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How do Games Help You Build Social Resilience?

Games can provide a lower stakes environment to practice social skills, build social resilience, and find social connections. Along with being an activity for self-expression, creativity, and fun, games also provide social benefits for many players in powerful ways. Gaming as an act of self-care doesn’t end with relaxation; the…

DayZ Is The Ultimate Cozy Game

DayZ might interject a dose of high danger, but beyond that it’s the ultimate cozy game. That’s right. I said it. I’m not going to act like I didn’t write that headline in that specific way, hoping to entice you to click into this Frankenstein’s monster of a video game…

Esports in the Olympics: Is it Only a Matter of Time?

Esports in the Olympics has been a sporadic topic for years. As more people have entered the industry, the loose topic has become more of a debate: Should esports be included in the Olympics? Who needs whom the most?  According to a report from Reuters, the esports industry is projected…

Gaming and Esports: What’s the Difference?

Outside of the industry, many use “gaming” and “esports” interchangeably in conversations. This common mistake is understandable, given that both involve the act of playing video games.  However, they are truly different from each other.  For starters, the gaming industry generated over $150 billion in revenue last year, as compared…

Gaming and Community: How Virtual Worlds Build Real Connection

Watch someone playing a game from a distance, and it may be hard to recognize the ways in which they are part of a community, but if you listen to the women, femme-identifying gamers, and nonbinary people comfortable in spaces that center women who have shared their stories with the*gameHERs,…

Top 3 Steps to Help You Grind for a Career in Gaming

Finding a career is challenging, especially now. The sweeping work-from-home adjustments made last year were a catalyst for well-needed changes in the job market, but they can be confusing to navigate. In a Microsoft survey of 30,000 people from 31 countries, results showed that 73% of workers want to continue…

Who Has The Power: Gamers vs Creators

Anytime I think of the word “power,” my brain immediately goes to Emperor Palpatine from Revenge of the Sith while he’s roasting Mace Windu. Is anyone in that boat with me? The context doesn’t even need to matter. If someone utters that word, I immediately dive into Palpatine mode and yell,…

More Than Meets the Eye: A Farewell

There is always more than what meets the eye. That’s why I started writing this blog series. My goal was to shine a spotlight on gamers, who are traditionally underrepresented due to stigma.  There is a lot more to a gamer than what we see from the outside, and I…

Gaming and Financial Health: What are the Pitfalls?

Health and wellness awareness in the gaming and esports worlds is at an all-time peak. It’s what we’re all about here at Ritual Motion. How can we, the gamers, find a physical and mental balance between our favorite hobby and the life outside of it? As a united subculture, I…

More Than Meets the Eye: Fan Service in Video Games

One of my favorite things about video games is being able to customize my character so they look bad*ss on the battlefield. Whether it’s something as simple as changing hair color, creating awesome outfits, or unlocking new skins, character customization is always something that captures my attention in any game….