Depression Quest: Raising Awareness Through Interactive Fiction-Based Gaming

February 20, 2013 -

A new game called Depression Quest hopes to raise awareness about the challenges of someone living with depression by using interactive fiction as its medium. The browser-based game was created by Zoe Quinn and Patrick Lindsey and puts players in the shoes of a 20-something as they struggle with their emotions and make daily choices that can either help get them out of their depression or send them spiraling into a state of deep despair.

The developers describe the game as follow:

"Depression Quest is an interactive fiction game where you play as someone living with depression. You are given a series of everyday life events and have to attempt to manage your illness, relationships, job, and possible treatment. This game aims to show other sufferers of depression that they are not alone in their feelings, and to illustrate to people who may not understand the illness the depths of what it can do to people."

The game contains of 40,000 words of interactive fiction, 150 unique encounters, multiple paths to take based on the choices you make that affects who you encounter and what situations you'll be in later, and five different endings.

If you like what the game is trying to accomplish, you are encouraged to make a donation to iFred, a charity that aims to fight back against depression and the stigma against it.

You can play the game here. It is not recommended that you play this game if you are currently suffering from depression or have suicidal thoughts. The developers suggest players who are suffering from depression should seek professional help and avoid the game entirely.

Source: The Escapist


 
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