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Depression is a Game or, WTF?

Posted on: March 19, 2013

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Not everybody is so lucky as to naturally develop depression; but there is hope for those unfortunate souls condemned to perpetual cheeriness, in shape of a videogame that allows them to virtually experience it!

It is meant to help friends and family understand what their loved one is going through, with the objective, presumably, of helping them overcome it.

So this is the link:
http://gambit.mit.edu/loadgame/summer2010/elude_play.php

It starts with an uplifting quotation, Remember sadness is always temporary. This, too, shall pass, and you find yourself in a pretty, whimsical forest landscape; you move around, you make friends, and with their support you can climb the trees and reach happiness, which is a sunny sky over the treetops with leaves and daisies that inexplicably fall from above. OK, that’s puzzling, but I can live with it.

But happiness doesn’t last, and you go back to baseline mood (the forest). Alright, you can’t be ecstatic all the time, laughing too much gives you wrinkles after all. You go on with your usual life, you enjoy the arts, as the creators helpfully suggest, and spend time with your chirpy friends.

But then, the forest turns dark and creepy, your friends turn their backs on you, and you plunge into despair. With great effort, you do manage once to go back to baseline mood, but you finally fall to your death in a hellish deep dark hole, AND THERE’S NOTHING YOU CAN DO TO AVOID IT. Would have been better to be put out of your misery right at the start, I guess.  Crushed by one of those giants daisies that shed flowers from the sky.

Fade to black, and for good measure you get mocked too, with another quote: Every man dies – not every man really lives.

Euh… Thank you???

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