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
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 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
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
“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
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.’”Read More
In Jordan’s story, we learn how games have helped him feel better about who he is, in every way. They taught Jordan how be open and honest and cool in a way he could never be when he pretended to be something he wasn’t.Read More
In this article, a gamer reflects on his path through life and the positive effects that video gaming can have on people around the world.Read More
In Hayley’s story, we hear about love in the most exciting of places - a board game bar. In the digital age, finding a personal connection with someone can be extremely difficult. Hayley invites us to explore the possibility of board games as the means by which to find fellow gamers for happily ever after.Read More
Growing up in poverty, Michael built a community of friends who invited him over to play games together, as he could never afford a console on his own. This taught him several valuable lessons. You are never a loser or a nerd for gaming - in fact, you are loved and accepted.Read More
In her story, Brigitte describes how a bulky IBM PC, running on an 8-bit 8088 processor and DOS 2.0 would ultimately inspire her career choices in the future.Read More
In his story, Cameron tells us about his coming to terms with moderation between real life and virtual worlds. He describes his internal deliberation, his struggle to find that healthy balance, and his realization that games as a pass time but not the defining characteristic of being human.Read More