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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…

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. His presentation was very eccentric, moving, and hilarious, and he reminded me a lot of Matt Foley (in a good way) in that one SNL sketch.  Except,…

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 during the pandemic. A more diverse audience is tapping into the community than ever before. As gaming has become, dare I say, “mainstream,” many are realizing the…

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…