“This thing we call failure is not the falling down, but the staying down” – Mary Pickford
So about a year ago, I was in a game jam themed class. For those who don’t know, most game jams are events in which game developers are given a specific theme and then are given a limited amount of time to make a game from this theme. I was given the theme of “Fall apart”
So in the span of 2-3 weeks, I had to design and develop a game from scratch and I came up with this little gem. A simplistic game which players control a sphere and navigate from point A to point B (the light).
Initially, when I pitched this idea I kept receiving bad reviews and how it was “Too simple” & “Boring” but, in the end as a designer I wanted to implement all elements of a story, art, and mechanics into my first game. By the end, I ended up receiving great reviews for the game I created.
Although it’s a simple looking game. I got into game design to create and to try and walk players through new experiences that some don’t necessarily understand or can’t experience by interactive storytelling. I believe games are some of the most interactive experiences people can try and possibly be moved by stories or even playing with one another. My purpose is to try and build experiences that can influence people to be creative and just overall experiences new things.
So, I created Strive with the “hidden” intent of raising awareness for depression/ anxiety/overthinking. With messages throughout the game that navigate players and hinting them to try different methods to beat each level if they fail, I wanted to try and show that there can be different methods to Strive out of the dark and find the brighter side of things. Although that darkness never truly fades away, we can learn to tame it and try to live with it. With help from others and the willingness to Strive to do so.
Anyone that suffers from these things and/or feels alone, please reach out to someone, seek help. Simply talking is a huge step forward in betterment/understanding and acknowledging what’s going on as well as possible recovery.
Love you all, take care.
For help, please reach out:
Suicide prevention lifeline (1-800-273-8255)
For more information regarding the Strive game please click here or the Image below: