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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…

How to Embrace Stress Free Gaming

Video games offer an outlet for our frustrations and allow us to temporarily escape from the real world. Games have become a safety blanket and provided entertainment during lockdown, but the stressors inside video games can build a counterproductive experience and create unhealthy habits. Understanding your triggers and embracing your…

How Can Technology Help and Hinder Our Sleep?

Technology plays a massive role in all of our lives these days—morning, noon, and, somewhat unfortunately, night. Most of us have heard of at least some of the ways that tech devices can cause sleep issues. But thankfully, we can also use technology to help our sleep. Let’s walk through…

Dreaming and Its Effect on Our Sleep

Sometimes we remember them—sometimes we don’t. Sometimes they’re amazing—sometimes they’re awful. Dreams and our recollection of them really run the gamut and depend on a variety of factors, not all entirely known. And in fact, most are unknown. So, what do we know about dreaming? What is dreaming, really? Society…

How Does SAD Affect Gaming and Sleep?

We’re approaching the fall and winter months, and for some people that means we’re approaching SAD seasons—“SAD” as in seasonal affective disorder. SAD affects many people throughout the year and in different ways, but for gamers with SAD, some of those effects can be more acute. Let’s discuss. What is…