As someone who both loves video games and struggles with mental health, when I heard about Low Batteries, my interest was immediately piqued. I immediately had to check out the first episode.
Johnny Chiodini of Eurogamer is behind Low Batteries and in the first episode he bridges the gap between mental health and video games. Even though I spent most of my life using video games as a, sort of, coping mechanism, I never went as far as linking the two. In the first episode, Chiodini explores mental health difficulties through the games we choose to play as well as something he likes to call a "sadgame".
Chiodini defines a "sadgame" as a video game that isn't necessarily sad in terms of content, but it's a game we choose to play when we're feeling sad. He goes into a lot of stuff in the inaugural five-minute episode.
There's one point he made that really resonates with me. It's when he's talking about the game Elite Dangerous and how that is his current "sadgame". And when he finds himself subconsciously wanting to play the game he wonders if there is something that's bothering him deep down.
It's definitely an interesting way to look at the reasons why we play certain games. It makes the game playing experience a lot broader than just sitting on your couch/chair ingesting interactive media.
I definitely a list of my own "sadgames" and now I think I'll take a deeper look at what I'm playing and why I'm playing it. The next time you sit down in front of your computer/console, you should probably, maybe try and unpack the reasons why you're playing the game in front of you.