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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 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…