Episode notes

Let’s get this out of the way first: there are a LOT of video games available, including a lot of games that don’t require you to kill people and don’t involve Mario, Luigi, Wario, or Waluigi. And among those are several games that approach mental health issues in a truthful and sympathetic way. These games, often made by small independent studios, might take place in fantastical worlds but they can involve honest examinations of depression, trauma, and anxiety. And playing the games can bring a lot more insight and relief to the player than you might think.

We talk with Maddy Myers of the Max Fun podcast Triple Click for her recommendations on enlightened independent games and Gregory Lobanov, creator of the game Chicory: A Colorful Tale.

Listen to Triple Click on the podcatcher of your choice. Visit Greg’s website at greg.style. Follow Maddy on Twitter @MIDImyers and Greg @thebanov.

Maddy’s Game Recommendations:


Chicory: A Colorful Tale (2021)
Depression Quest (2013)
Actual Sunlight (2014)


Celeste (2018)
Gris (2018)
Sea of Solitude (2019)


The Metroid Series
Dark Souls (2011)

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In this episode...


  • Maddy Myers
  • Greg Lobanov

About the show

Join host John Moe (The Hilarious World of Depression) for honest, relatable, and, yes, sometimes funny conversations about mental health. Hear from comedians, musicians, authors, actors, and other top names in entertainment and the arts about living with depression, anxiety, and many other common disorders. Find out what they’ve done to address it, what worked, and what didn’t. Depresh Mode with John Moe also features useful insights on mental health issues with experts in the field. It’s honest talk from people who have been there and know their stuff. No shame, no stigma, and maybe a few laughs.

Like this podcast? Then you’ll love John’s book, The Hilarious World of Depression.

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