A Virtual Escape: Gaining Life from Nearly Losing it

In today's society it has become the norm to cast blame on things that we don't understand. When some look at shootings, stabbings, and other random acts of violence they see the cause as something they want to believe, no matter the evidence presented. In the past we have seen comics, music and books as the… » 4/15/14 11:00am 4/15/14 11:00am

I Can't Stop Staring At This Tetris-y iPhone Game

I've never dispatched a wrathful bird to destroy a pig. Sometime around 2010, I blocked FarmVille et al. from my Facebook News Feed and never looked back. But last week I stayed up an hour past my bedtime because I thought I had the Dots "hot hand." » 5/29/13 12:47pm 5/29/13 12:47pm

A Bad (or Possibly Good) Case of Mass Effect 3 Decision Angst

In today's spoiler-free episode of Speak Up on Kotaku, commenter Ducce discusses the anxiety that rises while making game-changing decisions in Mass Effect 3. Is this immersion, or is he slowly going insane? » 3/15/12 11:00am 3/15/12 11:00am

A Biofeedback-Driven Video Game to Battle Anxiety and Stress

While gamers have been using video games to combat stress and anxiety for decades, mental health professionals are only just beginning to see the benefits (and potential drawbacks) of interactive entertainment on our physiological well-being. » 8/31/11 1:40pm 8/31/11 1:40pm

Bejeweled Proposed As A Clinical Treatment For Depression And Anxiety

While more mainstream video games are under fire for causing depression, a new study at East Carolina University finds that playing casual puzzle games is an effective way to combat clinical depression and anxiety. Guess who underwrote the study? » 2/16/11 2:00pm 2/16/11 2:00pm