Devil’s Advocate

Devils Advocate

Devil’s Advocate is a serious game intended to “help prepare deploying soldiers for the myriad of psychological challenges they will face during the stages of deployment….Cognitive distortions and thoughts are negative, maladaptive ways of thinking. Devil’s Advocate helps to fight cognitive distortions by taking an individual through the first step of cognitive restructuring — automatic thought identification. Players will take control of Judith, an otherworldly being whose job it is to eliminate soldiers’ cognitive distortions. The players must move undetected around a base and sneak up behind an individual who is currently plagued by a negative automatic thought. They are then tasked with identifying and labeling the specific automatic thought the soldier is having. Once they apply the correct label to the automatic thought, a new, positive automatic thought replaces it.”

The objective of this work is to help prepare deploying soldiers for the myriad of psychological challenges they will face during the stages of deployment.  The objective of this work is to help prepare deploying soldiers for the myriad of psychological challenges they will face during the stages of deployment. The objective of this work is to help prepare deploying soldiers for the myriad of psychological challenges they will face during the stages of deployment.