ABOUT THIS BOOK
PUBLICATION DATE: May 14, 2020
Checkpoint: How video games power up minds, kick ass, and save lives
By Joe Donnelly
You’re probably familiar with tired cliches around gaming culture in the media… that video games are violent and damaging. That they’re for children, or society’s outcasts; for the lazy and those without purpose. Joe Donnelly is here to tell you that video games, in fact, save lives. They saved his.
Inspired by his own experience navigating depression following a tragic personal loss, Checkpoint reflects on the comforting and healing effect that entering into new digital worlds and narratives can have on mental health both personally and on a wider scale. From the big-budget triple A studios, to the one-person indie set-ups, there are thousands of eye-opening games exploring human complexities overtly and subtly all waiting to enthrall and comfort players old and new.
Through exclusive, in-depth interviews with video game developers, health professionals, charities and gamers alike, Joe makes the case for the vital value of gaming culture and why we should be more open minded and willing to pick up a controller if not for fun, for the well-being of ourselves and our loved ones.
Joe Donnelly is a Glaswegian journalist, writer, video games enthusiast and mental health advocate. He has written about both subjects complex intersections for The Guardian, the New Statesman, VICE, PC Gamer and many more, and believes the interactive nature of video games makes them uniquely placed to educate and inform. His book Checkpoint considers the intersections of video games and mental health. Joe is also the author of professional footballer James Forrest’s biography, Homegrown Hero.