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It’s said that gamers are lonely and depressed. Most of their time is spent alone, in the dark and staring at a computer screen. In truth, nothing is more exhilarating than blowing up your enemies and causing harmless mayhem in a normally orderly society. Who has time for depression? Still, these games seem to help. If you ask us, it’s just too depressing to think about…
Like its name suggests, Depression Quest is a game dealing directly with coping with anxiety caused by the stresses of our everyday world. Critics fault the game for its male only storyline and obvious links to external websites pushing medication and treatment. Like Big Pharma itself, it’s really all about pill pushing. The game’s creator, a woman, was later hounded out of her home and driven underground by death threats. Yikes!
Entwined is a beautifully crafted, peaceful game with no weaponry and lyrical imagery overladen by a lilting, musical soundtrack. The goal is to unite the impossibly matched bird and fish into a magic, soaring dragon. In other words, quite lame…
A real downer about a loser from Toronto, Actual Sunlight seems to have no redeeming qualities whatsoever. The art is minimal, the action boring and the ending inconsequential. Gamers can’t get enough of it…
Sym starts in the bowels of a lonely void and ends as the character breaks through to the bleak, desolate, craggy surface of a world not worth living in. Sounds delightful!
Monument Valley has been described as “moody” and “atmospheric” as Princess Ida solves puzzles, unravels illusions and climbs the 10 levels to a pointless conclusion. Other reviews have noted its greatest strength: It’s short…
Aether is a grayscale game whose point is to convert the drab world into a universe of dazzling color. Traveling ever upwards, a small boy watches the Earth below shrink in the vastness of space until, finally, it disappears in a violent burst of fiery red flame. Perfect…
Flower appears to be a Zen game with the action and interest of watching a tropical fish tank for hours on end. It follows the course of a gust of wind carrying leaves and flowers along its soaring course through various, restful landscapes unfolding beneath a benevolent sky. The general consensus among players: “Mesmerizing.” Translation: Prozac for the eyes…
The gameplay in Elude centers around a boy in the forest who steadily makes his way up mountains and through treetops to the open sky in a quest to rise ever upwards. To nowhere. The depressing conclusion? Happiness is fleeting. Sorrow is inevitable. Disappointment inescapable. Get used to it…
Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien is an auto side scroller with a running character jumping and avoiding obstacles on a total of 95 stages. Apparently, the key to fighting depression in this game is the non-stop action, which requires the player to concentrate solely on the goal of beating the game. Essentially, like life itself, it’s an endless series of distractions intended to avoid the inevitable: Everybody dies…