How One Dev Is Using Games as Therapy to Reach Across Generations


#1

In the 1931 Frankenstein film, there is a scene where Frankenstein’s monster (played by the late Boris Karloff) is locked in an underground dungeon, darkness all around him. As the sun comes up, he reaches for the beams of sunlight, holds his hands up to it, trying to grasp it.


This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://waypoint.vice.com/en_us/article/8xpgev/how-one-dev-is-using-games-as-therapy-to-reach-across-generations

#2

I think this article has a great story (Alex Jimenez seems like a fascinating person) and an interesting premise. I definitely think it’s interesting to think about how games can be used to help support people with, and through, their mental health difficulties. While I think there’s a lot of potential for folks to spotlight how negative games can be (and often are) detrimental to one’s mental health, I do think there’s a space for games to have a recuperative or helpful role.

I thought this was a fascinating thread to dig out:

One of the things Burns notes about cooperative multiplayer games (both digital or physical) is that allowing some tweaks to the ruleset can build on cooperative instincts that youth may feel sheepish about acknowledging in other settings. The ability to add mods to digital games is especially useful, as making more zombies spawn in a Minecraft server can force a play group to work together, or lowering resource spawn rates in Terraria encourages communal building.

It’s not pushed further, but it’s an interesting thought from Burns. I definitely think there’s an aspect to games in which someone could either be, or play at, roles they don’t get to be in ‘reality’. If you’re not given the space to be supportive to others in your life (because, for example, you may feel sheepish or insecure about being perceived as weak elsewhere), you can take on that role in a game and explore that side of your personality.


#3

I don’t really have anything interesting to say, just wanted to comment saying that this was a great read!


#4

As a group therapist for social skills challenged teens I would like to purchase this. Seems invaluable for my practice. I googled the info but cannot find it. Please advise? Thank you so much.


#5

I was also curious about this, and haven’t been able to find info. You might be able to get more info by shooting a message to the author of this piece, Dante Douglas, over curiouscat or something like it. Good luck!


#6

Just gonna re-up what @vehemently said, but you can find Douglas’ twitter here if you want to shoot him a message or find their CuriousCat.


#7

Hello, I’m Alex Jimenez, the developer of Daylight. I am delighted in the interest this project is generating! It really restores my faith. For those who are interested in this project, I am still soliciting artwork and comments for some of the cards. Anyone interested in that or any other aspects of the game may contact me at nightraven7@gmail.com for all the details.