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How The Medium Treats Trauma

Prime Benefit Spotlight: Free games and in-game content Video games tackle a lot of tough topics these days. From the effect of mental illness depicted in Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice to themes of death and grief in Corinne Cross’ Dead & Breakfast, there’s games that deal with any tough topic you can think of. The Medium chooses to put trauma and abuse at the forefront of several characters’ stories, each with different outcomes and messages. But how well are these topics portrayed? Spoiler warning for The Medium. Content warning: Discussions of…

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The Unique Trauma I Shared With Red Dead Redemption 2

My father and I share the same twisted sense of humor. It’s great when we want to talk to each other exclusively in quotes from Airplane! and Kids in the Hall: Brain Candy, but it’s less ideal when he’s trying to convey serious news. When he called me last February to tell me my mother had suffered a terrible accident, I had to ask him “are you shitting me” three times. He was not shitting me. My mother had slipped on some icy stairs at work and descended the hard…

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