[Gamechurch article] Alienation and Accessibility in The Lady
Indie / Mental illness

[Gamechurch article] Alienation and Accessibility in The Lady

Playing MPR’s The Lady is a disturbing and deeply frustrating experience. Surreal and inexplicable, this horror game could more accurately be described as a simulation of how it feels to experience mental illness. With no guidance, the player is thrown headlong into a series of incomprehensibly counter-intuitive puzzles, overwhelmed by horrifyingly disconcerting imagery, a gnarling … Continue reading

Girls: reality, sexuality and feminism
Coming of Age / Female protagonist / Girls / Mental illness / Social commentary / Women

Girls: reality, sexuality and feminism

I recently discovered and fell in love with HBO’s award-winning series Girls. It took me some time at first, but I am now convinced that Girls is a revolutionary move in television and a huge step forward for the portrayal of women in media. Girls details the ups and downs of four very different women in their early twenties living … Continue reading

Indie / Lone Survivor / Mental illness / Post-apocalyptic

Lone Survivor, mental illness and self-care

[Warning: this post contains spoilers about Lone Survivor.} Jasper Byrne’s Lone Survivor is a game with special significance for me. Powerful writing, engaging gameplay, beautiful retro art, and a heavy, claustrophobic atmosphere made this game an immersive and emotionally raw experience. I never played Silent Hill, so in many ways, Lone Survivor was my introduction to the psychological horror genre. Though I am aware … Continue reading