Jonathan's Story - Memories of Gaming

Jonathan grew up with games. And every step of the way, gaming was a way to stay connected with his brother, to learn, to grow, and to explore who he would become.

“Video games have and will continue to inspire and be nothing more than a positive force in one’s life, both cognitively and emotionally and, thankfully, the world is beginning to understand and come to terms with the fact.”

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IEGA Special Series - Dwight's Story

In partnership with the International Electronic Gaming Authority, Do a Barrel Roll is profiling the stories of some of the league’s players. Here’s Dwight, who grew up as a soccer fanatic, as a supporter of the Colombian team Atlético Nacional, as an avid follower of all the major European leagues, and as a player who regularly plays the sport with friends. So it’s not surprising then that one of his all-time favourite video games that got him into gaming in the first place happens to be FIFA.

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Darien's Story - The Teachings of Games

Darien learned a lot from gaming. In his story, he reflects on everything that gaming has taught him from a very early age.

“Gaming has served a lot of roles in my life: a stress reliever, a competitive outlet, a social bonding mechanism, and just a way to have a good time. I’ve been gaming since I was about 7 years old and I can’t imagine myself not playing a game in at least some capacity even as I approach my mid-20’s.”

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IEGA Special Series - Adrian's Story

In partnership with the International Electronic Gaming Authority, Do a Barrel Roll is profiling the stories of some of the league’s players. Here’s Adrian, for whom gaming is not just a means to escape; it has also served as the center of his social circle, of a lot of the important relationships he’s built since he was just a kid growing up in Ontario, during the 1980s.

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Oliver's Story - Into the Great Wide Virtual Open

“Why gaming became a growing interest and is now a part of my life. In an open world game whether it is multiplayer or solo, it’s an escape. It began for me as a means to connect with my friends. I wanted to join them, be able to engage in their interests, and in the process enjoy a temporary leave from the real responsibilities of the world. I suppose you could say I didn’t want to be alone.”

In Oliver’s story, we hear how gaming was a way for him to be with and make new friends, to find camaraderie and even family in a virtual world.

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Liana's Story - Toy Story 2: Infinite Possibilities

In this story, Liana reflects on her love for Toy Story 2: Buzz Lightyear to the Rescue. “Video games have impacted my life in ways that I hadn’t previously thought. I’ve built skills, made connections, and explored. Every once in a while, I remember that child and her PlayStation, indulging in the adventures of Toy Story 2: Buzz Lightyear to the Rescue, and think, ‘Wow, we’ve both come so far.’”

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