Exploring Depression In ‘What Happened’

May 20, 2020

Written by Capt McNeely

Georgia Division ZADF Twitter: @ZADF_ORG

Mental Illnesses like Depression and Anxiety are becoming more and more common now and those who suffer from it first start experiencing this while they’re in their adolescence, the worst time of your life. Not many people know what “it’s like” but the folks over at Genius Slackers have developed a very real crash course for those unfamiliar with it in their upcoming psychological horror game What Happened.





Players are taken to tackle the struggle of Stiles, a high schooler struggling with Depression and Anxiety. Players will go into Stiles’ mind and navigate through the dark corners of his subconscious to unravel the trauma hidden inside that torments at him and lead him away from self-destruction.





While exploring, players will also encounter Stiles’ subconscious as he experiments with drugs to cope with his issues and facing his demons both real and imaginary.





Players will solve puzzles and face the inner darkness and in a twist, the empathy players show or not show towards Stiles will affect his fate cementing developers’ mission to show that unity and empathy are important when tackling mental illness such as Depression and Anxiety.





What Happened will be coming out on PC July of 2020 and will be coming to consoles at a later date.

What Happened can be added to your STEAM wish list HERE.

The developers have also stated a warning about What Happened:

This game may not be appropriate for all ages. The main character sometimes uses sharp objects to self-harm, takes drugs to enter illusionary realms, and depending on the player’s actions there may be a non-graphic depiction of suicide. There are violence and blood in cut-scenes and gameplay, including the use of sharp objects. There is strong language in dialogue and written text.”


If you or anyone you know has depression and is/are considering suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255 Or text HOME to 741741 for the Crisis Text Line


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