Video Games That Saved My Life

By Octavius King

A memoir and self-help book chronicling a struggle through depression while holding a gamepad

Gaming | Mental health
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Levelling up is hard. Every day presents a new challenge, and if you’re not in the right frame of mind for whatever reason, it’s less of a challenge and more of an intensive slog. The most difficult thing in the world could be something as mundane as getting out of bed in the morning. Showing up to work can be an obstacle course, and social interactions can be so exhausting that they warrant a short nap immediately afterwards – preferably away from said interaction. We don’t want people thinking we are weird. Sometimes, solace can be found in unreal places. Places like films, comics, books – or the wild and wonderful lands which open up when pressing the “on” button on an SNES.

Video games have saved my life.
They can give a normal person a way to be a hero. They can give someone who is struggling to cope with work the chance to save the world. They can provide a roller-coaster of emotions when you’re feeling numb. A goal when your life feels like it has no aim, and exhilaration when the most dizzying part of real life is standing up too quickly.

This book aims to be a relatable story of struggling through the barriers that poor mental health
can place on anyone, regardless of their age, background or circumstance. But it won’t all be doom and gloom – famous and obscure video games will be covered too, from some of the most jaw- dropping experiences on recent consoles way back to the pixel-perfect world of 1980s gaming.
Using a gaming-based approach, we’ll talk about:

    • The importance of defining goals
    • Anxiety management
    • Levelling up in real life
    • Avoiding becoming a “game zombie”
    • Learning to fail

If life is a video game, it’s the best one you will ever play. This book is for anyone who has dark days, anyone who feels lost, and anyone who loves to pick up a controller (not a rubbish, knock-off one, though). Packed with gaming facts and relatable experiences, this is the story of how the Konami  ode unlocked the biggest secret of all – staying alive.

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  • High-quality, first edition hardback book
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  • approx. 336 pages

*Book designs, cover and other images are for illustrative purposes and may differ from final design.

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    Octav1us King

    Octavius King is a writer and content creator with a particular interest in video gaming.
    They somehow managed to create a modestly successful YouTube-based brand after suffering a career-ending breakdown at work.
    They have played video games since they can remember, being an obsessive PlayStation fan by the age of 8 and even attempting (and failing) a master’s degree in video game design.
    With this book, they hope to present a relatable story for anyone of any age who wonders if they are alone in their self-destructive thoughts.
    Octavius also goes by Sarah.

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