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Mental Illness and Indie Developers

It's time to talk about mental illness in indie development on Engadget talks with Kate Edwards and Mike Wilson about their work publishing independent games (thanks Kxmode). They discuss what's seen as a prevalence of depression, anxiety, and other mental illnesses affecting developers, and what can be done to understand and help. This is a lengthy discussion of a complex topic, so we'll offer an excerpt with the understanding it's hard to properly abbreviate such a discussion:

Wilson is aware of four Devolver and Good Shepherd developers in the past two years who have been hospitalized for mental illness, but he knows there are more stories out there, even more people wrestling with their demons alone.

"How many people have suffered in silence?" he asks. "Or lost their girlfriend or boyfriend or husband or kids?"

"It's still a massive pyramid of people," Edwards adds.

Indie developers face a specific brand of pressure, much of it internal. Edwards admires the drive that she observes in these folks, but she also sees how the common indie workflow can push developers deeper into their own minds, driving negative introspection and forcing isolation as they try to finish their games at any cost.

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