About SICK! Festival: Mindgames: Online and IRL (In Real Life)

MINDGAMES: Online and IRL (In Real Life) takes on mental health matters through gaming, exploring if games can make you feel better.

Through this day event we will launch ‘Never, Forever Always’, a game created through a creative global collaboration between young men from North Manchester, Finland and games developer Eetu Rantanen.

‘Never, Forever Always’ will launch on digital platform STEAM for any-time play, around our hosting an interactive dedicated games day ‘MINDGAMES: IRL (In Real Life)’, opening up a playground of games from across the decades for you to try out yourselves.

Developed from a prototype presented in 2022, ‘Never, Forever Always’ is part of MINDGAMES 2.0. With over 2 hours of game play, you follow Anthony, who is in his late teens, loves playing music, seeing friends and experiences anxiety and isolation. Through mini games, the player gains a greater understanding of his life and how his mental health impacts his experiences.

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