IAmA a medical doctor turned video game designer. AMA!
My name is Dr. Halim Nassar, I am a medical doctor, a board-certified psychiatrist, and a hardcore gamer!
A few years back, I started making simple video games for my patients for psychoeducation using RPG maker. This hobby grew over time. Eventually a programmer friend joined me, and we established Organic Apps, an indie video game studio with the aim of making truly playable therapeutic software, seeing that many of the available therapeutic apps lack true playability. We've recently released our first commercial video game - Hope's Journey: A Therapeutic Experience.
Video games hold immense potential for mental health. I even believe they could provide tools for diagnosing major illnesses such as schizophrenia and psychosis. However, finding the balance between playability and therapeutic content is not simple. I hope that with my background as a gamer and a psychiatrist I'd be able to navigate this tricky terrain.
Proof of my credentials was submitted to the mods.
Here's a link to our website: https://www.organic-apps.com/about
Edit 1: Had no idea this would go so well. I'm really enjoying my time, thanks everyone.
Edit 2: Need to take a short break, will be back soon.
Edit 3: It's after midnight over here, so I'm calling it a day. Thank you everyone for your questions.