The Witness, Firewatch, and Coping With Depression

Many video games encourage isolation. They’ve long been an emotional safety net for me, in addition to my favorite hobby. Sudden depression occasionally corrupts my mood, and the only thing that seems useful, practical, and healthy is to hide. This is difficult when working an office job and living with my significant other. Thankfully, wonderful and supportive people around me understand my occasional need need for space.

In one of these states of self-imposed isolation, I completed the two loneliest games I have ever played. I played both Firewatch and The Witness while hidden. In a strange way, I enjoyed both more than I would have if I had proper control of my emotions and my mind.

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