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PixelPop Festival Conference Session:

Rethinking the Sanity Meter: Depicting Mental Health in Games

Sunday, 12:00 pm - 12:20 pm

Content warning: auditory hallucinations, trauma, mental health

From TTRPGs to independent games on our consoles, there is an increase of awareness around themes of mental health in the media we interact with and consume. This talk gives a snapshot on how mental health and sanity meters are depicted in games through a disability studies framework. This is a crash course on different modes of approaching mental health in character development through disability studies theory, offering insight on how game designers can rethink integration of mental health themes in their games.

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