A Special Game

Inner Vision is a computer game created by a college student who has given some thought to suicide. The goal of the game is to convince three people not to kill themselves. As a player, you interact with them, choosing the advice you believe will help them most.

It’s a simple game but it offers a surprisingly intense experience. It might be useful as a way to combat suicidal thinking. It could  also be a tool for stirring compassion and teaching us the importance of listening.

For me, it was a chance to get it right, to save three imaginary people from taking their own lives and breaking innumerable imaginary hearts. It was comforting.

You can play the game here. If you’re impressed, don’t thank me, thank Sunil Rao at his website here.

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4 Responses to A Special Game

  1. Candy says:

    I just played the game and I saved them all. I myself suffer from depression, so I have a sense of what they are feeling. It’s an interesting game. Thank you Sister. I felt the same as you do: comforted by saving them.

  2. Suspended says:

    Ok, saved the first girl and then my laptop died during the conversation with the second guy…eeek!

    Thankfully, when I plugged it in the game continued uninterrupted. I saved all three people and that wee death guy wasn’t happy.

    Interesting game, Sis’. I’ll admit I was worried about making the wrong choices. Our desire to do the right thing, even digitally, is what keeps us human. x

  3. Meh... says:

    I saved everyone but only because I knew the right answers to pick, I’m not nearly that nice in person – and I have been suicidal. I would be far more blunt, and appreciated people who understood being blunt with and pushing me. Everyone is different. Third guy, I would have picked not to save.

  4. Sister Wolf says:

    Meh – You are one dark motherfucker. But don’t kill yourself.

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