When playing a game, you become immersed in the characters you play as. We often get asked, when those characters have mental health issues, how realistic are they? Are they good portrayals, or bad?
Archive for category: Character Psychology
As games become more realistic, so too do their characters. Many of our beloved heroes and heroines have displayed signs and symptoms that could be indicative of a mental health issue. Join Dr Jennifer Hazel to find out more. Features Life is Strange, Hellblade and Final Fantasy...
Continuing from last week’s episode, today we explore even more games that have featured mental illness – for better or worse. Features interviews with Alec Holowka, co-creator of Night in the Woods.
A number of video games have explored representations of mental illnesses over the years. Today the CheckPoint team looks at who does it well, who does it badly, and explores why. Featuring interviews with developer Matt Gilgenbach, creator of Neverending Nightmares.
Hellblade is a masterpiece, but it is a harrowing one. Play at your own discretion – the game could have several different triggers for those who have mental health issues or who have experienced trauma. This article contains spoilers. I distinctly remember hearing the initial announcement for...
This is Part 3 of 3. Part 1 | Part 2 If you struggle to cope, find yourself experiencing high levels of distress frequently, or compartmentalise emotions and actually feeling numb to things which should be upsetting, you may benefit from exploring your toolbox of coping mechanisms....
This is Part 2 of 3. Part 1 | Part 3 If you struggle to cope, find yourself experiencing high levels of distress frequently, or compartmentalise emotions and actually feeling numb to things which should be upsetting, you may benefit from exploring your toolbox of coping mechanisms....
What is a Defence Mechanism? Sometimes called “coping skills”, defence mechanisms are the psychological tactics we use to cope with situations that cause anxiety or distress. Each of us employs a mixture of different strategies in different amounts, and this can change over time. First described by Anna...
As CheckPoint grows as a community, we are privileged to have people coming forward and recalling their experiences of how video games and mental health came together. This article was submitted by Greg Lent. In most games, the stress of combat is simply not explored. If touched...
This article was submitted by Taylor King. It contains spoilers for The Witcher. Geralt of Rivia, The Grey Player Character The world of the Witcher is a bleak and dreary one. There aren’t many reasons for someone to want to inhabit this fantasy world like many others have....
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Join the GamerMates pro-mental health community in Stardew Valley Mutiplayer on Steam! STARDEW VALLEY CHECKPOINT FARM! The most exciting news of all has come to CheckPoint: we have our very own
Join the GamerMates pro-mental health community in Stardew Valley Mutiplayer on Steam!
STARDEW VALLEY CHECKPOINT FARM!
The most exciting news of all has come to CheckPoint: we have our very own farm! Come along to our invite-only server, where an unlimited number of GamerMates can play co-op with us. We ask you respect the creations of others and their items and the normal GamerMates language/behaviour rules apply. Have fun!
General Multiplayer Stuff
- I’m the host and my name is Grammy
- We live on CheckPoint Farm, with our cat, “Doggo”
- You get your own cabin!
- We share the same money and farmland
- We each have our own energy bar, experience points, skills and our own relationships with NPCs
- We can all get married but each NPC can only have one spouse
- Players can marry each other and have children
Always On Mod
We have an “always on” mode installed so that I can go on with my life whilst you enjoy the farm. Here’s some features while it is autorunning because I’m AFK:
- Grammy goes to sleep every day at 2am
- Grammy will go about her day as if I am controlling her
- The game pauses when no one is playing it
- Full festival support, each festival will run for 6 minutes before the scripted event begins. You can choose whether you go to the festival or not, but all active users must go to the festival to trigger it starting
- Festivals and events will notify you via chat
- If the server is reset you’ll get a 2 minute warning before kick
Simply sign up and join us in the CheckPoint discord where we arrange sessions and share session details.
(Wednesday) 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Future Event Times in this Repeating Event Series
april 3, 2019 1:00 pmapril 10, 2019 1:00 pmapril 17, 2019 1:00 pmapril 24, 2019 1:00 pmmay 1, 2019 1:00 pmmay 8, 2019 1:00 pmmay 15, 2019 1:00 pmmay 22, 2019 1:00 pmmay 29, 2019 1:00 pmjune 5, 2019 1:00 pmjune 12, 2019 1:00 pmjune 19, 2019 1:00 pmjune 26, 2019 1:00 pmjuly 3, 2019 1:00 pmjuly 10, 2019 1:00 pmjuly 17, 2019 1:00 pmjuly 24, 2019 1:00 pmjuly 31, 2019 1:00 pmaugust 7, 2019 1:00 pmaugust 14, 2019 1:00 pmaugust 21, 2019 1:00 pmaugust 28, 2019 1:00 pmseptember 4, 2019 1:00 pmseptember 11, 2019 1:00 pmseptember 18, 2019 1:00 pmseptember 25, 2019 1:00 pmoctober 2, 2019 1:00 pmoctober 9, 2019 1:00 pmoctober 16, 2019 1:00 pmoctober 23, 2019 1:00 pmoctober 30, 2019 1:00 pmnovember 6, 2019 1:00 pmnovember 13, 2019 1:00 pmnovember 20, 2019 1:00 pmnovember 27, 2019 1:00 pmdecember 4, 2019 1:00 pm
Join the GamerMates pro-mental health community and explore the awesome world of tabletop games! We'll be doing a CheckPoint themed puzzles, then learning the ways of Tabletop Simulator on Steam,
Join the GamerMates pro-mental health community and explore the awesome world of tabletop games!
We’ll be doing a CheckPoint themed puzzles, then learning the ways of Tabletop Simulator on Steam, with a variety of different board games to learn and have fun with.
(Friday) 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Future Event Times in this Repeating Event Series
april 12, 2019 4:00 pmapril 26, 2019 4:00 pmmay 10, 2019 4:00 pmmay 24, 2019 4:00 pmjune 7, 2019 4:00 pmjune 21, 2019 4:00 pmjuly 5, 2019 4:00 pmjuly 19, 2019 4:00 pmaugust 2, 2019 4:00 pmaugust 16, 2019 4:00 pmaugust 30, 2019 4:00 pmseptember 13, 2019 4:00 pmseptember 27, 2019 4:00 pmoctober 11, 2019 4:00 pmoctober 25, 2019 4:00 pmnovember 8, 2019 4:00 pmnovember 22, 2019 4:00 pmdecember 6, 2019 4:00 pmdecember 20, 2019 4:00 pmjanuary 3, 2020 4:00 pmjanuary 17, 2020 4:00 pm