Ten Ways We Learn From Games

Posted by Lisa Galarneau on January 2, 2014
Ten Ways We Learn From Games

One of the things that has most amazed me about studying gamers is just how fertile their learning skills are. The gamer generation has developed a range of skills that result from gameplay. From hard skills (hand-eye coordination, scientific thinking, problem-solving) to soft ones (collaboration, teamwork, leadership), games are solid ground for developing a range …Read more

Games-inspired Holiday Baking

Posted by Lisa Galarneau on December 30, 2013
Games-inspired Holiday Baking

Baked goods are a creative staple of gaming fan cultures, and excellent inspiration if you are hoping to improve your baking skills.  You can bake from scratch, or use pre-packaged mixes and frostings.  You can even buy complete cake kits with decorations, like this Moshi Monsters kit available on eBay. Baking Basics Equipment You may …Read more

Holiday Gamer Gift Guide

Posted by Lisa Galarneau on December 17, 2013
Holiday Gamer Gift Guide

The great thing about the holidays in 2013 is that there are now more options available than ever before, with new ones on the way all the time.  There are recent announcements about some great new technology, for instance, like a whole new crop of smart watches and other devices. I’ve done some of the …Read more

Gamer DIY and Real Life Crafting

Posted by Lisa Galarneau on December 3, 2013
Gamer DIY and Real Life Crafting

One of the things I love most about gamers is how incredibly creative so many of them are. In this article we’ll explore the worlds of Gamer DIY and crafting and offer step-by-step tutorials for creating your own gamer art, crafts, baked goods, case mods, fashions, and decor.  One of the things I’ve discovered about …Read more

Hope You Had a Playful Thanksgiving!

Posted by Lisa Galarneau on November 28, 2013
Hope You Had a Playful Thanksgiving!

We game lovers have to stop and pause a few minutes to think about the best possible ways to spend Thanksgiving with play and fun on our minds. Sometimes our interests run a bit contrary to the mainstream, so it could be that an after dinner football game isn’t going to do it for us …Read more

Learning to Draw Game Characters

Posted by Lisa Galarneau on November 26, 2013
Learning to Draw Game Characters

Great characters are fundamental to just about every type of media, and games take the options to entirely new levels.  If you’re an aspiring game artist, or artist of any variety, learning to draw characters is a great set of skills to develop. I’m an artist, but I don’t really know much about drawing, so …Read more

Does Bad Behavior Cause You to Avoid Online Games?

Posted by Lisa Galarneau on November 19, 2013
Does Bad Behavior Cause You to Avoid Online Games?

A while back Colleen ‘momgamer’ Hannon’s ranted about the ‘hate-filled miasma’ that clouds player vs. player interactions in online role-playing games. And it got me thinking… While I understand her point – maybe people want to be able to engage in a little friendly PvP without being subjected to a continuum of crap that begins …Read more

Imagineering Ouya: The People’s $99 Console

Posted by Lisa Galarneau on November 11, 2013
Imagineering Ouya:  The People’s $99 Console

There is big launch news out concerning a new gaming console that will soon be available for just $99, which is a big difference in price from the $499 and $599 Playstation 4 and Xbox One consoles on the horizon. The console is called Ouya and became a media darling a few month’s back when …Read more

Games for the International Fashionista

Posted by Lisa Galarneau on November 5, 2013
Games for the International Fashionista

A recession economy might mean a smaller wallet for actual fashion shopping, but with these (mostly) free to play fashion games you can shop and adorn yourself till you drop.  Not only that, but some are great practice arenas for the aspiring fashion designer or business entrepreneur, allowing you to flex your fashion management muscle.  …Read more

Adorable (and Smart!) Baby Gamers

Posted by Lisa Galarneau on October 23, 2013
Adorable (and Smart!) Baby Gamers

Conor Murphy’s recent post on dogs and cats that love iPads got me thinking about babies:  how they play, what they play, how they learn to play, and how their digital play affects their developing view of the world.  These early life forays into digital worlds are more than just examples of funny play by …Read more

Games-inspired Halloween Fun

Posted by Lisa Galarneau on October 15, 2013
Games-inspired Halloween Fun

Halloween is a great time of year for declaring your gaming passions to the world. Not only can you purchase or create the perfect costume, but it’s also an excellent opportunity to decorate your abode and throw a Halloween-themed gamer party.  In this article I’ll offer tips for Halloween decor, costuming and make-up, party themes …Read more

My Other Self is a Butt-kicking Supermodel

Posted by Lisa Galarneau on September 23, 2013
My Other Self is a Butt-kicking Supermodel

I swear, I need this bumper sticker. It seems like just about every time I get together with female gamer friends, the topic of conversation inevitably (and much to my chagrin) turns to the cuteness of avatars and our frustration with the limited options we are usually given to control their attractiveness. I had a …Read more