Anywhere But Here: Using Games to Escape Trauma

Video games are a powerful medium that allows us to visit distant worlds and accomplish feats we never thought ourselves capable of. Games can also be a valuable shield in dealing with trauma, escaping the overwhelming emotional situations of life or providing us with a safe space to help us carve out our identity. Join us as we discuss how games help us cope.


Matthew Ballinger [Games Academic, Western Sydney University], Dr Jennifer Hazel [Mental Health Doctor, CheckPoint], Josh Muller [Psychologist, Mind Equality Centre], Noni Och [Narrative Designer, Freelance], Jody Toomey [Game Audio Producer, Strange Band Audio], Mateja Simovic [Pop Culture Journalist, Capsule Computers]