Growing up in China, Jason’s access to gaming was restricted. But being exposed to gaming after becoming a student at Dalhousie University, Jason discovered that the openness and availability of games in Canada allows people to find the balance of entertainment themselves, rather than setting up restrictions to keep people out in the dark.Read More
From an introverted and shy child growing up in the small rural town of Woodstock, Sameer tells us about how gaming ultimately became a passion, and a pathway to love.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
In Darakhshan’s story, we hear about the impact of FIFA and EA sports on her life as a girl growing up in South-East Asia. Gaming was a means for her to find equality among her peers, to challenge gender norms and power dynamics.Read More
Brandon has discovered a lot about himself through games. He met friends through games. He’s kept friendships through games. He’s learned social interactions through games. He met my wife through games.Read More
In this article, we explore the Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask and its robust narrative foundation encompassing various psychological underpinnings regarding, not only characters but also the captivating storyline as a whole.Read More
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”
In this story, we here how Michael explored the relationship between gaming and his religion. He credits conversations with a friend in helping him find a middle way.Read More
Amy is a philosopher. And as a philosopher, she has found amazing links between philosophy and gaming. Here’s her story. “The truth is, over the years I’ve not only figured out that philosophy belongs in games and apps, but for the past few years, it’s been how I’ve made my living.“Read More
In James’ story, we here how gaming was a comfort, a challenge, an outlet, and a motivator throughout his childhood and into becoming an adult. “I’ve had tons of experiences and I’ve realized that my relationship with video games keeps changing as I do, and it will constantly be in flux.”Read More
In her story, Monica tells us how games helped her learn two very important lessons for life: persistence; and, the art of failing better. “Even if I fail, I learn from it.”Read More
In the complicated world of causal linkages, the latest research by York University claims that violent video games show no link to violent and aggressive behaviour of its players.
Part of Do a Barrel Roll’s Demystifying the Science of Health and Gaming Series.Read More
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.”Read More
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.Read More
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.”Read More
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.Read More
In his expansive look at inclusive video games, Ayden explores difference, culture, ethnicity, and sexuality in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey.
”Feelings are feelings, people are people, and love is love. This is the freedom Odyssey gives players; it gives players an example of what society looks like when people are not judged…”
In her article, Brigitte describes how after a loss in her family, games became a way to connect with her mother. “Go out and find someone whose life will be brighter with casual games and make that connection. You’ll both be better off for it.”Read More
“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.Read More