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Game Culture is As Important As the Game

11/13/18 Josué Cardona

Do you floss? I’m talking about the dance, not dental hygiene, and I think everyone should at least know one reason flossing is so popular. I recently learned to floss because my 7-year-old niece and I disagreed on how it’s done. Who was right doesn’t matter. What does matter is that my 7-year-old niece knows […]

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The 2018 Design Hive: Plenty of Buzz, and a Real Bee

10/12/18 Heidi McDonald

iThrive Design Hives are annual retreats with veteran game developers and scholars in the field. The iThrive team, along with these folks, works to identify best practices in game design, on various topics, after we review the scientific literature around components of social and emotional well-being. We seek to produce resources that support the design […]

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About iThrive’s Journal of Games, Self, and Society

09/21/18 iThrive Games

Journal of Games, Self, & Society (JGSS) is a peer-reviewed journal created and edited by iThrive Games and published by ETC Press. The goal of JGSS is to encourage interdisciplinary research, conversation, and community around games-related scholarship. The journal highlights work focused on how games, game design, and gameplay contribute to a deeper understanding of […]

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Virtual Reality and the Search For Happiness

09/13/18 Eric Vignola

Happiness is a habit and a skill. According to Richard J. Davidson, professor of psychology and psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the brain can learn to maintain happier, more compassionate states through consistent training. I believe that one way this kind of training can be done is through the responsible and intentional design of […]

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Friendly Competition: Starting an eSports League at My High School

08/15/18 Michael Vassos

It’s do or die. I’m in the loser’s bracket quarter finals. After a defeat to THUNDER, Ontario’s third best Super Smash Bros 4 player, I move to the losers bracket to face s0rry. I’ve never heard of s0rry but I never underestimate a new opponent. After several nail-biting moments, the score is knotted at two […]

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