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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.|