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Session Name: Stories that Haunt and Heal: Mental Health and Game Narrative
Speaker(s): Jean Leggett, Jessica Fong, Gabriella Lowgren
Company Name(s): One More Story Games, Lonely Egg Studio, Infinity+2
Track / Format: Game Narrative Summit

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Overview: Serious topics such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Sexual Trauma, Disordered Eating and Mental Illness are being increasingly explored through game narrative. In this session, Jean Leggett covers Charlaine Harris' 'Lily Bard Mysteries: The Body in the Park', and how the 2D mystery game was designed to mindfully explore PTSD from sexual trauma. Ella Lowgren discusses 'Shrinking Pains', a semi-autobiographical visual novel, and how it fosters empathy and understanding for sufferers of anxiety and eating disorders. Jessica Fong shares the development of her upcoming game 'In the Keeper's Shadow', a surreal 2D hand-painted adventure that reimagines her ongoing struggle to overcome the trauma of child abuse.

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Jean Leggett

One More Story Games

Jessica Fong

Lonely Egg Studio

Gabriella Lowgren


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