Hellblade: The Impact of Psychology in Designing a Video Game


“Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice” is a videogame published by Ninja Theory. Aim of the project was presenting how the human mind works, with the aid of experts in mental health and patients. Senua is a Celtic warrior suffering with psychosis. The high standards in art and technology together with patients’ experience resulted in an outstanding success. Psychology is a core element of videogames as far as mental health is concerned, but it could also represent a key factor in character and narrative design, gamers’ motivational profile, fostering values, impact beyond entertainment.

Language: English

Level: Non technical / For everyone

Viola Nicolucci

Coordinator - Piedmont Psychologists Assoc Ordine degli Psicologi Piemonte

Health Psychologist and Online Therapist, I developed an interest in the relationship between psychology and technology: cyberpsychology, behavioral health APPs, Gamification and videogames.

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