Depression and Video Games | Sidcourse

Depression and Video Games | Sidcourse

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Hi, and welcome to the Sidcourse. Like discourse, but my name is Sid. Our minds are what make us who we are and as humans, we’re the only known beings in existence that have an understanding and control of both the mental and physical we’ve come to an age where almost any physical ailment is curable. Each day medical advancements are made to eradicate disease and bring forward innovation to help the disabled to become abled. However one thing that is still a mystery to us, is our minds. Our mental health is something we need to take seriously. All forms of media have tried to express mental health in some capacity Books, Films and Television, Books, Film and Television, both fiction and nonfiction have been used as tools to deliver messages and stories. And through it we can relate and/or empathise with those who do suffer from depression, anxiety and a slew of mental health problems. In this episode of the Sidcourse, we’re going to look at depression and mental health to see how games and gaming can or could help. Before we begin we have to get the formalities out of the way. There won’t be any major spoilers in what I say, but there may be some visual ones. You can see the games that will have some kind of spoilers here If this is something that’s going to bother you, I’d recommend turning off the video. A secondary warning for those who find the topic of depression, anxiety suicide and mental health distressing. If this is something that upsets you I would recommend turning off the video, and a tertiary warning for those who aren’t open to discuss the idea of people opening up and discussing their personal issues or stories regarding mental health. This is a video series about discussion, sharing ideas and thoughts. I’d highly recommend keeping an open mind when watching, but if that’s something that you’re unable to do I would recommend turning off the video. Depression affects over 10% of the world’s population. It’s been referred to as a chemical imbalance in the brain, as an emptiness in the soul. At the time of writing this, we don’t know exactly what it is, but we know it’s effects. These can range from mild to extreme and our mental health is an integral part of our human experience As someone who’s suffered from depression since the age of 9 or 10, ranging from low moods to self-harm and suicide attempts I know this isn’t something that can be cured, however it is something that can be managed in most cases One of the worst parts of suffering from depression is that the people around you who aren’t suffering in the way that you are… …just don’t see it. It’s invisible Receiving comments like “snap out of it”, “get up and do something” and so on are just not helpful. Which leads to the person in question feeling worse for not being able to express or explain their feelings. Symptoms of depression generally include continuous low mood or sadness, feeling hopeless and helpless having low self-esteem, feeling tearful guilt-ridden irritable and intolerant of others, having no motivation or interest in things, finding it difficult to make decisions not getting any enjoyment out of life, feeling anxious or worried and/or having suicidal thoughts, or thoughts of harming oneself. If you feel that you are suffering from these symptoms for a prolonged time I and the medical community as a whole would highly recommend speaking to your GP immediately Many people wait a long time before seeking help. The sooner you see a doctor, the sooner you can be on the way to recovery. The effects of Depression have a huge range which can even lead to long spouts of self-isolation. Japan’s been dealing with a declining population issue for quite a while. Numerous articles and studies have been done on the topic. With young men and women in the nation who have, to put it bluntly; checked out of life. Researchers have developed a specific set of criteria, which include; spending most of the day and nearly every day confined to home, marked and persistent avoidance of social situations, social withdrawal symptoms causing significant functional impairment, and no apparent physical etiology to account for the social withdrawal symptoms. The people who are diagnosed with these symptoms are labelled Hikikomori. Which loosely translates to “pulling inward” or “being confined”. This is something that affects mostly, but not exclusively, young men who face huge pressure in school and in their careers. And this isn’t an issue that is exclusive to Japan. Cases of Hikikomori can be found all over the world. In an article on the Financial Review, Ryan Avent asks “Why young men are giving up work for full-time gaming?” In it, he interviews a number of people to discuss their gaming habits, as well as their outlook on life. Some of the interviewees are described as people who work few hours, if at all, just enough to buy the games that they want, and pay the basic bills. Some are people who’ve had solid careers and find that they’d rather spend their time with games as their luxury than spend it slaving away and having no time for anything else. Even with people that I’ve personally interviewed and spoken to, one of the most common things I’ve heard is “why bother?”. As the generation who grew up in the turn of the millennium they grew up with a blend of Golden age Disney, Cartoon Network, Saturday morning television, 80s reruns, and video games. This is the nostalgic period of our collective childhood which were “the better times”. And now that they’ve grown up, with commitments, debts and an economy that seems fruitless, it’s no surprise that people are giving up on the ideas and dreams we were all told we’d have by this age. Many people that I spoke to are what the Japanese would call Hikikomori. They’re shut-ins. In fact some of my closest friends are just that. Their main interaction comes from playing video games with other people online There is a vast number of people who aren’t just giving up on work. They’re giving up on life. In a 2012 study by the office of National statistics in the United Kingdom; Suicide is the number one killer of men aged 20 to 49. 26 percent of recorded deaths of men aged 20 to 34 are from suicide, with 13% of men aged 35 to 49 It’s also our number one killer of women age 20 to 34 and the third biggest killer of women aged 35 to 49 Suicide is the single biggest killer of men aged under 45 in the united kingdom, with 76% of all suicides in 2014 being men Terminating oneself is an extreme measure, and as someone who’s also tried on plenty of occasions: It’s no joke. To some it’s a solution to what seems like a never-ending problem. A suicidal person must overcome intense emotional distress to commit the final act. And when they do, it’s because they feel a sense of: burden, emotional pain, escaping negative feelings, altered social world, and hopelessness There have been games that have tried to talk about depression and mental illness. Some come off very unfriendly and in your face about it, which doesn’t help. One game that did it exceptionally well is Infinite Fall’s Night In The Woods. This game follows the story of Mae Bukowkski, a 21 year old college dropout who has returned to live at home with her parents. It’s not common for the residents of Possum Springs to move on to bigger things outside of it’s quaint town, but Mae had the opportunity. Night in the Woods is the coming of age story for 20-30 year olds. Not something that’s all that common as far as entertainment media goes. Coming of age stories were reserved for teenagers and told tales of young people growing up and dealing with the realities of life. But the world has changed. The films and tv shows from the last century are no longer relevant when trying to connect to people who are “coming of age”. We live in times where the dreams of growing up, getting a place of our own, marrying the person you love and settling down no longer exist the way we were told. We live in an age of constant technological innovation. The dreams of generations before us; of working hard and having everything no longer apply. And Night In The Woods is one of the first stories to address the zeitgeist of our modern era. College and university education is overpriced, extremely stressful and has zero promises of a fruitful future. Not everyone is gonna make it and succeeds. And this is why the game was so well received amidst it’s flaws. In filmmaking, there’s a general rule of “show, don’t tell.” Where having exposition that’s quite blatant ruins the story and motivations. And as games being the next stage of creative expression, the rule evolves to “do, don’t show.” Night In The Woods, as a game that didn’t pander to any demographic or show us “hey look at me, this is a game about depression and how it affects people.” It had us do the actions. The game’s mechanics are walking and talking. And when you’re limited to just dialogue options, It feels honest within its limitations and true to its fleshed out cast of characters. I have a lot of problems with this game, but I can’t ignore one of my favorite aspects of night in the woods; It’s portrayal and presentation are magnificent. We have a very indie illustrated aesthetic, which is beautiful in it’s own right. The colours aren’t overly saturated, but they aren’t muted either. The shapes are sharp, but not so much that they’re harsh and unrelatable. It’s an incredibly beautiful game to look at, and more importantly, it’s true beauty comes from how it portrays its characters. Everyone in Possum Springs is presented as an anthropomorphic animal of some kind. Cats, dogs, bears, mice, birds and whatever Bea is supposed to be. Cats, dogs, bears, mice, birds and whatever Bea is supposed to be. And it’s not because they are indeed cats and dogs and so on. There are clearly other living creatures in this world that act as animals in our world do. The residents of this town are presented this way because it allows us – the audience, to connect immediately to them. If you’ve ever read Scott McCloud’s “Understanding Comics”, you’ll be familiar with this page where he explains how the simpler you make a face, the easier it is to relate. In fact, we use similar imagery everyday in our communications. Emoticons & emojis are just representations of our feelings. When someone sends a smiling face with their message, we associate their face smiling with it. The more complex that you draw a face, the less then we can relate to it, and place ourselves within it. In the case of this particular game, each character has a relatively unique face. None of the faces are distinctly human, however the basic shapes manipulated in certain ways allow the characters to express emotions that we can understand, just like with emojis. The other benefit of using non-human faces, is that we as the audience can’t associate any preconceived characteristics, stereotypes or ideologies on them. Looking at these characters, we can’t tell their race, gender or sexual orientation. Things that when we look at anyone, whatever stereotypes, conscious or unconscious, are present and how we act towards them. We all act differently towards different people in different ways and as much as we’d like to tell ourselves that we treat each other equally, we don’t. Night In The Woods allows us to get around this and take each of these characters as they are without prejudice and let their words and actions define themselves. The characters in this game are relatable, with more than just one dimensional representations of different mental health problems. They and their conversations are the soul and driving force behind everything in this game. With the core mechanics in this game being walking and talking, Even the core plot takes a back seat for the first few hours in order for the player to take in the world and start placing themselves inside of it. Immersion is, in my personal opinion, the primary indicator of success for a game. Even though high fidelity graphics and sound are a selling point, players still gravitate to games like: Counter-Strike, League of Legends and World of Warcraft, whose visuals are simple enough to work on low-end hardware. And on the other hand, even gameplay isn’t the primary factor either, as games like Night In The Woods and Firewatch have very few mechanics that could just play themselves. However, games that let the player be in them, to immerse them are what we as the gaming audience gravitate to Whether it’s a walking simulator, action RPG or military shooter, immersion is key. And I’ve found that maybe immersion is something that can help people suffering from depression. I’d recommend watching a video by Writing On Games, where Hamish Black discusses how Dark Souls helped him cope with suicidal depression. His personal story of playing the game, which by all accounts appears to be an antithesis of joy, was actually something that helped him. Discovering that the game’s mechanics and challenge was actually a celebration of life. Through interviews with friends and strangers online, I found in particular one story from a friend that grabbed my attention. He’s been suffering from clinical depression for well over a year, dropping out from college and struggling to find his feet and what to do. However, one thing he enjoys the most is playing Dark Souls III. In fact all the footage of Dark Souls III on my channel has been provided by him When asked about why he perseveres in Dark Souls but not real life, he said; “You know there’s a goal, and your progress, even though it’s slow, you can see that you’re moving forward. Dodging and fighting and beating a boss feels great. Failing in Dark Souls feels like learning.” Personally, I wouldn’t agree. Failing over and over again gives me an anxiety that paralyzes me, but I can understand why he feels that way. Regardless of how difficult and challenging a game like Dark Souls may be, my friend, and many others like him, find it a lot easier to deal with than the real world. Being immersed in a world that you know you can come back and do better in is motivating. Knowing that all is not lost and the power within to come back from the worst case scenario is possible and motivating. However, in the socio-economic climate that we live in, he and many others, can’t translate that to the real world. It’s heartbreaking to hear that people I know and care for feel like they’ll never achieve anything or feel like they’ll never be loved or do anything with their lives. To feel hopeless and apathetic towards life and think “why bother?” It is strange that when juxtaposed, that gruelling battles against demi-Gods and monsters beyond imagination are less scary than social interaction, but none the less it’s understandable. You know what you’re getting in a crawl through dungeons and kingdoms where everything is out to get you. but in the real world you don’t know what someone else wants, what they think or their motives are. You may already have preconceived notions about people before you meet them, and the anxiety for the worst thing that could happen builds and builds inside you. In a number of cases that I looked into, many people suffering from depression and anxiety have a game that they refer to for it’s challenge and/or immersion. The “sad game” is like the album or playlist you play when you’re sad or going through a breakup. It’s a game that you find yourself referring to as a means of comfort or escape, regardless of challenge. Almost any game fits in that category. My friend uses Dark Souls III and Nuclear Throne. I have another friend who plays World of Warcraft religiously. My girlfriend plays Party Hard and Broforce, and I play Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands. If you were to ask me what my game of the year was for 2017 so far, in the year of Horizon Zero Dawn, Breath of the Wild, Nioh, Nier Automata and Prey, I would tell you my game of the year so far is Ghost Recon: Wildlands. And obviously, I’m going to need to provide some context. For me personally, I get a lot of anxiety attacks. I probably went through about 10 just writing the script to this essay for the three months I spent working on it. Sometimes I get it when I’m trying to decide what I want to play. With a giant library of games that never seems to end, I just sometimes feel like I can’t. There’s the guilt of spending so much money on games that I’ve never played, the remorse of is this game going to be a waste of my time or not? However, one thing I can rely on is the shared experience with a friend or two. Ghost Recon Wildlands is far from a perfect game. At times, it struggles to be a good one. However, one thing I feel that most critics fail to realise is that this is a game that’s not meant to be played solo. It’s a co-operative experience with a tacked on story for the sake of story. Playing games with friends is one of the simplest and easiest ways of dealing with depression. Having friends next to you in couch co-op or on a voice server to play games and share experiences is cathartic. Any game is better with friends. Even not so great games like Wildlands. The reason that this game is game of the year for me is because of my friend Philip. He’s an engineering student in Germany He’s an engineering student in Germany and we’ve been playing Wildlands since it’s release. three months that we’ve been playing the game, we’ve completed less than half of what the game had to offer. We don’t play on our own, we don’t play with others, and we don’t play without each other. And the weekly hour or so sessions that we have; we do the missions and side quests. Sometimes we just drive around aimlessly, shooting cartel members. Honestly, just driving and drifting on mountain roads and talking about life and nothing is my kind of therapy. And that subjective experience is the best gaming experience I’ve had this year. I’m sure most people would say the exploration in Breath of the Wild or turning into a mug in Prey, or something else is the best experience they’ve had in 2017, but for me, switching between ultra stealthy infiltration missions to crazy helicopter rides to aimless driving is the most fun I’ve had this year because those experiences are shared. With a friend, who understands. If we’re having a difficult time in a mission, we’ll do it again, together. Whereas if I were to play by myself, I’d probably not return back to the game. When you’re depressed or feeling low, having others around may not solve the problem, but it can be incredibly helpful. So in conclusion Yes, I do believe that games and gaming can help people who are depressed, anxious, or suffering from mental illness. There’s a wide spectrum of ailments that people deal with on a daily basis ranging from the mild to the extremely severe. In the modern western world, we have a lot of realities that we’re going to be facing and none of them are easy. However games aren’t the Be-all and end-all solution. It takes time, patience, awareness and a will to learn and accept these things. Life isn’t easy and sometimes, you’re going to need help. You should remember that you need to be kind to yourself, to take care of yourself. There will be times in life when everything feels horrible. You’ll feel like giving up, not caring and just letting the world pass you by. You won’t know what you’re doing and where you’re going or how to get there. But, to quote the internet: “One thing in life you can learn from video games, if there’s an obstacle in front of you, you’re going in the right direction.” Thanks for watching. I hope you enjoyed the video. You should take away from this video is if you’re suffering from Depression and/or anxiety You need to talk to someone. Whether it’s a friend or family, someone you can trust, or maybe even a stranger I understand that talking about things like this can be tough and finding someone that you can even talk to about it, can be even harder. If you feel like you can’t talk to anyone, then talk to me. I’m more than happy to listen. You can send me a tweet or message on Twitter, but if you’d like to actually have a conversation with me I’ve set up a discord that you can join hangout in, or give me a call on when I’m off work. Are there any games that have helped you in depression? Do you have a “sad game” that you refer yourself to? leave a comment below and let me know what you think about this video? Leave a comment below and let me know what you think about this video with a like or dislike. Feel free to share this video with anyone you think might find it useful and if you’d like to see more episodes of the Sidcourse, Please subscribe. Stay sexy

100 thoughts on “Depression and Video Games | Sidcourse”

  1. An excellent video as always, Sid. You've got a bar of quality within three videos that most never reach.
    I'll definitely have to check out Night in the Woods, as I find mental health to be one of the most unjustly unexplored areas of or day to day lives. Games are ripe for exploring it, and at least some are doing it with subtlety and relevance.

  2. Not many people with depression want to go to a doctor…why? Because they don't want to go back to their daily , nonesensful and full of daily problems lifes with other people that don't care about things, that dont't have any connection with their own business, even though this things they are focused on, don't make any sense in objective point of view.
    People with depression see more, and care 'bout more things than other people.

  3. Thank you for this honest and helpful video. Depression is a real thing and it's good to know someone else understands. Game is a double edge sword like anything else but knowing why you play can help moderate or eliminate the habit if you declare it to not serve your purpose.

  4. When dealing with loneliness, I often turned to Minecraft. I find that both the tedious nature of collecting resources & the taxing creative side of building help if I want to relax, recuperate, and relieve my occasional anxiety & obsessive thought patterns.

  5. Just like your friend i found dark souls 3 to be extremely therapeutic as the game the first thing it taught me was that it will fuck me over and over and beat me senseless
    No one will help me in that game

    i was ready to quit as the tutorial boss dropped me like 30 times
    And the 31 i beat him. The joy the acceleration
    My heart was pounding like if i just ran for my life
    And i kept going
    i decided to play alone and not use any summon sign ( even npcs ) as i felt the game taunting me when i asked some help
    And when i beat the game
    The ending was so..underwhelming
    All this to just sit in a bonfire??
    And i started the game all over and got the ending i wanted
    now i was the lord of hollows
    the usurper of the flame

    And when a game has a lesson about life to teach
    That even when you get to the end
    it can all be so… shit
    you need to start over and see where you missed something important and then you'll get what will make you happy

    I find it beautiful

    Greetings from argentina

  6. i quite relate to the ghost recon part, some years ago i had discovered things about my sexuality, but living with my family just made me feel like, im the wrong piece of the puzzle, so i found discord, i had friends who understood they loved me, and listened, i personally loved playing Stardew valley or HOI4 for fun talking till 3am, until one day my family saw messages, and isolated me from these friends, i cant find one single person to relate irl, and i have started theraphy but, meds are just killing me, everytime i take one feels like i will depend on that forever, and everything i miss is the good moments of laughing at how the AI of HOI4 didnt know how to play, i came here acctually from an other channel but iv been watching your videos and it just feels amazing to hear someone say something like that, something relateable.
    Thanks.

  7. Feeling no interest in the things that I used to enjoy made me feel sick of life. Like there was no escape to my problems. In a kind of way, I'm grateful for it, I feel like it made me confront all those negative thoughts and feelings just to get through them and give the problem a solution

  8. It also doesn't help if your family members judge the living shit out of you because you enjoy video games. Just saying.

  9. I love this video so much. It's helped me understand that gaming itself isn't my problem, it's just a way for me to cope with whatever I'm dealing with IRL. Gaming feels good. It can be a shared experience. It can teach you what learning is through failing and perseverance. But that's all it is. Entertainment. A drug. A mind-numbing drug can lead you to a downward spiral if you're not careful enough. But games will NEVER be the THE reason why somebody has depression. Depression comes from real-life circumstances, like poor relationships, grueling finances, grief, etc. But there is hope and ways to cope with all that. Even if for now, that means playing games. Do what you must to stay alive, as long as you aren't hurting another living being.

  10. Playing Hollow Knight was my thing for 2017. The music and color scheme in the entire game is melancholy and the ending is straight up just bittersweet and depressing if you especially get attached to some of the characters at the end but the fact I could feel intense emotions from a small metroidvania game felt like I wasn't alone and I was still there, I can still feel. That I wasn't some apathetic loser of a human being.

  11. I used to be very depressed and addicted to games. I am still depressed but not as addicted anymore. My mum used to make me feel bad about myself because of it. I never felt like I am wasting my time, games helped me survive, stopped from committing suicide. I wish my family understood it. I stopped playing games but it doesn't feel like my family appreciates it.

  12. Thanks for the great vid man! I can definitely relate. I'm really glad you powered through your anxiety to put this together.

    Some of my fondest memories as a kid were of the experiences I had with friends playing video games. It brought me a joy I cannot describe. It has given me ideas and a brighter imagination of what is possible. I think that if you are into TV, books, audiobooks, or music, you should like video games. They are interactive, and thus provide some mental challenge, choice, and active learning opportunities as opposed to just spectating.

    I have gone back and forth about my guilt playing video games due to me feeling stuck and not accomplishing things when playing them. However, of late, I have found that I was depressed for totally different reasons. I had another addiction that was much more harmful (porn and masturbation) that would drain the happiness and life out of me. I couldn't delineate if video games or porn were causing me to feel how I did. Now I know that porn was the real issue, and the constant masturbation (once a day, not totally crazy) was draining me of nutrients, harming my nervous system, setting back my dopamine reward center, and fucking me up completely.

    Now, I think that video games can be a very cool way to escape reality and have an "active meditation" of sorts where we get to play out possible realities and situations using our minds. I think that this will only increase in the future, and it will allow us to learn and experience things in a much more sustainable and fun way.

    All in all, I think your video hits the nail on the head. We are too hard on ourselves sometimes. We know we need to do the right thing, and that's important, but our ancestors were as lazy as they possibly could be. I think we do need to work hard and contribute to society, but video games give us a really cool way to relax and explore realities we have never known.

    Cheers,
    Matt

  13. The Witcher 3 is the game I always refer to as a “sad game”. The story and immersion of this game just takes me out of the stress of school and shit. This game fucking saves me.

  14. I suffered with Depression but I have improved and for the most part recovered and I'm happy again and gaming was quiet useful for me with coping even if i was very shut in but the people you meet can make you feel great and help you, even from people you least expect it from! GG amazing vid.

  15. I'm into racing games but at min I haven't had energy and and motivation to play I feel like giving up on everything

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  17. You are by far the most touching YouTuber I've ever met, I don't think anyone else has understood how I have felt almost all my life like you

  18. this was amazing!!! so well thought out and enjoyable. it was nice to hear from someone else that suffers and finds refuge in digital realms. when im sad i need to play anything with a stat based inventory or huge walls of text to mindlessly absorb. something by nintendo super ultra brightly colored. even if i start a playthrough and dont go back for a while. anything without achievements really i feel like modern games can be alot more stressful but theres definitely a sweet spot. i had to stop playing alot of shooters and ultra violence gotta just zone out with civ and endlessly compare variables and build something up. i think its gameplay mechanics i find the most engaging, that and long comments

  19. "If there's an obstacle in front of you, you're going in the right direction."

    That's a powerful quote, one of my all time favorites. I'm saving that one.

  20. I tried to make a game about depression myself. You can check it out on steam its called "Fear for Freedom" (its only 5-10 min long and free). I tried to design it to highlight the players flaws. It became a very hate it or love it game because of this approach. But a few people really seemed to "get it" and it kind of made making it worth it. It was loosely inspired by "the static speaks my name" which is an amazing game about depression too.

  21. I am an avid #MentalHealthAwareness advocate and performer, and I love this so much. I travel the country trying to bring that awareness on stages, in classrooms, hospitals, and on my YouTube channel, so I get excited when I see other advocates. ?❤

  22. This is amazing, thank you for explaining it to everyone who doesn't understand. For me open world games do it for me, recently i've been playing games made for meeting people such as VRchat, also i play hand simulator

  23. 00:16 like i was really invested but "medical advancements are made" over footage of surgeon simulator using the buzzsaw just killed me

  24. You are honestly one of, if not, the nicest people/ person I have ever had the pleasure of listening to. I pray for the best for your family, girlfriend, career, and you.

  25. My sad game(s) was/were borderlands 2, the pre sequel, and fallout 4. That was until my father permanently banned all first person shooters. And recently I've realized I have more of an attitude with my parents recently… I wonder why…

  26. I’m not very open about this stuff, but i feel i can open up about it. I don’t have depression i have anxiety and it affects me on a daily basis and can sometimes just ruin days especially when i have panic attacks. But i always turned to games when pressure of peers and my own anxiety and panic attacks get too me i play games. And it does help, it helps me cope and just lets me relax and just think straight sometimes. I’ve told people about my anxiety and i have gotten help, but it will always be there and i have to accept that, but games will always be there too meaning if even for a short time i can just relax.

  27. Anybody struggling with mental health and depression play on Xbox one? Feel free to message me we can play games together and work through this shit

  28. I do not have any friends.I do have online or in my Home country.Where i reside now , i do not have any.

    I love games and that helps to pass time in a good way(i suppose).I do gym and i offer my Religious prayers (5 times)

    So , this is what i do.But still , this void of not having friends does sometimes bother me..

  29. I know this is an old video but I guess my “Sad game” would be Halo OFDST I don’t entirely know why because there are games that I’ve thoroughly enjoyed and “mastered” to a degree that I honestly take more pride in but Halo ODST feels so right when I’m alone or depressed.

    I guess it’s the feeling of isolation as the Rookie PC going through the night avoiding or ambushing covenant patrols and finding bits of story throughout the city. I just enjoyed the atmosphere I can even say I liked being the Rookie because despite being alone against the covenant onslaught he/I prevailed and though I’ve died countless times, like dark souls, I tried again and again until the plan I’ve thought of when battling brutes,engineers, hunters, and jackals finally falls into place and I’m again alone but more triumphant.

    I like to think of my experience playing ODST as therapeutic because unlike the main Halo titles there aren’t grand stakes that gravitate towards the PC you’re just a soldier in a city already laid siege upon by an uncaring force of gargantuan proportion and you’re just doing your best to survive and catch-up. I feel connected to every struggle each member of Buck’s squad goes through and every mission feels so gratifying to compete because I knew that every victory was on the foundation of defeat.

    I’m probably looking too much into this but I like to think my idea of what ODST was to me made me realize I can overcome my situation even if it isn’t as grand as I would like it to be I just know that it’s possible even with the handicaps placed upon me.

    Overall I like video essays like these because they’re more open to audience interaction rather than being matter of fact. It’s more so praising video games for the experience they offer over gameplay,graphics, and other factors that games are reviewed upon primarily. I feel that giving the audience this type of atmosphere invites the discourse you offer and it makes me feel better knowing despite some of your experiences being different I can still enjoy and relax knowing we can learn from each other’s experiences

  30. I suffer from depression and anxiety. My main problem with dealing with it is that the people who are supposed to help me through it don’t. Video games has distracted me from everything, moving forward through shit talks with my friends that I’ve known for years. And the interactions I’ve had with them. The pure satisfaction of winning in games and so on and so forth. Though struggling with suicidal thoughts and depression and the lack of motivation to do things is horrible. Currently stuck in the situation where “tough love.” Seems to be the way my parents like to deal with it. They don’t understand it, and they also don’t understand that video games help so much. I currently don’t know what to do.

  31. As a guy who wasted his formative years on video games i can tell you video game’s negatives far outweigh the positives. Its a virtual problem to solve and artificially satisfies a person’s desire to achieve. It is meant to break a society down, just like porn (which I also fell victim to) both of these satisfy a drive to achieve in life. People spend energy on things that dont matter, and have nothing to show for it: depression.

    Edit: foods and movies/tv does the same. We are constantly bombarded by hypnotizing and coma inducing devices. Videogames are just the tip of the ice burg and i would say are the least of our problems.

  32. I have been struggling with some issues in my life for the last couple of years, starting with dropping out of college and the later the death of my mother, and when i got over one thing, something else comes up to bring me back down. Right after the holidays i got some severe money and job troubles. Combined with the (for me) naturally depressing winter season, It utterly crushed my spirits. I had been sort of a soulless husk all through january and February.

    During this time, I had played my ps4 in my down time, mainly car games/driveclub. It was fun. However i had my eyes on Forza Horizon 4, an xbox exclusive. On a whim, i went to my game store and traded my ps4 for an original xbox one with FH4, cheapest one for pretty much no cost. While utterly hasty, It was the absolute best decision i had made in this time period. I honesty had so much fun that it made me forget my troubles and started to feel happy again. I'm really passionate about cars, and i got really immersed in this game. While my troubles arent all the way fixed, they have improved quite dramatically, and Forza Horizon 4 could help me forget about it while I'm on. It, along with all the little good things over the last month, have made me start feeling excitement and happiness again 🙂

    (Despite the profile pic, im sort of an xbox noob. I saw it on a meme and thought it looked cool :P)

  33. This video needs to be promoted more. Thank you Sid, thank you so much for opening up and sharing. It has helped me realize that I do need to seek help after 5 years of depression and more than 15 or anxiety that has affected my life and made me miserable. So once again, thank you from the bottom of my heart!

  34. Witcher 3 is my comfort game. I find myself connecting to Geralt in ways that I never could with someone real, because you can't just climb into someone's head and become them for a bit ; I can escape being "just some girl" into becoming a legend like Geralt of Rivia, someone with importance. Accomplishments are rewarded, and if you cannot reach a goal yet you know you are learning. Real life is unpredictable, unrestricted by code like that, so it's easy to feel like you're stuck on a treadmill. A treadmill riddled with spikes that is running at 70mph. There's no "mission accomplished" sequence, it's easy to feel like that.

  35. The Devil May Cry series, specifically 3, 4 and 5 is my Sad Game Playlist. Everything that happens is usually expected and I have a way of being creative and finding new ways to express myself. I never have to worry about the unexpected too much.

  36. Awesome video bro! I am trying to learn how to make cool videos like this. Woudl luv any suggestions you have ???

  37. Where the hell are you, man? Been thinking about ur channel every week since I've discovered you a year ago. Come and burn this place down with the fire you took from wherever the hell you are now.

  38. I head to roblox when I’m feeling sad because the childlike feeling of it cheers me up also it seems to have a fairly nice community

  39. games do help with depression my go to is Skyrim it is more than a game my family doesn't understand that years of verbal and physical abuse Hase a effect on your personal life I don't trust anyone I don't go out and mingle my family just think I'm a lazy and lousy son I have tried to make them understand but I have learned that it's a lost cause sorry for the long comment just needed to vent

  40. I’m a Sophomore in High School and I feel like giving up and what I mean is just dropping out of High School. I don’t know what I’m going to do once I’m on my own. Haven’t played Video Games in 2 years.

  41. Excellent video, so far… Had to stop when you started digging into Night in the Woods. Will come back once I've finished playing the game.

  42. Hey Sid. Hope you're doing well mate. I come back to this video sometimes and it helps tremendously. Hope is a gift you give yourself, I suppose, no matter how much it sounds like something off a cubicle motivational poster.

  43. I am DEPRESSED cause of GAMES

    you may want to know why?

    i have pretty much shitty laptop
    Last month i bought gta v
    But i am not able to play it smoothly even on lowest settings possible (i changed every setting to lowest possible trought settings txt) still 15 fps

    For me i am enjoying games but now i am depressed out of it

  44. today i reached hopelessness a dangerous feeling to have when you battle with childhood PTSD.. today my wife is worried she is losing me today i am worried that shes right we both are losing me and im scared… i normally play video games as a distract rfom my problems as i never learned to cope. im sorry my love i hurt to much im really trying… activley crying right now.

  45. We all need God to feel that void in our lives. Sin is pleasuresble for only a season but the Love that God feels you with is eternal and everlasting n no man can take that away from you! ❤️❤️✌️✌️John 10:10.

  46. It's been more then a year since I first saw this video. And it's like my 5th or 6th time watching it now.
    Everytime I cry, everytime i'm in a low point, but I feel a tiny bit better afterward.
    Thank you for the video you made, especially this one, it helps.

  47. I had undiagnosed depression and panic disorder until I was 19. Instead of going outside and playing with other kids, I preferred to play video games by myself. I suppose it was easier to delve into a fantasy world and pretend to be someone else rather than face my own self-doubt. When I turned 18, I got into college right out of high school. I was suddenly hit with an extreme bout of depression, anxiety and panic attacks to the point that I couldn't even function. I barely made it through my first year of college. I won't go into great detail, but mental illness runs rampant on one side of my family and I was blessed to have my mother with me, who also suffers from depression. If it wasn't for her recognizing the warning signs, I doubt I'd be here right now. I was always convinced that I 'missed out on my childhood' because I wasted it playing video games instead of interacting with other children my age. Once I recovered and stabilized at the age of 21, I swore I would never touch video games again. I sold all my gaming consoles, save for my PS2 and a handful of precious games I just couldn't part with. I'm 29 years old now, and I don't think that all of this is necessarily true. I had a distorted view of the world back then, and it wasn't until a few years ago that I realized that I was blaming video games, when really what they did was help me cope. They brought me joy in times when I felt my worst. At the very least, they motivated me to get up in the morning on days I wanted to just stay in bed and fade away. I've made peace with this, and I am looking forward to purchasing a PS4 soon and rekindle my love of gaming that I never should have hated in the first place. You can't lay blame on something, there is no blame with mental illness. It is just there and you just have to do your best to manage it.

    My religious comfort games or sad games are Haunting Ground and Rule of Rose on PS2. Most likely because I can easily empathize with that feeling of helplessness these two female protagonists must endure through most of the game.

  48. One friend just showed me this video, and i love it!! I suffered anxiety and depression back in 2014/2015 and video games and also a psychologist help me to overcome, i loved and ill remember the GTAV sessions with my best friends (I was an expat back in the days) that helped me with the anxiety. Good work Sid and thank you!!!

  49. This is one of, if not, the best video i've ever seen on Youtube. The way you write your essay and make your argument is extravagantly thought out. Your use of logic, credibility, and emotion (all 3 rhetorical appeals) is fantastic. The video was so good I watched it again right after I did the first time.

  50. great video…good job 😉

    one thing that helps in everyday life is having tasks written on the notpad on your mobile phone…you write down what will you do that day (i do week plan, 7 days) and just go deleting one by one which is completed. its step by step progress witch is easily seen and if you are all rounder, do many things you will not forget anything. when you look at life you can only do as much that day gives you oportunity, so in fact your longest plans that require thinking come down to simpliest doing things day by day. when you start with your notpad you will not be doing all stuf you set for yourself but you must be kind and forgiving to yourself, then after a wile you start doing all things you set up. it becomes a habbit and you are set to do great things. But also remember there is no succes witch will satisf you completly, its in your nature to grow and want do better, have more… it comes to enyoj the ride, do things as if you are going to live forever, with great awarness and calmly… it turnes out better then man who does it constantly pressured by prize witch he chases. you start to learn how to get into your "zone", its like a state in witch everything is developing nicely, your maximum ability comes out and energy invested in doing something is not wasted, it goes a little bit like bumerang, more you do, more you are later able to do, you can sleep less but have more energy, its like a state of you going super sayan, hyper mode "on"… 😉

    Also to say, there is a space to put gaming into that, in healty amount, but i am a little bit compulsive when it comes to gaming so i function better without gaming at all…i just cant control myself so i quit it. always when things get complicated in my life, i tend to think about gaming to escape from life, but i am now aware of that and i know there is some thing i need to do to get rid of that nostalgic feeling "i want to be kid again and just play". If game is puling you in it means there is something wrong in your real life that needs to be solved, or you are dealing with problems that are easier if you cool down a little bit from it all… so it can be good to some people but to those like me who get compulsive about a game it is devastating

  51. Hello…i know i'm very late for this video but….i'm glad i found it..

    I'm a lonely player, even the online peoole i've met has left me… it's very hard but….it makes me feel a bit better to know i'm not alone, we exist.

    I only play single player games like…The Witcher 3, Horizon, Red dead 2 and so on…

    Lately i got Battlefront 2, hope i'll have a great time..

    Anyways, thanks for your work..

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