I think the issue that I’m having is it seems far-fetched to me to say that people group, oh let’s say someone who is bi-polar with someone who is a psychopathic killer, even more-so that video games are perpetuating that idea. I mean, is it just because I don’t hang-out with jerks or something? It seems like common sense.
This article initially rubbed me the wrong way since I’m a huge Lovecraft fan, and sanity is a huge theme in his works. Reading again, even though I still don’t agree with all of the points I can understand where you’re coming from.
I think the issue is conflating “sanity” as it is commonly portrayed in video games with “mental-illness” in real life; to me, they don’t occupy the same head-space. It’s not like I play a game with an “insane” character and think to myself “this is how mental-illness is in real-life,”. I understand that, as is the case with fiction, certain themes and elements are simplified and made larger-than-life. In pretty-much all of the “bad” examples above, the games with sanity meters and whatnot, I don’t think the developers were trying to present their take on mental illness but simply represent how stress can (in fiction) cause a person to go “insane” (anything that in not their normal state-of-mind, really.)
I really want to play this game. I remember my own ‘coming out’, I was sitting in the car with my Mom and for some reason I decided “now is a good a time as any”. Still, I was terrified and my Mom actually said something along the lines of “are you alright? You’re pale and shaky”.
She’s was okay with it, mostly. Super surprised though. When my brother basically came out as asexual at a later date, you could practically see the “am I ever going to have grandchildren” wrinkle forming in real time.
I actually really liked this game, surprisingly deep combat systems. It wasn’t perfect, but I think it gets a bad rap.
That’s a real shame you didn’t keep playing it, there actually is quite a bit more to it and it’s actually a fairly subversive and thought-provoking game.
…okay, I know that sounds like I’m being sarcastic, but I’m not. Seriously, try and finish that game it’s pretty good.