Whether you’re a Gamer, Geek, Nerd, Noob, all of the above or none of the above, Mental Health illnesses don’t give a shit who you are, it can and will affect absolutely anyone from all walks of life. It’s not something we as Gamers really talk about, I mean it’s pretty hard to talk about Mental Health issues when a prepubescent teen is telling you what they have been doing to your Mum while you’re trying to play a casual round of Call of Duty.
In any case, CheckPoint Series from Non-profit organisation CheckPoint is a webseries that will begin on 29 January on YouTube, Steam and the CheckPoint website. CheckPoint Series aims to tackle mental health issues using the power of video games to kick depressions arse! CheckPoint have released their first full trailer for the upcoming series which can be viewed on YouTube (or right here through the power of YouTube embedding).
Over two seasons, the series will feature information about mental health issues, including interviews with games industry heroes who have lived experience of them, and an exploration about the uses of video games for positive wellbeing and resilience.
The trailer displays some of the show’s structure, high production values, animations and excerpts from interviews. The series includes high profile games industry veterans, including Ken Levine, Creator of the Bioshock series (Ghost Story Games); Josh Scherr, Co-Writer of Uncharted 4 and Uncharted Lost Legacy (Naughty Dog); Teddy Diefenbach, Creator of Hyper Light Drifter (Square Enix Montreal); Kelsey Gamble, Community Manager (Bethesda); Zer0Doxy, Content Creator, YouTube; Rae Johnston, Editor (Gizmodo) and TV Presenter (NITV) and Jess Hodgson, Community Manager; Ryan Roth, Games Audio Designer and Musician, and Matt Gilgenbach, Creator of Neverending Nightmares.
This trailer has been highly anticipated since its successful Kickstarter campaign in June 2017. It is proudly sponsored by Way Down Deep, and supported by Hipster Whale, Mighty Games,
Digital Fox, Well Placed Cactus, Gallagher Bassett, SuperBetter and Dinosaur Polo Club.