A prosocial initiative to address loneliness through a free, narrative-based game and a supportive community hub website.
Nearly 8 in 10 young adults feel affected by loneliness
How Can We Help?
We want to bridge players of our free PC game to mental health resources and support.
Building Awareness and Engagement
Stigma about loneliness too often prevents young adults from seeking help that they may need. We want players of our game, Lazuli, to empathize with the issue of loneliness and engage with GREAT resources from mental health and youth services organizations.
Lazuli: The Game
Sparking approachable conversations about loneliness.
Loneliness is an experience that means our current close relationships don’t meet our needs. Despite the name, you don’t always have to be alone to feel lonely. Loneliness can come up whenever we feel alone, unwanted, or isolated. Loneliness can come up when: We’re around a lot of people but feel like we don’t quiteContinue reading “Brochure: Coping with Loneliness”
Loneliness is the sense of feeling alone. While some people who are lonely are physically separated from others, we can be around others and still feel lonely when important connections are missing. We may feel lonely for different reasons and experience loneliness in our own ways, but loneliness is always painful. Research increasingly shows that loneliness isContinue reading “Journal: Loneliness and Social Connection”
“In this counterintuitive talk, healthcare tech entrepreneur Will Wright shares the strong impact that loneliness has on our health, and proposes a novel idea for how we can easily connect with others and combat its effect.” Credit: KTEDx TalksVideo Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n3Xv_g3g-mA
Intro Hi everyone! I’m Yuankun Huang (aka. Kun), the gameplay programmer and music composer of IJKL Studio. As we’re approaching the end of semester as well as the end of the first stage of this passion project, it’s quite an honor to share my experience in architecting the game as a developer, and composing musicContinue reading “Game Architecture and Music of Lazuli”
Hi there! This is Irene, artist from IJKL Studio : ) I’m here to share some (hopefully) interesting facts about our game concept art and characters. So let’s start with… why “Lazuli” ? Lazuli is originally a Persian word, meaning “blue”. This is the one colour that encompasses more meanings in history: it could meanContinue reading “Concept Art of Lazuli”
The 2020 Games for Change (G4C) Virtual Festival officially ended last week, and boy, was that an incredible experience for IJKL Studio! At first, we really didn’t know what to expect when it came to running our virtual booth. We had assumed our booth would be static, when in fact, we were able to presentContinue reading “That’s a Wrap: Lessons from G4C”
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