［ ＫＩＮＤ ＷＯＲＤＳ ］6th October 2019
A game with real positive gaming attitude. Sorry, I couldn’t help myself. I’m always interested in games that tackle various mental health issues in some way, and I’ve encountered quite a few games that allow people to experience the struggles of others. Being able to have a visual representation, and an interactive experience of something you haven’t experienced yourself can be really enlightening. I have an ongoing list of games that allow you to experience mental health issues, usually from the dev’s perspective – I recommend checking it out.
Kind Words actually aims to tackle problems directly. If we’re being pedantic, it’s not really a game – it’s more support via the medium of gaming. We’re in the realm of gamification, which is not a bad thing at all. Gamification gets me through my day. I’m splitting hairs only because I don’t want to misrepresent what it is. Going into a game expecting one thing, and getting something completely different can be disheartening.
Kind Words is all about positivity, gamers helping each other with advice, or just some kind words when they’re struggling.
Your little avatar sits in an adorable cosy room, you listen to some music, and you write. If you’re struggling with something, whether it’s a health issue, mental health issue, or you just had a bad day, you get it off your chest and send it off. Others will read it and offer advice and support. Likewise, you can read requests from others, and help them feel less alone. You can’t get into conversations with people, and it’s all strictly anonymous, but people can thank you by sending you a sticker. You can even decorate your room with these stickers.
There are also little messages that you can send out; they take the form of small paper planes that fly past everyone’s rooms. You catch them to receive some sort of affirmation. You want to wish everyone a good day? Send off a paper plane!
The whole idea of it, the community, it’s just all so lovely. It’s just people being kind, supportive, and helpful. It’s not often anonymity affords kindness, and it’s definitely something we need more of.
I’ve spent quite a lot of time reading people’s struggles and offering advice where I can. I have to admit, it can become quite harrowing after some time. Even when we share our feelings with people we know, we tend to filter how we present it, we don’t want to seem too needy, or appear weak, or don’t want to place too much of a burden on others. In Kind Words, you’re reading how people truly feel, without any such filters. Seeing what people go through, it makes my heart ache. I can only hope that my words to them helped in some small way.
I love this idea. I love that the devs made it. I love how positive and supportive the community is. I only hope that no one decides to spoil it. There is an option to report, and I know the dev team are on it to keep everything wholesome. The worst I’ve seen so far is people begging for stickers, which, while defeating the purpose of the game, is pretty benign.
If you ever find yourself struggling, whether it’s mental health, or just due to circumstances. Or even if you just happen to feel a bit low sometimes, I urge you to try Kind Words.
As one Steam reviewer heartbreakingly said: “it might save your life.”