How Evil are Video Games Really?

It's all you hear about these days- children are becoming more aggressive because of earlier exposure to violence via video games, all children are becoming hopelessly addicted to their xboxs and play-stations, Satan lives in your console, etc etc. But how true is this? We've all had those moments when somebody beating you on the screen has us wanting to fling the controller out of the window- but for me personally that tends to be caused by Princess Peach streaking over the finish line a second before me. So just how bad are video games?...more

Mobile Education Games for Children

No more teachers, no more books is the siren song of summer, but chances are you'd prefer your kiddos hang onto at least a shred of their education over the warmer months. If you were born to homeschool you're all set. But if you look at the new math and cringe it pays to seek out some summertime support....more

A Response to the Utah State University's Lack of Protection for Anita Sarkeesian

Earlier this month Anita Sarkeesian was to speak at Utah State University about misogyny in gaming. This resulted in an email being sent out to several faculty members at the university stating that there was going to be a shooting if she was to speak. Anita Sarkeesian, like any sane person, asked the university to provide her with security. The university replied, saying that because Utah is a concealed carry state, could not provided added security because it is the citizens right to carry a firearm as long as they have a license....more

Warmachine Tournament

Warmachine Tournament May the odds be ever in your favor!  ~Suzanne Collins...more

Video Gaming While Grubbing: The best snacks for preoccupied hands

Yes, I have ovaries and LOVE playing my Xbox. Contrary to popular belief, these two events are not mutually exclusive. This post is dedicated to all gamers out there who've experienced the agony of being killed in an intense game of Call of Duty (or whatever your game of choice is) just because you decided to give into your hunger and risk everything by picking up a pretzel from the bowl a foot away. If you have suffered from this tragedy, do not fret, for this post will end your constant fear of going hungry while gaming....more

Why 'Games for Women' Has Given Me Rage Face

I grew up with video games.  My family wasn't wealthy, but my two older brothers and I saved our pennies and my father agreed to pitch in so we could buy our first gaming system: a TI-99/4A.  Image Credit: Quagmire's Photos via Flickr I played Parsec, Hunt the Wumpus, and Alpiner with the best of them. As time passed, we continued to save our pennies so we could upgrade our game systems and purchase more games. ...more
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7 writing (and life) lessons I learned from playing Civilization V

I’m not exactly what you would call a gamer, but God of War taught me some time ago that I am far from immune to gaming’s addictive charm. Since that heady period of 3am bedtimes and caffeine-infused mornings, I’ve stumbled upon a strategy game called Civilization V…and there’s no turning back....more

Meddlers

In between the realities of my life, the day-to-day concerns about whether or not I’d have my job the next day. In between the endless pursuit of political clarity in my graduate program. In between the hurried and harried funeral, and subsequent introduction to my father’s side of the family. In between the stoic and cold separation from my spouse. In between my transition from one beloved group of friends to another in my Second Life…It seems I had actually caught someone’s attention....more

Virtual Paradise

I’m in my head again. Trying to avoid remembering again. It’s one thing to go back and remember your childhood, family life from 30 odd years ago; it’s something else entirely to look back at yourself after only a few years. To look back at pain so fresh the wounds are still weeping. I’d rather remember the good stuff, in both worlds....more

Catfish

My first year in Second Life was amazing. The first person I became friends with, Reya, took me under her wing and taught me how to use the design tools. We explored different sims together, told each other our secrets, and even rented land together next to her good friend Vollmar. Now Vollmar had created this fricking amazing sim next door, a huge warehouse filled with staging equipment. Yes, I said that correctly. Virtual staging equipment that is used for larger events inside the game....more
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