The Living Character: The Digital Reflection of Your Life

Gaming is one of many entertainment activities in our lives. No matter what you do, your gaming style is always a reflection of who you are. Wars, adventures, sports … regardless of what you play, it will only be your story of success or failure. Just like in the real world, gamers can be divided into a variety of different types---there is the hard-working boy who gives his best, there is the careful observer who follows a secret path, and so on. These may not be the direct evidence of who they are, but a reflection of their attitude towards gaming, or even towards everything else in their life.  As part of our daily life, the way we handle situations and our emotions in gaming may reveal your potential characteristics for success.

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The Utility of E-Sports as Mechanisms for Personal Growth

In this article, Darien explores how gaming can be a productive, engaging, and challenging tool for personal growth for individuals who are goal driven, hard working and looking for competitive, feedback based activity. The skills developed through climbing the ladder of competence in competitive video games are similar to other recreational activities and should be treated as such.

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Yours, Mine, Ours - How Games Inspire Creativity

In this article, we hear about the relationship between gaming and creativity, how the former can drive and support the latter.

“Think back to the stories of your childhood. Consider your own, personal experience with these spaces, how you thought of their characters, how you imagined your own protagonist. There’s a good chance the grand adventure you imagine was not entirely something of the creators’ make - but rather, their backdrop combined with your own interpretation. This experience is wholly yours: and through it, you take ownership of your space in the setting”

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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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