It's easy to be distracted by video games, particularly at events like PAX East 2018, where the showroom floor is practically overflowing with flashy trailers and bold demonstrations. However, for some players, such distractions act as a mask for some of life's common and often under-represented issues, such as depression. After all, video games carry a specific appeal for people who often don't have real-world friends nearby to offer care and support in their times of need.
Fortunately, there are groups and organizations that aim to help those within the gaming spectrum who could use a little backup. Non-profit charity Take This Inc. is one such organization, and Shacknews got the chance to sit down with Doctor Raffael Boccamazzo a.k.a. Dr. B, clinical director and self-styled Arch Psychomancer for Take This, to discuss awareness for issues like depression as well as ongoing efforts concerning the AFK Room initiative.
Among other topics, Dr. B mentioned the on-site availability of the AFK Room, a quiet place where gamers can unwind with activities or speak with staff clinicians to learn more about mental health issues if they so choose. Dr. B also discussed the perceived stigma of issues like depression as well as some of the misunderstandings surrounding them, including the sense that people are suffering alone or that no one can relate to what they're going through.
Anyone, game fans or otherwise, can learn more about Take This as well as read some of Boccamazzo's work by heading over to the Take This website or by following Take This on Twitter. For more interviews and hot takes from games industry exhibitions, be sure to follow Shacknews on Twitch.