Posts tagged with “gaming

Pax East 2019

2/18/2019 • ☕️ 4 minute read

In March, I will be traveling to Boston for PAX East 2019. I am lucky enough to be on six panels this year ranging from moral panic to the nostaliga of video games. If you are going to be traveling East for PAX this year, here is where you will be…

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Video game loot boxes are psychologically akin to gambling: A rebuttal

8/2/2018 • ☕️ 9 minute read

In June 2018, a commentary article entitled “Video game loot boxes are psychologically akin to gambling” by Aaron Drummond and James D. Sauer (2018) was published in Nature. The authors assess if loot boxes (i.e., purchasable randomized rewards in…

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Pax West 2018

7/24/2018 • ☕️ 2 minute read

In a few short weeks, I will be joining some of my favorite people at PAX West in Seattle, WA. This time around, I will be participating in two different panels.

On Saturday, I will be part of the The Psychology of The Legend of Zelda Franchise panel alongside Drs. Anthony Bean, Stephen Daniel, and Sarah Hays…

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A Parent's Guide on Family Confidential

3/18/2018 • ☕️ 1 minute read

Have a tween or teen obsessed with video games? Find yourself in a constant battle over how much your kids spend on video games?

Earlier in the year, I spoke with Annie Fox about A Parent’s Guide to Video Games about kids’ gaming, its effect on…

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Games and Spirituality

10/16/2017 • ☕️ 1 minute read

Back in August, I was interviewed by the Philadelphia Inquirer about the role that video games can play in spirituality. Specifically, how video games may help one connect with their spirituality and possibly induce feelings of transcendence.

This…

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Beware of 'Digital Heroin' Clickbait

7/18/2017 • ☕️ 1 minute read

This week a new article published by Psychology Today entitled “Parenting in the Era of Addictive Electronics” puts forward the assumption that ”screen time, particularly the interactive kind acts like a stimulant, not unlike caffeine, amphetamines…

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ICYMI: New Game Studies Books

4/30/2017 • ☕️ 2 minute read

What a time to be someone who studies video games! When I started down this line of research (~2008) there were very few comprehensive resources in the field — particularly books. Flash forward to today, and there are literally hundreds! However…

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#AskDrRachel, A New Monthly Column Hosted by Fangirl Magazine

3/11/2017 • ☕️ 1 minute read

I am proud to announce that I will be contributing a new monthly column to Fangirl Magazine called “Ask Dr. Rachel!”. In it, I will be fielding questions posed through social media about all things video games, and game studies, with a focus on media…

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Sexism, Misogyny, and Harrasment in Online Games

2/28/2017 • ☕️ 1 minute read

Concern about sexism, misogyny, and harassment in online games is of an ever growing concern among parents around the globe. This is perhaps because online games continue to grow in popularity among female players (in fact, a 2015 Pew Research study…

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Digital Heroin: A rebuttal

2/13/2017 • ☕️ 3 minute read

In August 2016, Dr. Nicholas Kardas published an article in the New York Post entitled “It’s ‘digital heroin’: How screens turn kids into psychotic junkies”. In the opening paragraphs, he describes how playing Minecraft on an iPad quickly turned a…

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A Parent's Guide, Video Games, & Christmas

12/24/2016 • ☕️ 1 minute read

This week, I visited my local Fox news studio to talk about A Parent’s Guide…, video games, and Christmas. A lot of parents are concerned about the amount of time their children playing games during the holiday season. How much is too much? Is it…

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A Parent’s Guide on KXAN

12/20/2016 • ☕️ 1 minute read

This morning I had the pleasure of talking about A Parent’s Guide to Video Games on my local NBC affiliate news station. It is especially important to talk about video games this time of year, as many parents are scrambling to get their children’s…

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New Book Alert: A Parent's Guide to Video Games

12/3/2016 • ☕️ 1 minute read

My new book, A Parent’s Guide to Video Games: The essential guide to understanding how video games impact your child’s physical, social, and psychological well-being, was released this week!

Despite the fact that video games have been in our everyday…

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The American Journal of Play weighs in on the Video Game Debate

8/4/2016 • ☕️ 2 minute read

The American Journal of Play published a review of The Video Game Debate this week. Taking a scholarly approach, Patrick Markey (Villanova University) does a great job of overviewing what The Video Game Debate… does and does not address. Perhaps…

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Independent Consulting

7/19/2016 • ☕️ 1 minute read

Recently, I have started to take on some research and design consultancy work. This has allowed me to continue my work in the field of psychology/game studies as well as dabble in specific areas of research I may not have had the opportunity to do so…

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Understanding Video Game Research

4/29/2016 • ☕️ 1 minute read

This week Massively OP published an op-ed on understanding video game research. It does a really great job of outlining what is important to pay attention to when digesting this kind of research as well as what should potentially be questioned when…

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Five Misconceptions About the Effects of Violent Video Game Play

1/4/2016 • ☕️ 3 minute read

When tragedies such as mass shootings occur, blame is often placed (at least partially) on video games (see here and here). As interactive spaces, video games – and violent video games in particular – are often at the centre of the debate, as…

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Holiday Shopping Tips

12/19/2015 • ☕️ 4 minute read

I am often asked for advice about how to be a smart shopper when buying video games. With Christmas just around the corner, I thought it was a good time to post the advice I have been anecdotally sharing with my close friends and family over the last…

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#VGDebate on Computer America

12/16/2015 • ☕️ 1 minute read

This week I joined the team at Computer America (the longest running nationally syndicated radio show on computers and technology) to talk about “The Video Game Debate: Unravelling the Physical, Social and Psychological Effects of Digital Games”.

Lucky for us, Computer America is not only broadcast on the radio but it is also streamed (with video) via their website! So, if you have been wondering what “The Video Game Debate…” is all about, be sure and check out the archive of this week’s show…

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The Video Game Debate

9/17/2015 • ☕️ 3 minute read

New Book Announcement: The Video Game Debate: Unravelling the Physical, Social, and Psychological Effects of Digital Games (Kowert & Quandt, Eds).

Prof. Thorsten Quandt and I are proud to announce the release of The Video Game Debate: Unravelling the…

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Video Games and Social Competence

2/9/2015 • ☕️ 2 minute read

The popularization and affordability of Internet connectivity has changed the way video games are played by allowing individuals to connect worldwide in shared gaming spaces. These highly social environments allow players to connect, interact with…

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#OrangeDot Campaign

11/29/2014 • ☕️ 1 minute read

In an attempt to combat some of the bad press that games, gaming, and gamers have received over the last few months (#GamerGate anyone?), Good Games Writing launched their #OrangeDot Campaign this month. The primary aim of this campaign was to help…

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