What Video Games mean to me

Hello! I wrote an opinion piece on games for no better reason then I was bored. Give it a read and if you’ve got any feedback I’d love to hear it!



Many people play video games and for a number of reasons too! Some people play competitively, E-Sports and such and they can actually earn a living from being good at games. Some people play to reduce stress, you can count me in that category, other people play for fun, if it’s catching Pokemon or fighting gods. And some people play as a hobby and prefer strategy games like resource management and turn based games style games, where the action is a bit slow but requires much more strategy.

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I play a variety of games, from violent fighting/shooting games like Doom to causal, ridiculous to explain games like House Flipper, a game where you clean and renovate houses to sell them to other people. (it’s ridiculous when you explain to someone whether they’re a gamer or not!)

What I play tends to depend on my mood and what kind of day I’ve had. Doom is for the bad days when I need to get some anger out of my system and just let loose. House flipper is a game I play to just kill some time or chill for an hour or so. I play Minecraft to build kingdoms and villages and towers and to be creative.

Honestly, the running theme of games I play is stress relief. Maybe more people need to play games, less stress, less office shootings, less fights because you’re all too busy mining for diamond to argue about anything needless.

That’s no to say that games dominate my every thought and every second of my life. I still vacuum and mop, still do the dishes daily and the washing on the weekend, still spend time with my friends on free weekends.

For me, games really helped when I reached a low point in my life and mental health, they served as a distraction from the negative thoughts that kept dominating my thoughts and allowed my mind time to rest and not worry.

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When I’m focused on a game, be it beating a tough boss fight or creating another farm plot in Stardew Valley, they help me feel better, happier and have a more positive outlook on my day to day life.

There are of course extreme cases, you’ve probably seen them in the media lately, children so caught up in games they pee themselves and attack parents, but I really want to reiterate that this isn’t the norm, this isn’t every gamer!

Games have been proven to help people with PTSD to recover from the traumatic event in a same environment without putting them in real danger (Original Article Here). Games can be used to educate children and adults alike. They’ve even been used to help children with ADHD and autism to focus and adapt to life in the real world by giving them coping mechanisms to use when they’re having a rough day. That Article is Here!

And that’s why I play games, to relax, to cope with my anxiety and depression, to help focus and unwind. Next time you’ve had a bad day, try a healthy dose of Doom or House flipper to help unwind!

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Etsy Grand Opening!

Hey Guys exciting news!I’ve finally pulled the thumb out and started an Etsy store! You can find it: Here!

So far I’ve only got a few things up but if it goes well and (hopefully) when I sell some stuff I’ll add more products! I’ll keep this site posted too when I add anything I think might be interesting!



Etsy Store


I’m still working towards my market stall and I feel like I’m getting closer everyday and I’m getting excited! But I was thinking that while I work towards that I might have a look at selling on Etsy.

I’ve made some cute little charms for bracelets and necklaces and am hoping people would be keen to get those!

Has anyone ever sold on Etsy before? What was your experience? Was it easy, hard, didn’t really bother you? I worry about having to supply and send off the charms and i something happens or they get lost you know?

~Sarah 🙂

Crafty craft!

Been getting my hands (and face!) dirty with a good bit of DIY crafting lately. Praise the almighty Pinterest! For without Pinterest I would never know I am terrible at hand making books both soft and hard cover. I’d like to try again though now I kind of know what I’m doing… Lots of fun though! 

The Journal of Infinite Possibility!

It is with much jubilation and just a touch of exhaustion I am so excited to let everyone know of long term project that has finally been realized!

I’ve been working closely with Clan Destine Press and together we have created The Journal of Infinite Possibility, the first, last and only journal you will need to inspire those stories, drawings and everything else! It’s designed to help get the creative juices flowing and helping you move past that ever so irritating block.

We’ve got a fantastic giveaway going on right now too so enter for your chance to win this fabulous book!


Some of the images we’ve used are here to further entice you and tip your hand into grabbing a copy 😉

~Sarah Pain

Still here!

I’m still here and still active I promise however I’ve had a lot of work happening with my actual job and some side stuff I’ve picked up so personal work has had to go on hold for a while but I have tons of ideas ready to draw! Very excited to start when I can! 

Also I’m so excited for my lovely new A3 drawing book! Finally some big detailed work will hopefully be coming soon!


So much to come! (Ramble)

So excited for after Christmas when I can post all the pieces I’ve been working on. So many with some many varieties of black and white and colour. Flowers seems to be a strong theme through out. One I feel I should continue because they’re fun to draw and colouring is always an exciting challenge. See which colours mix and which ones look terrible and hit the bin. Anyway, ramble ramble.