Creativity is both a connection and an escape. When you're enduring pain, creativity helps you see what's beyond the hardship that's in front of you. You can use your creativity to not only forget the difficulties, but also reshape them into something else. In a way, creativity lets you reframe your mindset and see things from a completely different perspective.
For me, I was able to use video game development, using my creativity, to reshape the pain I went through. Instead of dwelling on how difficult it was to go through treatment in the hospital, I saw it more as a challenge - a game, almost. I saw the experience as something I literally received experience points from, and by doing that, reframed my negative, painful mindset, into a positive, growth-focused perspective. I created a game based on my painful experiences in order to capture the beauty of the change of my character. I use video game development to reflect on what I got out of my pain. In the end, it helped me realize that I became such a stronger person because of what I went through; it made me into the strong and curious person I am today.
Serenity Forge is currently working on The King's Bird, which is a momentum platformer that focuses on empowering players through freedom, flight, and flow. We're also working on a new game called Once Upon a Coma, a narrative adventure that explores the painful darkness of depression and anxiety. Lastly, we're starting larger game right now that explores meaningful romance and love.