Elizabeth C. on Games as Therapy

Beyond Good and Evil: Videogames as Mental Health Management Tools

Guest Article by Elizabeth C.

 

~CONTENT WARNING: This article includes frank discussion of depression and related mental illnesses.~

 

“Would it be alright if I read you something?”

I am sitting in my therapist’s office just before the holidays. He’s only asked me this question a few times before in the two-plus years that I’ve been seeing him, and I know what’s coming.

“Sure,” I respond cautiously. “Go for it.”

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Kamen Rider Calliope Myth 1:6

Kamen Rider Calliope

Myth 1, Part 6

 

It still had that hideous, bulbous eye, despite how hard Calliope’s foot had impacted it last time they crossed paths. In fact, the hulking creature looked like it had gotten a bit of an upgrade since last time; it had developed even more chitinous armor plates along its body, which bristled with spikes of their own. She wondered if the horn above its eye had gotten even larger. But maybe that’s what happens when you fatten an Ektroma up with a load of crappy human emotions. At first Kaname was worried it was coming straight for her; then that fear gave way to the much worse realization that it wasn’t. There were closer targets, a couple of students who were in the wrong place at the wrong time and now couldn’t not be, thanks to the reality-warping effects of Pandora’s Box.

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One Year Down, Many To Go

Today, February 11th, is the one-year anniversary of BloodLetterPress.

If you’re here reading this cuz you think we’re cool and you’re a fan of what we do, I’ll start out with some honesty; the anniversary date of February 11th 2017 is quasi-arbitrary. BLP has had many liminal stages of existence, like watching shapes emerge from the cover of twilight in the early-ass morning. February was honed in on cuz aside from one relatively-divisive holiday, the second month is kind of bleak and desolate without much to celebrate. Finally, I came across what I like to consider some numerological jackpot, and settled on 2(B)/11(L)/17(P).

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Kamen Rider Calliope Myth 1:5

Kamen Rider Calliope

Myth 1, Part 5

 

Classes had all ended by the time Kaname left the study club room without success. She stalked down the hall, watching other students marching merrily homeward, and felt the stinging annoyance that she still had to be here when she hadn’t even ended up attending any of her own classes that day. But this wasn’t about her right now. It seemed that Hikaru hadn’t spent much time at study club; his classmates had mentioned him looking sickly and distracted, but he had rebuffed suggestions to go home early, instead announcing his intention to continue studying in the library.

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O!susume RadioBeat : Do As Infinity

Broadcast 1: Do As Infinity

Welcome to the very first broadcast of O!Susume RadioBeat, Nagi’s personal music blog project that lets him jaw on and on about his fav Japanese artists and tries to get you, dear readers, to give them a spin as well.

After a lot of deliberation about who would take the honorary spot of this inaugural episode, Do As Infinity won out.

Do As Infinity

Years Active: 1999 to 2005, 2008 to present

Core Members: Tomiko Van, Ryo Owatari, Dai Nagao

Point of Origin: Tokyo

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Kamen Rider Calliope Myth 1:4

Kamen Rider Calliope

Myth 1, Part 4

 

The sunlight pulled itself up over the windowsill once again, but this time instead of finding an empty bed to spread out on, it fell right onto Kaname’s face. She moaned from the indignity and rolled over, and moaned again from the bubbling pain in her ribs. It had just started to settle down from when she had to reach over and subdue her alarm clock. She had lain there for a few minutes after, wondering if she had actually managed to crack or break something; but what would she even tell a doctor? Pretty much anything besides the truth, actually, it wasn’t a hard thing to lie about.

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