China restricts gaming for under 18’s to 3 hours a week

TLDR China has implemented a law to restrict gaming time for minors to 3 hours a week, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, between 8 and 9pm. China instructed gaming companies to prevent children playing outside these times, and the government will be tracking how well game companies are enforcing this. This extreme level of restriction and intervention will not only be …

COVID Gaming: 7-Months Later

Published on: 9 September 2020 2020 has been a treat of a year, hasn’t it? With COVID-19’s presence pushing the need for social distancing and restricting our movements, we have been struggling to meet our need for social connection organically. Edward Deci and Richard Ryan, the minds behind “Self Determination Theory”, talk about this connection and go deeper. They call …

4 Healthy Gaming Tips While Self-Isolating From COVID-19

It’s a tricky time for digital wellbeing right now. Since COVID-19 has graced us with its presence, behaving responsibly includes being cooped up at home and isolated from your friends. Plenty of gamers are going to see this as a free for all and an excuse to play the hell out of their games, and that’s definitely going to concern …

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 …

Kids’ Video Game Obsession Isn’t Really About Video Games. It’s About Unmet Psychological Needs.

Many parents are concerned with their child’s seemingly obsessive video game play. Fortnite, the most recent gaming phenomenon, has taken the world by storm and has parents asking whether the shooter game is okay for kids. The short answer is yes, Fortnite is generally fine. Furthermore, parents can breathe easier knowing that research suggests gaming (on its own) does not …

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 …

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 …

3 Tips To Balance Gaming and University

This post is for avid gamers as well as concerned parents. 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 …

Twitch and Shout – WNYC: On The Media

An amazing 1 hour podcast with insight into Twitch, eSports, and some of the motivations behind watching streamers. Check out the podcast here