The Insight Project, a gaming mental health initiative launched by Ninja Theory

Posted on October 30, 2019

Ninja Theory is announcing The Insight Project, improving mental health and game design. The research and development endeavour aims to combine technology, game development, and neuroscience to support well-being.

Ninja Theory and Creative Director Tameem Antoniades are well known for depicting psychosis in Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice. Coupling a compelling story and unique audio design, the game innovatively shows the distress of Senua and her inner-battles. Receiving rave reviews, Ninja Theory is now seeking to explore mental well-being in games further.

Antoniades and Paul Fletcher, a professor of Health Neuroscience at the University of Cambridge, are continuing their partnership for The Insight Project. Their goal is to research the relationship between gaming and mental illness, respectfully true representation and how games can support health.

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Director at Ninja Theory, Dom Matthews Xbox News article states, “Our goal is to create and inspire a movement and help mental health treatment to go mainstream. We hope you’ll join us on this exciting journey!”

The Insight Project will slowly form over several years, being revealed in early stages as a transparent approach to development. In result, it will build new solutions for treating conditions and issues using the power of intuitive game design.

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A programme of gaming, technology, and science research and development will front the new initiative. Developing “self-contained, individualised and absorbing game experiences” aiming to help knowledge and control of symptoms. The thorough scientific methods of the project assure its accuracy and impact, all while staying true to ethic and data management standards.

Gaming is integral to billions of our personal struggles and happiness. Anything raising awareness and aid for mental health in media is inspiring, and we can’t be more excited to see what The Insight Project does.

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