Real Talk with Lauren – Where Have OK Games Been?

Hey there, everyone!

If you haven’t heard of me before, I’m Lauren, OK Games’ social and community manager. If you’ve ever seen a post on Facebook or Twitter or had OK Games reply to a comment, that’s me! (99% of the time, also, sorry for any awful, awful puns made.) I’m here writing today not about games but about something else entirely. If you’ve already switched off, I completely understand; this isn’t what you’re here for but there’s some great content out there! Go find it, I’ll just be here!

When OK Games began in the tiny, humid office of Josh’s house, I automatically offered to become the site’s community manager. Not only is digital marketing and public relations somewhat of a hobby for me but I felt I could bring my own values, my own flair to the site and whatever community we grew. I’m so proud of the community we have. You’re all such nice and patient people! However, as of late, I feel like I’ve let you all down.

I’d be lying if I said honesty wasn’t one of my most valued beliefs. I’ve grown up on the internet in such wonderful communities and I’ve been in some… other ones. I’ve always wanted to be one of those community managers who drops what they’re doing if someone asks a question, or if they leave a nice comment because I wanted everyone to feel like they were welcomed here – which you completely are by the way – but I think it’s time to tell you all a little of what’s being going on behind closed doors.

We’re kind of a small group of friends here at OKG HQ. Some of us live 5 minutes away, some of us are closer to 7 hours away and we’re trying our best to bring you some great, Aussie content. Sometimes it’s one-of-a-kind, other times it’s regurgitated news that you’ve read 50 times already but we always try to put our own personal spin on it. However, as of late, you’ve probably been wondering where we’ve gone. We went to PAX AUS, gave it our all, and then… poof.


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Here’s where the honesty kicks in: mental illness is a fucking cunt (sorry mum). It sneaks up from behind and latches onto you and sometimes you don’t realise at first. Yes, this is all the shit you’ve heard before on TV and in school and in every other form of media out there and I apologise for vomiting it all up for the millionth time, but it’s kind of hanging over our heads right now. Look, it’s not winning, not at all, but it’s definitely there. Our content is suffering, our website is suffering, our community is suffering but we’re getting through this the best we can at the moment. For a while now – on Facebook at least – I’ve been posting things every now and again stating we’d be back in the New Year because I thought we would be, but you can’t predict what happens in your life. You can’t predict that you’ll be up and running next week because you’re feeling run down today; it just doesn’t work like that.

So, I’m here to tell you all, any of you that are listening, any of you that care, that we’ll be back… eventually. I don’t want to keep saying “we’ll be back next week!” followed by “we’ll be back next month!” followed by “look out for new content coming this Easter!” because, at this point, none of us knows when we’ll be completely on our feet, but we do know we’ll get there eventually. And really, I just wanted to be completely honest with you guys. We’ll still be doing our podcasts (they really help), and we’ll have content coming out every now and again. If you don’t see anything for a while, don’t worry. We’ll be back soon. We haven’t given up our values.

And since I’m here on the subject, I just want to let any and all of you out there know that I’m here for you. We’re all here for you. We know what it’s like and we’re not judgemental people. We want you to know that OK Games is a safe space, and I know that term in the gaming community sometimes comes with either praise or mockery, but it’s true. If anyone wants to chat or whatever, you can contact me via email: lauren@okgames.com.au .


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This is me, here, fondling invisible balls with my friends. I’m kind of a hermit, I’m always on the internet or Facebook or playing Animal Crossing. If you don’t want to talk to me but someone else at OKG HQ, that’s fine, I don’t even like talking to me sometimes, I’ll pass your name along.

Just in case you didn’t know, there are also these guys:


Headspace

1800 650 890

Free online and telephone service that supports young people aged between 12 and 25 and their families going through a tough time.

Kids Helpline

1800 55 1800

A free, private and confidential, telephone and online counselling service specifically for young people aged between 5 and 25.

MensLine Australia

1300 78 99 78

A telephone and online support, information and referral service, helping men to deal with relationship problems in a practical and effective way.

QLife

1800 184 527

3pm-12am

QLife is Australia’s first nationally-oriented counselling and referral service for LGBTI people. The project provides nation-wide, early intervention, peer supported telephone and web-based services to diverse people of all ages experiencing poor mental health, psychological distress, social isolation, discrimination, experiences of being misgendered and/or other social determinants that impact on their health and wellbeing.

Relationships Australia

1300 364 277

A provider of relationship support services for individuals, families and communities.

SANE Australia

1800 18 7263

Information about mental illness, treatments, where to go for support and help carers.

Lifeline

13 11 14

Lifeline is a national charity providing all Australians experiencing a personal crisis with access to 24-hour crisis support and suicide prevention services.


So, basically, I just wanted to tell you guys that we’re not okay (Ha! I didn’t even mean that as a pun) right now, but we will be. I know none of you have asked about our absence but rather than sit around waiting for that to happen, I’ve decided to be proactive. If you feel differently about us now, I apologise, that wasn’t my intention. We’re still stuffing as many Simpsons quote into everyday life as we can (that’s helping too, not going to lie).

If you know anyone else going through something like this, just lend a hand. They may not want it at first but at least they know you’re rooting for them. And remember, no one knows what you’re going through, but you also don’t know what anyone else is going through, so be kind to one another.

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Twitter @TheLaurenMcLean

Lauren's been at OK Games since the beginning, She's a passionate Xbox supporter even though she began her gaming with Nintendo and PlayStation. She loves her Bioshock Infinite influenced cat, Booker DeKatt, as well as complaining about things that don't need to be complained about.