Chronic Fatigue Syndrome might not be talked about as often in the news, but it’s a challenging and complex medical condition that affects a considerable number of people each and every day. Long term fatigue, aches and pains, depression, those are just some of the symptoms for those affected, making everyday life far from easy.
Developed by a group of second year students at New Zealand’s Media Design School, Robin is a short but compelling game that wants to shed some light on CFS to those who are unaware of what it’s like living with it. Like a mini spin-off of Maxis’ The Sims series, you play as a young character trying to complete every day activities, but it won’t be easy. CFS challenges you, reduces your energy levels, and that’s reflected in how the character responds to your attempts at working through it.
There’s three possible endings to Robin, but as the dev team suggests, there is never such a thing as a perfect ending. As there’s no proper treatment for CFS, it’s a similar story for those suffering from it. The game might be short but it provides some insight into the condition and plays in well as an educational tool for those curious or in need of some understanding.
It’s not all gloom. Robin is technically well out together and looks gorgeous too. The team should be commended for not only putting it together, but ensuring that the subject material is handled effectively and with care.
If you want to help those who suffer from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, be sure to visit and support Emerge Australia, a local organisation that aims to educate and provide services to those with CFS. You can play Robin by visiting the link here and downloading the game for free to your PC.
Mark Isaacson is the editor of PN2. Go say hi @Mark_D_Isaacson