Mind

Is Gaming As An Escape Dangerous?

If you’re anything like me, gaming is more than just a passing fancy or a general hobby. Gaming is a lifestyle, a passion, and an escape from the everyday rigors of the world around us. When I get stressed, anxious, or worn down, I love being able to escape to…

Never Enough Time: The Dangers of Crunch In The Game Industry

If you’re a part of video game fan communities on the internet, you’ve probably heard the word “crunch” tossed around. As large game studios’ practices and proceedings have come into light in recent years, crunch has become a much more talked about part of making games. As fun and exciting…

An Animal Crossing Group Chat Helped Me Survive Lockdown

I know, I know – you’ve heard enough about Animal Crossing: New Horizons becoming the new way to socialize amid the pandemic. We even mentioned it in a post about video games as a social platform just a few months ago. Well, I have firsthand experience in meeting new friends…

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…

More Than Meets the Eye: Solo Queue

Video games are becoming more prevalent in daily life due to being one of few available sources of entertainment and regular social interaction in Pandemicland. A more diverse audience is tapping into the community than ever before. As gaming has become, dare I say, “mainstream,” many are realizing the inherent…

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…

How are Video Games Fighting Seasonal Depression?

Seasonal Affective Depression (SAD) is a struggle for many of us. Cold weather—not to mention a pandemic—is forcing us to stay inside more, the sun sets way too early for comfort, and our sleep suffers because of these changes. Because of our need to remain isolated and indoors, more video…

Video Games are Good for Our Health

Video games have many benefits, but in the past, our culture has not viewed gaming as exactly “good for you.” Thankfully, in the last decade, science has proven culture’s view wrong. Outside of the implicit fun to be had when doing something called “playing” and “gaming”—two words defined by fun—gaming…

Maintaining Balance and Positive Health in Esports

What if I told you the secret to a successful and long career in esports didn’t rely on your skill in-game? The grind mentality has cultivated a negative culture in gaming and esports, and placed an unnecessary burden on competitors, content creators, and nearly every other role that exists in…

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,…

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…

Women in Gaming: Author, Suzanne Park

Suzanne Park’s Loathe at First Sight is a comedic and charismatic romance set in the video game industry. The protagonist Melody Joo, a Korean American, has landed her very first job in the gaming industry as a production assistant at Seventeen Studios. She learns quickly that this field isn’t friendly…