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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

“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 created massive careers in content creation, and helped…

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 Woman’s Streaming 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…

More Than Meets the Eye: A Young Woman’s Gaming Experience

After playing World of Warcraft for the first time at 13, I realized that voice communication was going to be a helpful tool for completing quests, socializing with other players, and adding a whole new dimension to the game. It wasn’t easy convincing my parents to purchase a headset for…

Women in Games: A State of the Industry

The gaming and esports industry is seeing an incredible explosion in audience growth on all levels, including women who are playing and interested in working in esports. However, it’s also uncovered a dark culture that has existed for far too long. Stories of sexism and misogyny in video games are…

More Than Meets The Eye: Earning An Extra Life

Author’s Note: Hey there! Welcome to the first post in my More Than Meets the Eye (MTME) series. MTME is a collection of personal narratives surrounding the topics of mental, physical, and emotional health in gaming from my perspective. As an only child in an upper middle-class household, college was…