Why Aren't There More Games About Depression?

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#1 Edited by bogey_j (60 posts) -

i'm playing this game 'depression quest' right now and its awesome. its a more honest game than 98% of games i've played. why do the vast majority of games always have to have some happy optimistic motherf*cker as the main protagonist? why not someone suffering from depression? or a truly misanthropic jerk like the protagonist from saya no uta? (a true masterpiece btw)

we need more real people in games if they want to be taken seriously as art

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#3 Posted by uninspiredcup (27141 posts) -

Max Payne. You sort it by shooting many people and leaping around.

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#4 Posted by StrongBlackVine (13262 posts) -

Because depression isn't fun?

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#5 Posted by k2theswiss (16599 posts) -

depression or not fairy tale happy ending?

whitch one TC

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#6 Posted by FoxbatAlpha (10669 posts) -

State of Decay. You are so depressed zombies are everywhere.

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#7 Edited by deactivated-58c8ef5f8044e (546 posts) -

It's post apocalyptic, almost everyone in the world is dead and this kid is alone for the first time and has nobody. He accepts this task his grandpa gives him to go to tokyo tower to find the one person that is left.

Similar to the anime Casshern Sins, it's very melancholy and most important of all, depressing.

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#8 Edited by bogey_j (60 posts) -
@StrongBlackVine said:

Because depression isn't fun?

but its real. and millions upon millions of people are affected by it

and why has it become some rule that games have to be 'fun' all the time? an experience that makes you think and impacts you in a profound way is just as valuable if not more so than a stupid-fun game that helps take your mind off things for a while

not all award-winning movies are enjoyable to sit through but that doesn't mean they're bad. gaming for the most part doesn't have any balls; devs are too afraid to make the gamer feel uncomfortable

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#9 Posted by millerlight89 (18658 posts) -

@bogey_j said:
@StrongBlackVine said:

Because depression isn't fun?

and why has it become some rule that games have to be 'fun'?

Because that's the point of a game? To be enjoyable? Entertainment.....

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#10 Posted by foxhound_fox (97220 posts) -

Shadow of the Colossus is pretty depressing at the end. Especially after the whole journey to get there.

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#11 Edited by PinkieWinkie (1454 posts) -

OP, do you need someone to talk to

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#12 Edited by bogey_j (60 posts) -
@millerlight89 said:

@bogey_j said:
@StrongBlackVine said:

Because depression isn't fun?

and why has it become some rule that games have to be 'fun'?

Because that's the point of a game? To be enjoyable? Entertainment.....

are all great movies 'fun' to watch?

is all great music 'fun' to listen to?

are all great books 'fun' to read?

things don't have to be 'fun' in order to be enjoyable or considered great art

why are you putting games into a box? they could be so much more

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#13 Edited by uninspiredcup (27141 posts) -

@foxhound_fox said:

Shadow of the Colossus is pretty depressing at the end. Especially after the whole journey to get there.

My friend, I tend to think Shadow Of Colossus is a masterpiece destruction of American hero syndrome we have all been conditioned to accept as well as the bias towards beauty.

Why are all the main heroes in the Witcher 2 American? Yet all the lesser people British. Why are the villains always beasts or monsters while the hero is youthful and beautiful? This title masterfully fucks around with your expectations and makes you feel like a big ****.

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#14 Posted by StrongBlackVine (13262 posts) -

@bogey_j said:
@millerlight89 said:

@bogey_j said:
@StrongBlackVine said:

Because depression isn't fun?

and why has it become some rule that games have to be 'fun'?

Because that's the point of a game? To be enjoyable? Entertainment.....


why are you putting games into a box? they could be so much more

Not really.

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#15 Posted by the_bi99man (11244 posts) -

@bogey_j said:
@StrongBlackVine said:

Because depression isn't fun?

but its real. and millions upon millions of people are affected by it

And this means there should be video games about it?

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#16 Edited by lostrib (49999 posts) -

Because it's depressing

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#17 Posted by bogey_j (60 posts) -

@the_bi99man said:

@bogey_j said:
@StrongBlackVine said:

Because depression isn't fun?

but its real. and millions upon millions of people are affected by it

And this means there should be video games about it?

yes why not?

in real life people kill eachother with guns and there are tons of games about that. why not this?

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#18 Posted by jake44 (2085 posts) -

I wouldn't mind playing more games on the subject. I've played a few but my favorite is Actual Sunlight.

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#19 Posted by stuff238 (3161 posts) -

If you want to feel depressed, just play any Wii U game.

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#20 Posted by thom_maytees (3669 posts) -

@stuff238 said:

If you want to feel depressed, just play any Wii U game.

Upset that Nintendo won Publisher of the Year from EDGE?

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#21 Posted by lostrib (49999 posts) -

@thom_maytees said:

@stuff238 said:

If you want to feel depressed, just play any Wii U game.

Upset that Nintendo won Publisher of the Year from EDGE?

why would anyone be upset about that?

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#22 Posted by Ghost120x (5298 posts) -
@RogueStatus28 said:

It's post apocalyptic, almost everyone in the world is dead and this kid is alone for the first time and has nobody. He accepts this task his grandpa gives him to go to tokyo tower to find the one person that is left.

Similar to the anime Casshern Sins, it's very melancholy and most important of all, depressing.

I remember playing this game and getting disturbed by the kissing scene. I wasn't expecting it.

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#23 Posted by Jynxzor (9313 posts) -

What is the OP on about? Tons of games tackle the subject of depression, the game might not bullet point.

  • This shits about depression yo

But a ton of games tackle depressing subjects, christ play any of the early Silent Hill games where many of the characters are stuck in their own god damn personal hell and put face to face with every facet of their Psyche made manifest.

Christ even a game like FFVII hit on depression early on, the main villain and hero faced massive depression and how they reacted pretty much defined them as characters. Now if your talking about the game being some allegory on depression you wont find many games that slap you in the face with it outside of indy flash games.

But that's true with most naratives they want to hit on a subject and not beat you over the head with it but still make you think.

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#24 Edited by tubbyc (3946 posts) -

Neverending Nightmares seems interesting if you want something with a very different theme and related to mental illness.

I think that kind of thing would be a pretty exciting change for horror games (not that I'm saying I would want them all to be like that).

There's all kinds of dark-themed games we play, and we can still find them fun because we know it's just a game. This one seems interesting to me and worth a try, but something like Manhunt just doesn't appeal to me, even though others can feel differently.

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#25 Posted by jg4xchamp (61470 posts) -

What?

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#26 Posted by Sword-Demon (7007 posts) -

Plenty of games have characters suffering from a plethora of mental illnesses, including depression.

Just because games aren't screaming "Hey! This is about depression!" doesn't mean that they avoid the issues.

I for one, much prefer subtlety to being beaten over the head with a character saying "I'm Sad!"

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#27 Posted by Joedgabe (5134 posts) -

There's some games that touch the subject, I for one don't find it a good idea to blast of games entirely on the subject. There's something about people looking for were they "fit" in that they seek out what category they belong to and try to fit in there, and that is incredibly dangerous.

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#28 Posted by stuff238 (3161 posts) -

@thom_maytees said:

@stuff238 said:

If you want to feel depressed, just play any Wii U game.

Upset that Nintendo won Publisher of the Year from EDGE?

Not at all. I only trust NA reviewers. Edge is a UK reviewer. They don't know how to review or score games properly. I also hate Eurogamer, Famitsu and a bunch more. They have a stupid way of thinking, so their opinion means nothing to me.

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#29 Posted by getyeryayasout (11720 posts) -

Totally agree TC. Hopefully MS releases "Kutting with Kinect" soon. If you don't bleed, Kinect knows it. No Achievement for you = more depression = better game. Winner...?

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#30 Posted by deactivated-5920bf77daa85 (3270 posts) -

@bogey_j said:
@millerlight89 said:

@bogey_j said:
@StrongBlackVine said:

Because depression isn't fun?

and why has it become some rule that games have to be 'fun'?

Because that's the point of a game? To be enjoyable? Entertainment.....

are all great movies 'fun' to watch?

is all great music 'fun' to listen to?

are all great books 'fun' to read?

things don't have to be 'fun' in order to be enjoyable or considered great art

why are you putting games into a box? they could be so much more

Doom ... is not art

Master of Orion ... is not art

Unreal Tournament ... is not art

X3: Reunion ... is not art

Civilization ... is not art

Crusader Kings ... is not art

Fight Night ... is not art

Forza Motorsport ... is not art

What planet are you living on?

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#31 Posted by LegatoSkyheart (29703 posts) -

didn't Spec Ops The Line touch on this?

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#32 Edited by Lucianu (10283 posts) -

@jg4xchamp said:

What?

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#33 Posted by Blabadon (33030 posts) -

Commercialism.

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#34 Posted by iambatman7986 (2655 posts) -

Ever played a jrpg? The main character is almost always depressed. J/k

Seriously I'm not sure why there aren't many games based on it.

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#35 Edited by TheTruthIsREAL (809 posts) -

Are you emo or something? Why would you want to play a game that is always depressing? I'd rather play a game where there is a struggle, such as Heavy Rain but playing a game that leaves me depressed isn't a good experience to me.

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#36 Posted by heretrix (37792 posts) -
@TheTruthIsREAL said:

Are you emo or something? Why would you want to play a game that is always depressing? I'd rather play a game where there is a struggle, such as Heavy Rain but playing a game that leaves me depressed isn't a good experience to me.

A game about depression does not mean a depressing game. (Although that's a pretty tall order for it not to be).