Gaming, Geek Culture, Psychology and Mental Health

Why Are Horror Games Scary?

Unlike most games, horror games don't motivate you with the prospect of victory, but with the urgent need to escape. They’re about reacting to an uncontrollable environment, fuelled by our fight-or-flight response, which quickly spurs our fingers into action as we rapidly lose half our ammo trying to kill our attacker (or in my case, by… Continue reading Why Are Horror Games Scary?

Gaming, Geek Culture, Science, Science and Technology

Can Video Games Make You Smarter?

Recently, I stumbled across an article which suggested that children who play single player video games do better in school than those who don’t play video games, and those who play multiplayer video games. After seeing this (and wondering about what it is that makes single players "better for your brain" than multiplayer games), I… Continue reading Can Video Games Make You Smarter?

Geek Culture

Reclaiming the Word “Nerd”

Growing up, the words "nerd" or "geek" have always had negative connotations. It was never a compliment, a personality quirk to be praised: no-one ever said "I wish I was as nerdy as you" or looked for a nerdy person to befriend. To some people, being a nerd or a geek means someone unlikeable, unpopular and strange,… Continue reading Reclaiming the Word “Nerd”