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Depression: Unlocked

Nordic Game JamPosted by Anders Højsted Tue, August 05, 2014 17:26

Another Nordic Game Jam has come and passed and what do you know? I made a game.

In fact: WE made a game.

It was based on my idea to make a fun'n'upbeat game about depression.

Fun'n'upbeat and depression are off course contradictions, but if we made a game that reflected the actual mental state of depression it would be ...well ...depressing.

And nobody wants to play a depressing game. So think of the "fun'n'upbeat" as sugar on the spoon: we wanted people to play the game, so they could learn about depression.

The game tries to exemplify the simple fact that depressed people can have a very hard time doing very simple everyday things, so the challenge in the game is to get up in the morning, go through the morning routine and get out the door.

It is in no way an attempt to belittle depression. It is an attempt to exemplify it.

I don't know if we succeded but we did have a lot of fun making it. And it made it even more relevant that many of us have been affected by depression - either personally or through loved ones.

I'll leave it up to you to judge how we fared: Depression: Unlocked (<- download link).


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