Alderac Entertainment Group (AEG) is making a Batman-themed version of its popular Love Letter game in which players attempt to round up escaped villains from Arkham Asylum (the original game revolves around suitors trying to get love letters through to a princess through intermediaries).
Take back the streets of Gotham City! The most notorious villains in Gotham City have escaped Arkham Asylum and it’s up to the Dark Knight to round them up and return them to their padded cells! Batman comes together with the award-winning Love Letter to bring a new style of play to this hit game. Featuring new rules that put you in the cowl of the Dark Knight, you’ll fight to capture the most dangerous criminals in Gotham City! Love Letter: Batman Edition is a game of risk, deduction, and luck for 2-4 players. Earn Batman Tokens by eliminating opponents and by winning each round for a new spin on classic Love Letter! Featuring quick play and easy to learn rules, Love Letter: Batman will be a hit for any Bat-Fan!
Kotaku has an interesting article by a couple of psychiatry residents at McGill University on what Batman: Arkham Asylum gets right and wrong about psychiatric hospitals (yes, I was surprised to learn it wasn’t an entirely authentic depiction of a psychiatric asylum as well–probably should have come with a disclaimer to that effect).
It’s unclear if there is a truly psychotic character in Arkham Asylum; a character like Harley Quinn might fit in this group, and the case could be made for Batman himself (although he’s much more likely to walk out of an interview with a diagnosis of something like post-traumatic stress disorder with obsessive-compulsive personality traits).
For example, Harley Quinn might hold the delusional belief that Batman is evil or that the Joker loves her, despite clear evidence to the contrary. In real life, a person may believe his neighbor is the Devil, and he may hear the voice of God commanding him to defend himself. In this respect, a psychotic patient committing a crime is often found “not criminally responsible” on the grounds that they acted based on false beliefs and misperceptions.
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The Joker, as portrayed in the Arkham series, actually appears more psychopathic than psychotic. He doesn’t hear voices, he doesn’t believe he has a special purpose, and he doesn’t feel that the people he’s hurting somehow deserve it… he just thinks it’s funny. The Joker may commit crimes for reasons that don’t make sense to the rest of us, but he knows full well that the things he does are seen as “wrong” by society. This means that by most definitions, he’s criminally responsible. There is raging disagreement amongst mental health professionals as to whether psychopathy (or for that matter, other “personality disorders”), is considered a “real” mental disorder. In any case, psychopaths are generally fully able to understand and appreciate their criminal acts and are often found guilty for their crimes.