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How To Scratch That Gaming Itch On A Budget

Monday 20 November 2017

 

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Screenshot from Robin
Screenshot from Robin
 

How To Scratch That Gaming Itch On A Budget

James Law trawls through popular indie games website, itch.io, to find the free gems to help you game on a budget

By James Law
19 November 2017
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One final game I’d like to introduce you to is Robin. It’s one of the most moving gaming experiences I’ve had in quite some time.

It utilises game systems to illustrate the experience of chronic fatigue syndrome, and is based on Christine Miserandino’s Spoon Theory ( https://butyoudontlooksick.com/articles/written-by-christine/the-spoon-theory/ ).

It’s always incredibly challenging to make the player empathise with issues like this through gameplay, but the way Robin challenges you to go through simple, mundane tasks that you’d normally find easy and commonplace, and makes these issues challenging in a way that is hard to avoid facing up to head-on.

As someone who has faced challenges regarding mental health throughout my life, it means a great deal to me personally seeing this represented by games, and it hit home on an intimate level.

Robin is one of a great deal of titles, indie and otherwise, that deals with mental health in a nuanced and concise way.

I could talk at length about this game, but I implore you to try it for yourself – again, it’s free on itch.io.

 

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