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

Virtual Worlds to Explore & Play With Your Kids

Posted by Lisa Galarneau on September 17, 2013
Virtual Worlds to Explore & Play With Your Kids

My kid is a ten year old girl gamer who readily keeps me up to date on the most appealing games and virtual worlds, as I regularly shell out my credit card for the latest must-have membership or bit of digital bling. In this article I interview her about her favorite games and what she …Read more

Pinterest for Gamers

Posted by Lisa Galarneau on September 11, 2013
Pinterest for Gamers

Pinterest is essentially a curated catalog/gallery for anything graphical on the Web, and one of my favorite online services. Pinterest allows a curator to curate/edit/expert filter available options, which are typically graphical images found all over the Web (they also support video). People can follow others based on shared interests and aesthetics and like or repin …Read more

Keeping House, Gamer Style

Posted by Lisa Galarneau on September 5, 2013
Keeping House, Gamer Style

Want to increase your immersion in the videogame universes you love? Or need a place to show off your gamer self? Consider modifying your environment to make it more gamer chic. Videogame Art Are you the arty type? Etsy is a wonderful place to find handmade videogame items made by hardcore fans: Another set of …Read more

Dissecting the Power of Play

Posted by Lisa Galarneau on August 26, 2013
Dissecting the Power of Play

Games and play are a bit of a guilty pleasure in our part of the world, but there are many reasons to consider play therapeutic and one of the best things you can do for yourself in life.   Play as a Critical Skill To overlook play as a critical component of the human experience …Read more

Your Deepest Emotions Can Be Expressed Through Games

Posted by Lisa Galarneau on August 23, 2013
Your Deepest Emotions Can Be Expressed Through Games

Talking about emotions in games often circulates around the constantly regurgitated themes related to media effects (the idea that media are suspect) in a range of correlation studies.  Yet there is more to the puzzle of complex human emotions related to play and gaming.  And, perhaps more importantly, correlation (people who are sometimes violent sometimes …Read more

The Beauty of Awesome Character Creation

Posted by Lisa Galarneau on August 14, 2013
The Beauty of Awesome Character Creation

I mentioned in a recent article that character creation is one of my kid’s favorite activities, and she typically spends as much time creating and adorning her characters (and their homes!) as she does playing most games.  But she takes it even a step further, often creating families of characters for whom she builds complex …Read more