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The Life of Call of Duty Esports Has Been Stripped Away

Call of Duty esports has never felt more fragile. Now as a fully recognized franchised league under Activision’s umbrella, you’d think the league would be thriving. Unfortunately, we’re several months after the launch of Call of Duty: Vanguard and there’s nothing to be said about the Call of Duty League…

8 Gaming New Year’s Resolutions

We’ve all done it. We make a New Year’s Resolution and start it off. Then it falls on the wayside after a couple of months. But what if you got even more specific with that resolution and focused it around something you love? I think it’s safe to say if…

Finding Acceptance: Gaming While Queer

Gaming as a queer person has evolved since the 1990s, and now more than ever it is easy to find someone to identify with in video games. Growing up male and feminine in the Deep South, I struggled to fit into a world defined by masculinity. Southern society requires you…

P.T. is Still One of the Best Horror Games Ever Made

P.T. might have only been a glimpse into what could have been achieved with Hideo Kojima’s Silent Hills, but it’s still one of the best horror games ever created. If you’re lucky enough to have a PS4 with the teaser still installed, it’s worth jumping back into the experience. What…

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,…