Gaming Addiction –...

Addictions in general are only a very recent inclusion in psychology as psychological problems.  Psychology itself is often under fire for its often less than exact scientific approach to some things.  So when psychology begins labeling things like “gaming addiction” as a...
Jan 31, 2013

The Lame Politics of Bl...

Whenever a violent tragedy happens in our nation, politicians immediately feel compelled to take advantage of the publicity to “do something.”  Or at least appear to be doing something.  That’s their job.  Right?  To “do something” when things go...
Jan 11, 2013

5 Game Industry Predict...

Alright, it’s that time of year again.  The time when everyone makes their predictions about what’s going to happen in the hopes that by the time you realize it didn’t happen, you’ve forgotten who it was that said it would.  Like politicians on campaign stumps,...
Dec 31, 2012

Women in gaming and scr...

Currently, there is a meme that picked up speed early this week and has been running strong ever since.  It revolves around Twitter and the hashtag #1reasonwhy.  The conversation centers on women in the gaming industry and the blatant sexism that thrives in the world of game making and...
Nov 30, 2012

Is Zynga the future of ...

The gaming industry is going through some serious growing pains.  Console and traditional solo games are stumbling and losing market share.  Massive multiplayers are gaining popularity, but not nearly as quickly as another segment of the industry: casual games. Facebook and similar...
Nov 22, 2012

Celebrities in World of...

World of Warcraft is the undisputed champion of massive multiplayer online (MMO) role playing games (RPG).  It’s got more subscribers and more publicity than any other MMORPG, plus it has more celebrities who’ll cop to being players than any other as well. Celebrities large...
Oct 30, 2012

Lone Gamers In a World ...

Some of us are just loners.  Rebels.  Lobos.  Lone gunmen without a grassy knoll.  We prefer to be by ourselves.  Most of us who game will at least occasionally want to be alone.  I admit that I play Facebook games primarily because I don’t have to interact with anyone in...
Oct 24, 2012

10 Misconceptions About...

Chances are, if you’re reading this, you know a lot of gamers.  You’re probably one yourself.  This means that you’re intimately familiar with the lame cliche’s and stupid misconceptions about us that are rampant.  Sadly, it’s not just old people (i.e....
Oct 18, 2012

Gaming Then, Now, and T...

Gaming evolves and is continuing to evolve.  Unlike nature, however, there’s no argument over where video games started, but there is still a creation myth.  And like it or not, games are changing how we, as humanity, connect and interact. Back Then Back in the 1940s, a couple of...
Oct 12, 2012

Scandalous Gaming ̵...

The gaming industry is a lot like Hollywood or Washington, D.C.  It’s full of characters, hangers-on, weird B-listers, and robber barons.  While everyone knows that movie stars are generally nutcases and politicians are liars by nature, we still revel in the Jerry Springer moments...
Sep 30, 2012

Top 5 Gamer Lies

Gamers tell lies.  I know, it’s a shock to some of you, but it’s true.  Most of the time, they’re just little fibs and they’re usually told to make ourselves look cooler to our gamer friends.  I once had to explain this to a non-gamer (aka spouse) and told her...
Sep 28, 2012

Old Game Favorites That...

Remember the good ol’ days of gaming when our Atari, first-gen Nintendo, and 8088Mhz PCs were just discovering color graphics and pixels were measured in the low triple digits?  Remember when you had to put quarters into machines at the bowling alley or the mall to play games? ...
Sep 25, 2012