Games can be very therapeutic at times, and GOG certainly features quite a few in its Spring Sale, but there’s only so much they can do before professional help is needed, of which Safe in Our World can say quite a lot.
It seems no coincidence that the last freebies Lorelai and Neurodeck: Psychological Deckbuilder (see these articles for the former and the latter) dealt with psychological problems. Together with Safe in Our World there’s a specially curated games collection that is worth investigating (with most games discounted until the end of the Spring Sale on April 3, 2023, at 10 PM UTC). The highlights for me, at least the ones I’ve already reviewed are:
Stardew Valley (see the review)
Spiritfarer: Digital Deluxe Edition (see the review)
A Short Hike (see the review)
Fran Bow (see the review)
The Cat Lady (see the review)
However, there’s much to talk about, which GOG does in an interview with Rosie Taylor, Safe In Our World’s Content & Community Manager. It’s about both mental health within the gaming industry and the gaming community, so it’s something that has a wide range and is very important to those either directly or indirectly affected.
Without taking too much away, it’s an interesting read in which Taylor mentions a list of mental health related games and apps which focus on indies, serious games, but also some unexpected AAA titles. The stories section is worth diving into, as it sometimes discusses games as well. Of course if one doesn’t manage to relieve some stress or cope with problems thanks to the curated games selection, then finding help on the Safe In Our World is a possible way to address these issues.
On a personal note: I can’t stress enough how important games were for me in the past, still are, and will be in the future. Despite some media outlets trying to pull the “Games are evil” lever, there’s so much gaming can bring to the table thanks to emotional storytelling or sometimes just a simple way to calm down, relieve stress, or even getting to know and play together with other people. In a time when Corona has become a constant that unfortunately seems to be shoved under the rug of ignorance, it’s all the more important to talk about mental health as much as physical health in more than just one way.
So thanks to GOG and Safe in Our World for this cooperation!
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