Depression and Video Games | Sidcourse

Depression and Video Games | Sidcourse

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In this episode of the Sidcourse, we take a look at mental health, depression and how games and gaming can or could help for those suffering.

Depression is something that affects an alarming number of people and it’s effects can lead to extreme issues, including suicide. Whatever your opinions on the matter, the loss of human life is always a tragedy regardless of quantity. And it’s incredibly scary that something as silent as our minds can lead us through a downward spiral.

Can video games help in some capacity? Using controlled mechanics, narratives and shared experiences, is the power of immersion able to engage someone to get help and make a difference?


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  1. Keg Leo on August 9, 2021 at 9:36 pm

    My sad game is spyro and im so glad that remake came out. It’s just reminds me of childhood, time in my life when i was good in something and have a hope for future.

  2. KoTu on August 9, 2021 at 9:36 pm

    I’m mid 30s… years ago I came to realisation I cannot fulfil demands of app dating generation. I can’t even get "friends" to play multiplayer/coop game… I play everything solo.
    Introversion helps because solitude is my safe space. My melancholy is on overdrive recently but it will stabilise to apathy soon.

  3. Internet Guy on August 9, 2021 at 9:38 pm

    I lost my best friend recently (OD’d, he was a person who tested his stuff, so he knew what he was doing. ) and playing games with him when he was around was one of the best things I had. I have refractory temporal lobe epilepsy and a burst fracture in my spine (L3), i’m on a buncha antidepressants and ativan daily and try to escape through games as much as possible, even going to the extent of upgrading my PC. I’m just so tired.

    This video made me feel a shitload of overwhelming emotions, idk. My sad game is probably any multiplayer FPS because I just turn my brain off and get into the game, it used to be Final Fantasy 7, but my brain doesn’t work good enough memory wise to play an RPG now.

  4. Saint Hishino on August 9, 2021 at 9:38 pm

    My game of the year for 2017 was Persona 5 because it helped me so much of and taught me how cruel society has become. I living hellhole where they can ruin your life as an innocent individual

  5. WOLFYyy on August 9, 2021 at 9:41 pm

    i actually just realised how bad this is, i just sit all day litrally from 2pm till night doing nothing but playing some games, watching youtube or watching twitch, thats all, and its very bad, am deletin every game slowly untill i quit and start going to the gym from tomorrow, thank you!

  6. KidsAreCheese on August 9, 2021 at 9:41 pm

    celeste is also a great game about anxiety and working with your anxiety to achieve greatness

  7. Spriha Yadav on August 9, 2021 at 9:41 pm

    Why is your voice so soothing?

  8. ABI Fingerstyle on August 9, 2021 at 9:42 pm

    You guys enjoy playing video games.

    I am gonna make one.

  9. Martín Salazar on August 9, 2021 at 9:44 pm

    quite a video, and a message, thx!

  10. HellishDemon on August 9, 2021 at 9:44 pm

    i just searched "games about mental illness" because i enjoy these videos and i get a man with the most calmest voice on earth and a good video

  11. Star Guardian on August 9, 2021 at 9:44 pm

    Hey, i don’t know if you will read this, since it’s an old video but i just wanted to say thank you. I am 19 and i have been struggling with my mental health for about 10 years. I got a combo of depression, anxiety (with panic attacks!) and a late autism diagnosis. The fight against my own head is daily and not easy, as i imagine you might know very well. But i also have been playing games for 14 years. I admit, sometimes, in a non healthy manner, i get very attached to these experiences, since they sometimes look like they are more real than real life, since sometimes i feel understood by a narrative but not by my family, since i feel connected to the characters but not to potential friends. I just get so lost in games sometimes, that it’s actually hard to put in words. Today, i showed this video to my mother. She never understood (or made the effort to try, i think) how my depression holds me from living. Don’t get me wrong, she is a good person and a good mother but we can’t expect for those considered "normal" to understand what is like to live like this, because i don’t think there is even a way to explain it. My mom also never understood what was the deal with my game obsession, because once again, i can’t explain it. She simply saw it as a mundane, child-like, violent (yeah mom, there’s more than one genre of games, get over it) hobby. And that’s why i have to thank you so much. You are making the difference with your videos (i watched them all). Not only i feel a little less alone but when i showed this to my mom she simply said:

    I’m sorry if i never did, but now i will try to see your world a little bit more.

    And that made me feel at peace.

  12. Christian on August 9, 2021 at 9:45 pm

    going to keep this as a reference the next time my mom says that video games cause depression. Great video!

  13. Kristy M on August 9, 2021 at 9:46 pm

    Lately I’ve lost interest in nearly everything I used to love, including games, books, shows. Everything is overwhelming and I feel heavy and exhausted like I could sleep all the time. But I wonder if I start playing the right type of game just a little while each day it might be therapeutic. Thank you for making this.

  14. x Asatyba on August 9, 2021 at 9:47 pm

    The message of this video is in the current time of the pandemic even more important. Stay safe everyone

  15. Saint Hishino on August 9, 2021 at 9:48 pm

    Games that helped me alot to live a better life without being successful:

    1. Persona 5: taught me that society is a cruel hellhole and the subject of ruin each individuals lives by how each of the characters portray us and others in real life.

    2. Night in the Woods: Taught us the meaning of depression for college students and workers who couldn’t succeed life. (I still haven’t played that game yet)

    3. Dark Souls: Taught us how failure becomes a necessity for video games and life as a whole. It changed how we play video games as a whole and has the best design.

    4. Minecraft: A game that changed my life as a teen who went through alot of problems at school. As a young teen, I went to a private school that felt like torture for me as a kid and after how much bad grades I got even thought I tried. This was the first time I’ve ever felt depressed. My parents never bought me any video games but an old computer. That’s how I discovered Minecraft.

    One Movie that changed our lives:

    Pixar’s Soul: This movie understands everything we experienced in our mental state. It truly changed my life for good.

  16. Appleloucious on August 9, 2021 at 9:50 pm

    Just wanted to thank you for this great video ( :

    Watched your vidoe about Hellblade before and now at the end of this some tears were running down my cheeks. As I am more than often feeling lonely I am really touched and grateful! Many many thanks! Lots of love and positivity! Always forward, never ever backward! <3 One Love

  17. Romain2321 on August 9, 2021 at 9:50 pm

    just cried watching your vid, it just feels so true espetially in early 2021. I feel like what i’m studying doesn’t make sense anymore. I can’t find motivation to work and feel like i’m slowly loosing pace. I already had a very bad exam session of chrismas but in the current status, i dont see how i can do better for the next exams and that terrefies me. I think video games really helped me but i’m not sure tho. They could be part of the problem.
    What i am suro of is that i’m gonna seek some help. And thank you for making me realise that a maybe need it (help).

    Anyway great vid. I discoverd you thanks to razbuten and you instantly became one of my favorite content creator.

  18. FABIX on August 9, 2021 at 9:51 pm

    your calming voice helps me

  19. Dragon CEO on August 9, 2021 at 9:53 pm

    Persona 4 Golden got me through tuff times. I love that game ❤

  20. FallenAngelSamurai on August 9, 2021 at 9:53 pm

    What if I’m a bad friend?

  21. Saint Hishino on August 9, 2021 at 9:54 pm

    Minecraft was the only video game that made me cry. I don’t know why?

  22. Eka M. on August 9, 2021 at 9:54 pm

    Humans are social creatures, need a change in life significantly, if only focus on one action like playing a game, it will make depression because there is nothing else that humans will do to change their lives at any time. And one more thing, you need god, every human being has spiritual needs.

  23. Sq 09 on August 9, 2021 at 9:56 pm

    Thank you so much! This video is really helping me. You are great!

  24. Oscar The Squid on August 9, 2021 at 9:58 pm

    Played cod cold war multiplayer and felt empty inside this morning. I just wanted the new sword. So, I said "Fuck this, this isn’t worth it." I just bought the damn thing.

  25. Pimacs & Stuff on August 9, 2021 at 9:58 pm

    I come from Razbuten recommandation and phew. This vid hits a lot. Thanks for the video <3

  26. Saint Hishino on August 9, 2021 at 9:59 pm

    12:20 AND I PLAY PERSONA 5

  27. Abdullah Faheem on August 9, 2021 at 9:59 pm

    That’s honestly why I love ubisoft open world games. I don’t play coop and I know they’re not great games but you have a list of things to do and you can accomplish small tasks as you wish. But if you want to just mess around you can do that too. For me it’s the perfect balance of doing what I want and accomplishing something

  28. Thomas Schmied on August 9, 2021 at 10:01 pm

    Thank you

  29. Leonardo Morales on August 9, 2021 at 10:04 pm

    This was such an amazing video, loving your content, keep it up

  30. Chuck Norres on August 9, 2021 at 10:04 pm

    Celest was a nice game

  31. Andre Silva on August 9, 2021 at 10:08 pm

    OMG I´m depressed and I dont know

  32. spydude2w1 on August 9, 2021 at 10:09 pm

    it doubled by 2 didnt work xd lmfao >:(

  33. anpespi on August 9, 2021 at 10:09 pm

    I don’t know how to express my feelings towards this. All I want to say is..Thank you

  34. nanna4673 on August 9, 2021 at 10:11 pm

    Interestingly 2017 was the period of my life so far where I was the most depressed and suicidal and I remember so vividly watching a playthrough of Night In The Woods and later playing it myself. I found myself sinking into the feelings and world of the game and especially Mae as a character. Some quotes got stuck in my brain and I would repeat them to myself during especially rough depressive episodes and if I didn’t know what to do with myself I would put on a playthrough of the game.
    I’ve gone through the game so many times that I know the intro line for line almost by heart and I still cannot say why it resonated I deeply with me but it was definitely the story I needed the most right at that moment.

  35. Saint Hishino on August 9, 2021 at 10:11 pm

    My whole family is untrustworthy when I’m having depression or mental illness.

  36. Siddhanth Mv on August 9, 2021 at 10:13 pm

    Every single word he says in this video is 100% true and it hurts that it accurately represents the struggle that so many people face today, and yet is not openly talked about or accepted in society…

  37. Arroz con Leche on August 9, 2021 at 10:15 pm

    Hope I have seen this before

  38. Raycevick on August 9, 2021 at 10:17 pm

    An excellent video as always, Sid. You’ve got a bar of quality within three videos that most never reach.
    I’ll definitely have to check out Night in the Woods, as I find mental health to be one of the most unjustly unexplored areas of or day to day lives. Games are ripe for exploring it, and at least some are doing it with subtlety and relevance.

  39. Steph Orozco on August 9, 2021 at 10:18 pm

    I realized I love MMOs and the ability to build characters. The grind can be dull, but to me, it’s like a form of progress. And each new level and/or piece of gear acquired feels like an accomplishment.

    I only wish the companies behind such games like Maplestory didnt destroy the community aspect, though.. I miss that terribly.

  40. xXCrisTian9Xx on August 9, 2021 at 10:18 pm

    I’m so useless I’m 218 on rainbow six I’m platinum 2 but I play like copper my squad they don’t say nothing but I can’t feel their hate they sadness cause they losing points because of me I wish I can be better at the game better at everything why I’m so trash so fucking useless so trash Please future me don’t be ass don’t be ass don’t be ass be like shako be like beaulo please future me be good I’m gonna kill my self I’m not joking please some one help me

  41. Gandoof on August 9, 2021 at 10:18 pm

    "Medical advancement"

  42. Neon Shark69 on August 9, 2021 at 10:20 pm

    The part that gets me sad isnt just that some people choose gaming ( to an excessive degree ) over life experiences. But also when it comes to gaming, games are often sold overly priced and when people buy the game , they complete it but still feel empty inside with the need to get a new game ( a concept or situation similar to street drugs ).
    I noticed some games require people to kill each other for virtual cosmetic items ( that eventually players will get bored of using and try to find another ). In other words , Using other people for superficial things , only to be discarded afterwards and replaced for something other superficial thing.

    A false feeling of companionship and accomplishment is the core that i have noticed in gaming.

    Ofcourse real life could also be like this ( false friends , chasing after " luxury " things , etc)

    Its easy to see why people choose to hide and envelope themselves into their own world or a virtual world provided to them by someone else.

    BUT each perpective has its flaws and benefits.

  43. Saint Hishino on August 9, 2021 at 10:21 pm

    "If there’s an obstacle right in front of you, you’re going in the right direction". I have no words but Dear God, you deserve an Oscar for best quote of the century.

  44. Logan jackson on August 9, 2021 at 10:22 pm

    That last sentence, “if there’s an object in the way” your going the right way genuinely almost made me cry

  45. Cameron on August 9, 2021 at 10:22 pm

    I was at my best mental state playing a game called splatoon 2. really helped me out, and when i felt down in the dumps again nintendo just said they were gonna release splatoon 3 in 2022, has me excited because its my favorite game and has always made me happy.

  46. Sfyrizo on August 9, 2021 at 10:23 pm

    I just found this video, great video. Sad to say I put 1000 hours into Dark souls 3 for the sake of escaping life.

  47. Advitiya Shetty on August 9, 2021 at 10:26 pm

    So many reasons to love Shazam! One of the best modern CBMs that doesn’t get enough love.

  48. Troja Sin on August 9, 2021 at 10:28 pm

    Love you a lot man.. you speak great.. lots of love from india.. srsly game can make is safe sometimes

  49. BidderGick on August 9, 2021 at 10:29 pm

    I’m searching for a way to stop beating myself up over games, always losing despite playing all the time. Makes me feel like I’m not meant for anything why try at all when something you poured your life and heart into bears no fruit. I haven’t gain any friends nor social valuable notions. I just hate the I’m useless and have no talent. Im stuck on thought of why live If I’ll never be good at anything no matter how hard I try?

  50. Saint Hishino on August 9, 2021 at 10:31 pm

    This video helped me alot just like the movie "Soul".

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