How playing the hardest games I could find helped me take back my mental health

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Disclaimer: nothing in this article should be constituted as mental health advice. This is anecdotal evidence from a technology journalist. I’ve been a gamer since the early 1980s. I cut my teeth on Tempest and Donkey Kong in the local arcade. Gaming is my solace. When big things happen in my life or in the world, and I need to wrap my head around them, my go-to coping mechanism is to play a game until I can think clearly and focus. This is how I’ve always blown off mental steam (for lack of a better way to put it). But…

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