The Mechanics of Motivation in Fortnite

Fortnite is a phenomenon and the numbers really are impressive, but why? Why is Fortnite so far ahead of other games? As was discussed in the last article, there are certain psychological needs we try and meet through playing video games. When it comes to engaging its players, Fortnite doesn’t specialize in one category like some games do, rather it cleverly addresses …

Understanding The Video Game Debate

With the recent fear and excitement around Fortnite’s overwhelming popularity and the timing of the World Health Organization’s classification of a “Gaming Disorder”, It’s a great time to gain a little clarity around the video game debate. Personally, I’m interested in understanding the perspective of both sides of the debate so that we can truly learn from the exercise. With …

Gaming Disorder: Why It’s Easy To Misunderstand

Gaming Disorder is to be listed as a mental health condition for the first time by the World Health Organization.  This is big news because having a classification clarifies how serious the problematic behaviours have to be to qualify as a disease. However, one of the concerns around having a classification at all is that video games will be further …

What is he doing in there?

*Re-posted from Feb 21st 2017* I recently listened to a fantastic podcast that was put together by Michelle Ransom-Hughes, a radio producer at the ABC. Her podcast is called “What’s he doing in there?” and it was done on the ABC show called Earshot. The expressive illustration was done by Sophie Beer. You’ll hear Michelle interviewing her son Marco to discuss his …

3 Tips To Balance Gaming and University

From the point of view of a student, the university years are prime time for video games, especially if you live away from home. Freedom and autonomy are at their highest, but not without responsibility and the need for self regulation and time management skills. Games are really entertaining so when the competition for your time is academic work it’s …

The Gaming Quiz – Is it healthy or obsessive gaming in your home?

In Australia, 98% of homes that have children living in them also have video games. We know that games are fun, but if it becomes the primary activity our children do in their free time, we can see the games start to displace other important things and that causes all sorts of stress. That being said it’s important to know …

A Chat About Video Games with ABC Drive

Recently, I was listening to ABC Drive with Rafael Epstein. He had a guest named Dr. Jeff Brand from Bond University on the show and they were discussing statistics around video games in Australia, but what really interested me were the phone calls that were coming in about excessive gaming, and how these people didn’t know what to do about …