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Streamers Are Not Your Therapists

Take a moment and imagine this: you’ve just found a new streamer to watch on Twitch. They seem really nice and funny, and you enjoy watching them play. You get to know some people in chat, and the streamer even responds to your comments a few times. After a couple…

Running to Gaming Music Has Kept Me Sane in Lockdown

Things are rough right now – we all know it. We hoped the mess would stay behind in 2020, but the first week of 2021 has proved just as tumultuous. In addition to all that, it’s also January, a time when people make resolutions for the new year. If your…

The Responsibility of the Gaming Influencer

Gaming Influencers need to get their act together. I need you to know my brain is thinking another word, but I’m typing “act” because this is my second article on Ritual Motion and, while I’m not 100% positive, I’m like 99.9% sure no-no words aren’t allowed. Before we dive deeper…

Games Done Quick: A Massive Effort by the Speedrunning Community

Awesome Games Done Quick (AGDQ) 2021 Online is right around the corner (Jan 3rd-10th), and is one of the most exciting charity speedrunning events of the year benefitting Prevent Cancer Foundation. Although AGDQ is usually in-person, due to current events, it will take place online, making it the second major…

What Makes a Man? Gaming and Masculinity

I’ll start with a simple question: What makes a man? It’s a question that I’ve heard my entire life and the most prominent answer is always one thing: “BE TOUGH. DON’T SHOW EMOTION.” It’s such a jaded view of a nuanced question. This perception of the idea of “masculinity” is…

Gaming Has Started to Reshape Our Culture

Gaming has seen a dramatic evolution since its conception. In 1958, the first video game was created. Tennis for Two, developed by American physicist William Higinbotham, designed the tennis simulation after learning that the Donner Model 30 analog computer could simulate trajectories with wind resistance. “Players could turn a knob…

Battling Gaming Fatigue and Burnout

2020 has been a cocktail of events and devastation, and for a lot of people, gaming has transformed into a larger source of escape and solace. Shoving away the hardships of the world for a couple of hours of gametime seems like a normal and healthy thing to do. However,…

More Than Meets the Eye: Stepping Up

As a member of a South Philly Italian household, food was the centerpiece of my familial experience. We love nothing more than to share a chat over delicious foods, pass down ancient family recipes, and ensure that no one leaves a gathering hungry (or without copious amounts of leftovers). As…

The Dark Side of Content

The Dark Side of Content By: Crystal Mills “Do something you love and you’ll never work a day in your life.” A career in esports and video games is a dream for many. Streamers like Tyler “Ninja” Blevins, Rachell “Valkyrae” Hofstetter, Imane “Pokimane” Anys, and Benjamin “DrLupo” Lupo have all…

More Than Meets the Eye: Angsty Gains

Author’s Note: With gamer health and wellness at the forefront of my passion, the next two pieces in my More Than Meets the Eye series will revolve around the physical, mental, and social impacts of my extreme gaming habits and the changes I made throughout the years to overcome some…

More Than Meets the Eye: A Female Streamer Experience

The desire and ability for the individual to create and share content grew exponentially with the introduction of YouTube in 2006. Early “streamers” debuted regular pre-recorded episodes of things as simple as game walk-throughs or “Top #10 Plays” compilations. These were always fun to watch, especially with text overlays or…