Last Night’s Mental Episode & Its Troubled, 8-year-old Gamer

We’ve been mentioning (warning?) GamePolitics readers that last night’s episode of Mental included a plot element about a violent, 8-year-old gamer.

Fidgit’s Tom Chick caught the show and serves up a detailed report [SPOILER ALERT]:

If you’re watching [Mental], you probably caught last night’s episode in which a kid is deprived of videogames, and therefore invents one in his head.

But the problem is that the videogame he invents in his head sucks… the kid ends up freaking out, hurting his mother with a knife, and then going catatonic. I know how he feels. I’ve played some bad videogames in my time, too. The kid’s hands keep twitching as if he were playing a videogame. With a console controller, of course…

 

The situation is resolved when the sensitive physician with a lot of time on his hands guides his misunderstood patient through how to play the imaginary videogame…

Once he’s beat the game in his head, he reconciles with his neglectful father and starts on his medication.

You can catch the full episode yourself at the Mental website. But you’ll have to install Fox’s video player; I’m not crazy about that…

GP: So, I watched the episode this morning and didn’t find that it especially sensationalized games. Don’t want to spoil it for anyone who may decide to check it out, so I won’t say more about that for now. Overall, the show offers a sensitive treatment of mental health issues.

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25 comments

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    Shahab says:

    You know, I think this is a crappy clone type show, and yet I’ve watched every goddamn episode. Also, the game in the kids head does suck.

     

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    Vake Xeacons says:

    And anti-gamers too. That’s one major reason; games stilmulate imagination, and the anti-gamers never had any to speak of. They don’t understand imagination and creativity, and they hate anything that has to do with it.

    "They fear what they don’t understand, and they despise what they fear." -Janos Audron

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    PoisonedV says:

     

    what. are. you. talking about. the entire point was that it wasn’t demonizing videogames, it was much more about the kids mental and other problems

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    Kincyr says:

    Once he’s beat the game in his head, he reconciles with his neglectful father and starts on his medication.

    he reconciles with his neglectful father

    neglectful father

    so nobody thinks his father being neglectful might have had anything to do with his problem?

    岩「…Where do masochists go when they die?」

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    MaskedPixelante says:

    This isn’t that odd. When I was deprived of TV when I was a kid, I would frequently start making stuff up in my head. Apparently the schools thought this was questionable behavior, and didn’t like that I had such an active imagination.

    —You are likely to be eaten by a Grue.

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    black manta says:

    Same.  I’ve used it to watch eps of Dollhouse and Fringe that my DVR failed to record.  Or in the case of the latter, to catch the last 5 minutes I missed because American Idol ran too long (Another reason for me to hate that show!)

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    1AgainstTheWorld says:

    The kid’s hands keep twitching as if he were playing a videogame. With a console controller, of course…

    I did this when I was a kid, except I used an imaginary joystick.  The other kids made fun of me because it looked like jerking off.

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    magic_taco says:

    I didnt get to watch it.. ><, I still wasnt able to get fox last night cause of the HDTV digital switch.

    I missed that and my daily dose of the simpsons.

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    MaskedPixelante says:

    The game looks like it would be one massive quick time event. I imagine there was a little voice in the kids head saying "Press X to not die"

    —You are likely to be eaten by a Grue.

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