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Overwatch Endorsements and Promoting Player Kindness

Blizzard Entertainment has added a feature to their co-op shooter, Overwatch (rated 13+ years), which promotes kindness in their player base. The system took effect in update 1.25 of the game. The idea is that after someone completes a team match, each player has the...

Gaming Disorder and the World Health Organization

[Note: This article originally appeared on www.takethis.org and is reposted here with permission.] In June 2018 the World Health Organization (WHO) finalized its draft of the 11th revision of the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health...

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Gaming Disorder and the World Health Organization

[Note: This article originally appeared on www.takethis.org and is reposted here with permission.] In June 2018 the World Health Organization (WHO) finalized its draft of the 11th revision of the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health...

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Sea of Thieves: Anchored in Positive Design

Sea of Thieves: Anchored in Positive Design

Sea of Thieves (SoT; rated 13+ years), a pirate-themed, open-world game, launched in March of 2018 with over 1,000,000 players ready to set sail on day one. What initially sparked my interest in SoT was an article in US Gamer about how Rare, the development studio,...

About iThrive's Critical Strengths Engine

About iThrive's Critical Strengths Engine

At GenCon earlier this month, we were delighted to announce our Critical Strengths Engine. Critical Strengths is a tabletop role-playing game (RPG) engine -- or ruleset with which to play tabletop RPGs -- that applies the science of empathy and kindness to exploring...

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