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General Discussions / Videogames and depression
« on: November 26, 2012, 06:29:43 AM »
Hi guys,

First off, I'm very aware that I'm a terrible lurker around here these days. My avatar is now about a decade out of date. But I'm also aware that this community remains (by and large) one of the more intelligent gaming communities out there, so it's the logical place for me to turn to for this.

Basically, I'm currently working on an article that focuses on depression and other mental illnesses in gaming. The idea is to consider how mental illness is portrayed in games, and also to look at the accusations often levelled at gaming that it causes depression. I want to use this to ask the question of whether games have a responsibility to address depression and mental illness.

So I'm looking for a couple of things. Firstly, games that feature characters with depression and mental illness that isn't just ill-defined craziness. Secondly, I'm interested in your stories. Has a game, or gaming in general, ever made you feel depressed? Or do you have positive stories about gaming helping with such issues? Obviously this can be a sensitive issue, so if you'd rather drop me a PM, that would be great.

Lastly, if this isn't in the correct forum, then I do apologise.

Thanks guys. Hope everyone is well.

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Brush and Quill / Broadcast - My New Novel
« on: October 05, 2011, 06:03:57 AM »
Hi all! It's been a long time since I posted any creative stuff here! I've completed a writing degree and a writing masters since the last time, so I've started taking it (probably too) seriously. Anyway, I won't deny that this post is pretty shameless self-promotion. I hope it doesn't breach any forum rules.

Having finished my degrees, I've written a novel, and I'm currently sending it off to agents and publishers. So in support of that, I'm basically trying to drum up a bit of interest online/a parade of largely meaningless views and likes on various websites.

I've made a trailer for the book, which can be found here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qSH-oHCQx-4 It's very basic because I have no know-how whatsoever in making videos!

I've also started a web page for it, which is here: http://broadcastnovel.tumblr.com/ Again, quite basic and work in progress at the moment. There's a link there to read the first chapter of the book.

And lastly, the whole thing is available for purchase on the Kindle, if you're that way inclined. That can be found here: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Broadcast-ebook/dp/B005QOYG9G/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1317566238&sr=1-1

If people would be kind enough to look, comment, or click 'Like' where it's relevant, I'd really appreciate it :) Thanks for your time. Sorry if this breaks any forum rules.

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