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Well not mine in particular, but there are many people out there where video games did in fact save their life in ways that will probably make you want to cry. Ashly Burch from Hey Ash Whatcha Playin (HAWP) recently started a blog ‘How Games Saved My Life‘ (HGSML), “to catalog all the awesome testimonials of life-changing experiences that games have afforded people.” My brother showed this to me (he shows me all things awesome) and said something like “this is great” and “these make me want to cry” so I checked it out, being a fan of great things that make you want to cry (which is probably why I really liked season 4 of Doctor Who… oh Donna).
You don’t need to be a gamer to know that video games get a bad rap. Stuffy people are constantly trying to blame problems on video games, despite the massive amount of positive experiences they are responsible for. Which is why I think this blog is wonderful, despite the obvious heightened problem solving skills that researchers credit to games, How Games Ssaved My Life shows the beneficial psychological and emotional effects games have had on many people.
Some of the testemonials range from how video games helped people cope with depression, their sexuality, divorce, death, illness, anxiety, anger issues and so much more. There’s Jason who traded heavy drug addiction for a Xbox 360 and cleaned up his life. Or Morgan McMorick a transgendered gamer, where video games assisted in helping her identity as a woman. Morgan says, “…I still wanted to be dead, I still felt like a freak. But now I had places I could be a girl in, now I had games to look forward to. Even when I couldn’t play the girl, video games were beginning to tell stories about three-dimensional women I could appreciate or look up to.” I’m happy Ash thought of this idea and people are able to showcase and submit their life-changing stories which hopefully is a small step in changing people’s negative opinion on video games.
*Mario voice* “Here we go!” This weeks PotW is also the design for the week-long contest I’m having. To see how you can win visit the CONTEST post.
The NMKL (National Mario Kart League) design was created by Rodrigo Ferreira, which combines sports logo design with my all time favorite racing game Mario Kart ( which is also the only racing video game I like). I think the combination is perfect considering the intense competitiveness MK can bring out of a player and the ritual victory dances after a win which are reminiscent of end zone dances after an impressive touchdown.
My brother and I spent an absurd amount hours and days playing Mario Kart on N64, the best in my opinion (this is no way related to the fact that I’m better on N64 than on other systems). You can already guess which was my favorite character to play, I’m partial to pink. Whether it’s the tracks or battle mode, no matter how many times you play it never seems to get old which is why Mario Kart will always hold a spot in my top favorite video games.
Rodrigo was kind enough to answer a few interview questions telling me about the inspiration behind NMKL, his favorite character and item from Mario Kart, as well as advice for aspiring illustrators and graphic designers.
Two of my favorite things at the moment (and in life) are Doctor Who and the video game Portal 2. Well geeks, dreams do come true! Tennant and Wheatley are the perfect mashup and it isn’t just because of their accents. Looking at this piece makes my imagination run wild, I can really see a DW episode taking place in Aperture Science. What a splendid episode that would be! Definitely a two-parter and then… oh there goes my imagination again, let me reign it back in.
The brilliant Rose Fox (yes I already asked her if her last name was really Tyler, she “claims” it isn’t) created ‘Ten and Wheatley’ and she makes a lot of other fan art from Supernatural, Good Omens and more which is featured in the gallery below. Check out the interview I had with her and read about where she got the idea for this weeks Picture of the Week, her favorite Doctor, artist and other geeky goodies. Also, Rose answers the most important question: cake or lemons? Continue reading →