This week, on First Person Scholar, Chris Lombardo discusses how Shovel Knight helped him understand and work through his depression.
"...I was placed inside a tower with no way back, no avenue to return to the place I was before. The only choice was to climb—to make my way through a constantly moving machine that did not care about me or my objectives, that ran in a fashion so predictable that its function became inscrutable. I was tasked, as I am in all platformers, with traversing and mastering a space.”
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