I read an article today on Polygon entitled Gaming's New Frontier: Cancer, Depression, Suicide. I found it extremely powerful, and I highly recommend everyone give it a read because it's great to see developers step outside the box and explore difficult topics that you generally do not see in video games.
Papa & Yo did this as it explored child abuse and many other subjects that we just don't normally see in games. Admittedly, I haven't played the game yet, but I still appreciate what Minority Media with the game. With their next project, Silent Enemy, they aim to shed some light on bullying. The trailer resonated with me because I was bullied a lot in High School, so I really want to see how they handle such a sensitive topic.
Papa & Yo available for the PS3 and Steam.
I am extremely fascinated with games that try to explore the human condition, and games seems like the only medium where you can truly feel like you are in the character's shoes and get a sense of how it feels to live with depression, or bullying, for example. I played through a game called Depression Quest and I was literally brought to tears because I have been feeling a lot like the situations highlighted in the game. It's a text based game that tries to illustrate what it is like to live with depression. I may not be diagnosed with depression, but I have seen it first hand and how terrible it truly can be.
So what are your guys' thoughts on this? Do you want more games like this in the future? Also, if you take the time to play through Depression Quest, let me know your experience with it as well.