We're here to tackle mental health issues, using the power of video games. The CheckPoint Series comes in 18 parts, designed to improve wellbeing, boost resilience, and teach how games can be used for good.
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Jan 29, 2018

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CheckPoint On Video Games
CheckPoint On Mental Health
1. Video Games for Mental Health: The Clinical Research
Feb 1, 2018
9 minutes
Over the years, games have gotten a bad reputation from the media. Words like “violence” and “addiction” crop up regularly. But what are the facts? Can video games actually be beneficial to mental health? (Spoiler alert: Yes!)
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2. Video Games with Mental Health Themes (Part 1)
Feb 7, 2018
12 minutes
A number of video games have explored representations of mental illnesses over the years. Today the CheckPoint team looks at who does it well, who does it badly, and explores why.
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3. Video Games with Mental Health Themes (Part 2)
Feb 14, 2018
12 minutes
Continuing from last week’s episode, today we explore even more games that have featured mental illness – for better or worse.
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4. Video Game Characters with Mental Health Issues
Feb 21, 2018
12 minutes
As games become more realistic, so too do their characters. Many of our beloved heroes and heroines have displayed signs and symptoms that could be indicative of a mental health issue. Join Dr Jennifer Hazel to find out more.
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5. Games for Wellbeing
Mar 1, 2018
15 minutes
We were thrilled to attend PAX West, and discuss: what games make you feel good and why? Featuring, of course, the wonderful PAX attendees, along with Ken Levine, Josh Scherr, Rae Johnstone, Jess Hodgson and Zer0Doxy.
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6. Video Games Designed for Mental Healthcare
Mar 15, 2018
8 minutes
Now we know that video games can be good for mental health, and why, it’s time to look at some of those exciting projects that have taken on the challenge.
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7. Representation of Mental Illness in Game Narrative (Part 1)
Apr 14, 2018
8 minutes
Making video game characters well rounded involves discussing all sorts of psychological issues. They might even have a mental illness. But how do you do this without perpetuating stigma?
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8. Representation of Mental Illness in Games (Part 2)
Apr 23, 2018
8 minutes
Today we continue our exploration of the way games can be used to improve public knowledge of mental illness, with easy and implementable guidelines to consider.
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1. Introduction to Mental Health
Jan 29, 2018
21 minutes
Join Dr Jennifer Hazel on an overview of the world of mental health and wellbeing. Learn what the definition of “mental health” really is, bust some myths about mental illness, and explore different types of therapy available.
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2. Self-Care Guide
Feb 11, 2018
20 minutes
Registered Nurse Darren describes a few ways to look after yourself, from the basics to more complicated techniques for hacking your thought patterns. Includes a guided meditation with Jennifer Hale.
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3. Depression
Feb 4, 2018
12 minutes
This episode is all about one of the most common mental health issues: depression. Featuring Ken Levine, Teddy Dief, Matt Gilgenbach, Zer0Doxy, Rae Johnston, Kelsey Gamble, and Jess Hodgson.
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4. Anxiety Disorders
Feb 18, 2018
16 minutes
Today’s episode focuses on the world of anxiety disorders, including generalised anxiety disorder, panic disorder, social phobia, OCD and PTSD. Featuring Ken Levine, Zer0Doxy, Josh Scherr, Jess Hodgson, Kelsey Gamble.
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5. Mood Swings
Mar 4, 2018
11 minutes
Dr Shelley Xia discusses the different issues that cause mood swings, including bipolar disorder and personality disorders.

Interviews with Alec Holowka and Ryan Roth.
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6. Eating Disorders
Mar 11, 2018
9 minutes
Dr Shelley Xia explores the signs and symptoms of eating disorders, including anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorder.
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7. Mental Health for the Games Industry
Apr 8, 2018
15 minutes
Dr Jennifer Hazel explores CheckPoint’s aptly named “AAA Model”, helping game makers and those in the industry to optimise their wellbeing by dealing with stress, crunch and burnout.
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8. Mental Health for Content Creators and Conventions
Apr 23, 2018
12 minutes
One of the best things about video games is the community – but how do you remain an active member in the face of social anxiety, trolls and other challenges?
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About This Series

We're here to tackle mental health issues, using the power of video games.

Proudly Kickstarted and presented by Way Down Deep, The CheckPoint Series is here to improve wellbeing, boost resilience, and teach how games can be used for good.

Over two seasons, the series will feature information about mental health issues, including interviews with games industry heroes who have lived experience of them, and an exploration about the uses of video games for positive wellbeing and resilience.

Join us from January 29th 2018, with an episode on Mondays and Thursdays. Featuring:
  • Ken Levine, Creator of the Bioshock series (Ghost Story Games)
  • Josh Scherr, Co-Writer of Uncharted 4 and Uncharted Lost Legacy (Naughty Dog)
  • Teddy Diefenbach, Creator of Hyper Light Drifter (Square Enix Montreal)
  • Kelsey Gamble, Commuity Manager (Bethesda)
  • Zer0Doxy, Content Creator, YouTube
  • Rae Johnston, Editor (Gizmodo) and TV Presenter (NITV)
  • Ryan Roth, Games Audio Designer and Musician
  • Matt Gilgenbach, Creator of Neverending Nightmares
  • Jess Hodgson, Community Manager
  • The wonderful attendees of PAX West and many more!

We cannot continue our work without donations. Please consider giving generously.

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    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 or AMD equivalent
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 200 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Network Bandwidth of 5Mbps for 540p, 3Mbps for 360p.
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 10
    • Processor: Intel Core I3+ or AMD equivalent recommended for HD 1080p playback
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Network Bandwidth of 12Mbps for 1080p or 8Mbps for 720p.
    Minimum:
    • OS: Mac OSX 10.7
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 or AMD equivalent
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 200 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Network Bandwidth of 5Mbps for 540p, 3Mbps for 360p.
    Recommended:
    • OS: Mac OSX 10.10+
    • Processor: Intel Core I3+ or AMD equivalent recommended for HD 1080p playback
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Network Bandwidth of 12Mbps for 1080p or 8Mbps for 720p.
    Minimum:
    • OS: Linux Ubuntu 12.04 or later, SteamOS 2.20 or later
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 or AMD equivalent
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 200 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Network Bandwidth of 5Mbps for 540p, 3Mbps for 360p.
    Recommended:
    • OS: Linux Ubuntu 12.04 or later, SteamOS 2.20 or later
    • Processor: Intel Core I3+ or AMD equivalent recommended for HD 1080p playback
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Network Bandwidth of 12Mbps for 1080p or 8Mbps for 720p.

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