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“Literally Horrible”: Depression Quest’s illusion of choice

By Roman Kalinovski

Length: Approx. 10 minutes per playthrough
Devices: Browser-Based
Price: Free, with suggested donation

Depression Quest is an award-winning browser-based work that puts you in the position of someone suffering from depression. While at heart a conventional “choose-your-own-adventure” story, this piece is powerful in how it emulates the disorder; by hindering your ability to make certain choices, it illustrates how a depressed person’s mental state can fluctuate, moving towards hope or despair.