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5 Tips to Avoid Tilt in Gaming

Tilt is a part of the competitive gaming culture, but unfortunately it’s detrimental to our skills in-game and our mood IRL. Urban Dictionary calls tilt an “emotional state” that comes from doing the same thing repeatedly and having the same negative results. It can feel like an “emotional breakdown” from…

Can’t Sleep? Here Are Five Great Games For Insomniacs

Picture this: it’s late at night and you’re trying to get some rest, but you can’t seem to get any sleep. You keep tossing and turning, anticipating that big work meeting, final paper, or other gigantic task that you’ve been dreading for weeks. You know you need to get some…

5 Video Games Proven To Reduce Anxiety

Many of us turn to video games in times when we need to unwind from a stressful situation or when we simply want to have a relaxing, care-free day. In my case, after a long work week, my Saturdays often involve a morning cup of coffee, a cozy blanket, and…

Purposeful Play: Finding Balance Between Esports and College

Thanks to their ballooning worldwide popularity, esports have extended into the collegiate space over the last several years. Schools have started and managed their own teams to compete in tournaments hosted by organizations like CSL Esports and Tespa; the biggest schools are even offering scholarships to prospective players. The amount…

The History Of Gaming Disorder: Diagnosis, Treatment, And Prevention

Studies have proven that video games can relieve stress and act as an escape from life’s obstacles. In fact, the list of benefits that gaming has on mental health, learning, and socialization is lengthy, but like everything else in the world, there’s a too much line to cross. Too much…

Video Games in Lockdown Have Helped Boost Our Mental Health

I’ll just say it: Video games are fantastic for our mental health. I’ll also say that as a gamer, much like the rest of you, I adore playing video games. Obviously I’m going to be a little biased.  Long gone are the days of games solely existing in arcades. They…

The 5 Most Relaxing Video Games Out Right Now

I usually have one of three goals when it comes to my gaming sessions. Sometimes, I’m in the mood for some healthy competition with friends. Other times, I’m determined to beat that near-impossible game I’ve been at for weeks, hopefully without throwing my controller at a wall. Then there’s my…

Tackling Stress In Games – Part 2: Minimizing Tilt

If you want to make your gaming experience healthier and more positive, it’s not enough to simply identify stressors; that’s only the first step. Tackling stress and tilt in games requires developing a mindfulness strategy that takes into consideration your own habits, the types of games you’re playing, and the…

3 Ways Video Games Can Empower Autistic Players

Video games historically have had a reputation of being addictive, violent, and/or harmful. However, as more research is performed and as educators implement esports/gaming programs, the narrative about video games is changing.  One of the attractive qualities about video games and esports is that they can be inclusive. This inclusivity…

Tackling Stress In Games – Part 1: Identifying Stressors

Think about the last time you played a game (for many of us, it was probably within the last 24 hours). Was it a fun, relaxing experience? Did it leave you feeling fulfilled and happy, or did you find yourself experiencing stress by the experience? Maybe you got tilted in…