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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 badass 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….

Representation From the Eyes of the Represented

Until a couple of years ago, I have never worried about representation in video games. If I’m being completely honest with you all, it’s just never something that crossed my mind. Until recent years, it’s just not a topic I felt like I needed to bother myself with. That’s because…

More Than Meets the Eye: Virtual Learning

I’ll never forget about this motivational speaker they invited to my high school back in the early 2010s. His name is Jeff Yalden. He was very eccentric, moving, and hilarious, and he reminded me a lot of Matt Foley in that one SNL sketch.  Except, instead of telling us we’d…

Gaming Habits And The Effects Of The Pandemic

First of all, I’m not going to start this piece by acting like my gaming habits were great and I didn’t play a lot of video games before the pandemic. I did and there’s no sense in denying it.  My gaming habits have never been what most would call “healthy,”…

Finding Balance In A Digital World

When I was a kid, I fell a lot. I fell over, fell down, fell sideways when I was sitting in chairs, etc., and when I say I fell a lot, I do mean A LOT. It wasn’t my fault, to be honest, genetics and the awkwardness of childhood didn’t…

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…