Thank you Freeplay for giving me an opportunity to talk about my project! (also is … Continue reading I gave a talk at Freeplay about MENTAL Jam

Counter Attack Therapy

Meet Alex, a humanoid cat in their mid-20s who works full-time. One day, they encounter some trouble at work and fall into a hole of depression and anxiety. As a friend, you will help Alex escape the evil cycle and stand firm on their feet again.Enter Alex’s world of tangled thoughts while you listen to their story. Can you guide Alex through the situation? Counter … Continue reading Counter Attack Therapy

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An Invitation to Participate in Research: MENTAL Jam

MENTAL Jam is a PhD research project, conducted at RMIT University, which is interested in understanding people’s experiences of depression and anxiety. We would like to know about your experience of depression and anxiety, including what this experience was like. We would like to develop video games about the lived experiences of depression and anxiety as a form of knowledge translation to promote empathy and … Continue reading An Invitation to Participate in Research: MENTAL Jam

How I’m coping with Self-Isolation- Game Jams

It’s been 35 days since I started my self-isolation. My flatmate left a month ago to be with her family, so I’ve been completely alone in our apartment for a while now. There are days when I have a lot of anxiety, like bricks pressing down on my chest and I can’t breathe. There are days, when I feel numb and just sit on the … Continue reading How I’m coping with Self-Isolation- Game Jams

I tried to make something for Ludum Dare 46

“Tried” being the operative word. Although I did finish something, I didn’t upload it, because I got distracted on the first day and couldn’t create an entry (I got caught up with watching “Phantom of the Opera”, which was only available that weekend). The theme of Ludum Dare 46 is “Keep it Alive”. The idea was you are trying to keep you plant alive by … Continue reading I tried to make something for Ludum Dare 46

I made a game app for Shadow’s Edge Healing Hearts Jam

For the Shadow’s Edge Healing Hearts game jam, I decided to make a game, actually it’s more like an app that allows players to make vlogs.  Since in the game Shadow’s Edge, it explores the use of journaling and art creation to improve your wellbeing. So in the same way, Healing Hearts, allows players to make vlogs based on different prompts, which are meant to … Continue reading I made a game app for Shadow’s Edge Healing Hearts Jam

I made a game for Rising Sea Game Jam

But you can’t play it yet, ‘coz it will be released as part of an album. And also because of self-isolation, social distancing, and the whole world being told to wash their hands while singing to Happy Birthday. The theme for the game jam is “Woven”, what is so interesting about this game jam is it’s a collaboration between Southeast Asian game developers. It starts … Continue reading I made a game for Rising Sea Game Jam

I made a game for Games Aid Mental Health Jam #GamesAIDMHJam

Games Aid organized an online game jam on itch.io with the theme of mental health and a duration of a week. So it’s okay to take it slow and be more relaxed about it. And I decided to join and make a game. Given the theme, I thought maybe it might be very personal, so instead of tapping my artist friends, I decided to draw … Continue reading I made a game for Games Aid Mental Health Jam #GamesAIDMHJam

Games that can help with your mental health [Part 2]

So I really entered a rabbit hole, and I performed a comprehensive search for games and apps for mental health, using this search string: (“video games” OR “serious games” OR “gamification” OR “app”) AND (“mental health” OR “depression” OR “anxiety” OR “empathy”) and publication date after 2015, in these databases: Scopus, PubMed, Medline and Embase, and it yielded quite a bit.

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Game Review: Shadow’s Edge

Shadow’s Edge is described as “game designed and developed for the sole purpose of supporting young patient’s emotional health, connecting players to themselves and their peers in similar situations in a meaningful and fun way”. The game is set in Shadow’s Edge, and at the start of the game you can see colorful graffiti on the wall (I’m getting Melbourne vibes). But a storm pretty … Continue reading Game Review: Shadow’s Edge

Game Review: ReachOut Orb

ReachOut Orb is an interactive game for teaching well-being to Year 9 and 10 students. In the game, you enter a world where a negative force known that drained color from the world and you must return color to the world. So you go around the world solving this Pacman like puzzles, talking to people and solving their problems. I like how it tries to … Continue reading Game Review: ReachOut Orb