Category: "Gaming"

Gamer Morality: The initial results

A few months ago I invited you all to take part in my thesis experiment. Finally, the grades have been handed out and I’m able to share my initial results with you. I won’t bore you with all the academic necessities included in the thesis, but if you do wish to see the final product […]

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STFU, “GTFO”

Warning: strong language I hate that this documentary exists. This is just more fuel to the fire. This whole gender thing actually has little to do with gaming and more to do with the fact that prejudices and social stratification exist in the western world. Just that now with the connectivity afforded through gaming, we […]

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Morality

Do you pull a lever to rescue 5 people on a runaway trolley, yet in doing so, you will take the life of an innocent bystander? I’m writing my thesis on moral decision making. Basically, I want to investigate if exposure to certain types of media content can shape certain (cognitive) aspects of decision making, […]

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eSports at the Olympic Games?

There is currently a petition being circulated in an attempt to get gaming in the Olympic games. Gaming as in eSports. Olympics as in the thing with athletics. Dubbed the “Torch for Gaming”, the manifesto on their website takes the Olympic philosophies and puts them… well… out of context. I just don’t see it happening, […]

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CNN, when are you gonna stop being so silly?

A recently published article on CNN takes a weird spin on pro-gaming, turning something which could have been a wonderful, poetic story into a fear-mongering article about gaming addiction. The article is loosely based around pro Starcraft II player MarineKing (also known as MKP) and the ‘gaming addiction’ he faced, which almost tore his family […]

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Gaming can be good for you

Since I rant on about it pretty often enough, I wonder if there are some of you left that still have the impression that gaming isn’t particularly good for you? Due to sensationalist media headlines (like this) we’ve all been led to believe it, but it’s not entirely true. For every reason we are given […]

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Oh CNN, you so silly

As if the Anders Breivik case needed to have headlines beyond the horrific events, CNN decides to shine the spotlight on the evils of gaming: These silly headlines were noticed immediately and accusations of fear pandering started. Soon after, CNN changed the headline ‘Killer Breivik trained on video games for massacre’ to something less sensationalist. […]

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Gamer Hero takes a bullet

Normally, gamers get the shit end of the stick in the mainstream media. Causality of violent behaviour in real life is often attributed to virtual violence, most recently with the Grand Theft Auto series deemed to encourage rioters in their abhorrent behaviour. The second most common appearance of gamers in the mainstream media feature negligent […]

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Female discrimination online

A few days ago, Kotaku posted about an upcoming launch party for Battlefield 3. What makes this event somewhat striking though is that females are not able to attend. Instead of promoting the event as a “guys night out” or something similar, they claimed that this exclusion of females was an attempt to combat misogyny: […]

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Alienware challenge 2011 Kicks off

If you were an avid reader of my website last summer, you’ll know that I participated in the Alienware Backpacking Challenge, where 4 bloggers were sent out to the big bad world with the bare minimum, a minimal budget and a sweet M11x laptop. We had to endure weekly challenges for 8 weeks, followed by […]

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