Psychologist treats Fortnite addiction in teens with Zelda: Breath of the Wild

I'm not feeling so sweaty anymore

Michaël Stora is one interesting Psychologist. He considers himself to be a "psygamer" rather than just a traditional Psychologist, as he's well versed in the world of games. That knowledge certainly helps when he constantly has parents contacting him with complaints of their teens being addicted to Fortnite.

What does Mr. Stora do when he receives requests to help move teens away from Fortnite and back towards reality? He gives them some time with The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild! Mr. Stora believes that time spent playing Breath of the Wild offers up a bit of a therapeutic experience through gameplay. It helps teens reconnect with the real world by moving them from the competitive, intense gaming mindset to a more contemplative one.

We're not professionals, so we can't talk about the truth of game addiction or using games for metal therapy. That said, it seems like Mr. Stora is having quite a bit of success with it, so congrats to him!


I want to buy the idea that it's advisable to have a balanced healthy diet. Doom is fine but maybe mix it with a bit of sim-like games, maybe one in a pacific island.

Brilliant idea. Just on my initial impression, this makes a lot of sense: ease people off on the addiction and adrenaline rushes with something slower but still gratifying.

As I've gotten older, I've lost my taste for very fast games anyway, my tied GotYs last year were Luigi's Mansion 3 and Baba is You, and both are largely methodical games. The former can be frantically if you want (especially if you're trying to tackle the Scarescraper), but it's therapeutic just to casually explore all the nooks and crannies as well.

I'm glad there are psychologists who don't just outright view games as "the problem".

I'm not sure I buy it, but if this is true, then I'm glad it's Zelda making the positive changes.💗


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