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The Journal of Games, Self, and Society

The Journal of Games, Self, and Society

Encouraging interdisciplinary research, conversation, and community around how games, game design, and gameplay contribute to a deeper understanding of learning, health, and humanity  The Journal of Games, Self, & Society is a peer-reviewed journal created...

Video Games and Suicide Prevention

Video Games and Suicide Prevention

If you are experiencing a crisis or having thoughts of suicide, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), the Crisis Text Line by texting HOME to 741741, or visit the nearest emergency room.Suicide is a growing public health...

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The Unintended Influence of Game Design

The Unintended Influence of Game Design

Recently, I was introduced to the idea of ancient games and their purpose of training in society. In Egypt, many people played Senet in hopes that they could successfully move through the underworld, and in Greece, many soldiers played war games to ensure that their...

Octopath Traveler and Helping Others

Octopath Traveler and Helping Others

Image from Nintendo Switch's Octopath TravelerIn my experience, there is little that is more motivating than the camaraderie of a group. Games provide many examples of different team dynamics, with many RPGs telling a story in which the protagonist gathers party...

Designing with Teens, For Teens

Designing with Teens, For Teens

In October 2019, iThrive Games partnered with Madison Park Technical Vocational High School to offer our Game Design Studio Program to juniors in Geo Ortega’s Design and Visual Arts program. Madison Park Technical Vocational High School is Boston’s only public career...

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Designing with Teens, For Teens

Designing with Teens, For Teens

In October 2019, iThrive Games partnered with Madison Park Technical Vocational High School to offer our Game Design Studio Program to juniors in Geo Ortega’s Design and Visual Arts program. Madison Park Technical Vocational High School is Boston’s only public career...

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

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

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...

Mental Health Awareness Month

Mental Health Awareness Month

Mental Health Awareness Month takes place each year during the month of May. Established in 1949, Mental Health Awareness Month was created to increase awareness around mental health and mental wellness. The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) reports that 60...

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