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How To Avoid Being a Gamer Widow

While video games are slowly becoming more welcoming to all kinds of people, there is still a persistent trope that plagues partners of hard core gamers. That is, the ‘gamer widow(er),’ the woman (or man) who finds themselves shunted to the side by their partner in favour of video games. It’s a pernicious and somewhat toxic trope that casts that partner (often a woman) as “anti-game” and gaming in general as something that is incompatible with a functional relationship. While…

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Diary of a Game Developer: Episode 4 – Playing House

Game Dev Diary Ep 4 | Gamerwife.com

This post is part 4 in an on-going series about my adventures as a first time game developer. You can find Part 1 here, Part 2 here, and part 3 here. After faffing about for far too long, I finally managed to carve out some time this week to get back to working on my game. Mostly I was focused on translating the work that I’d done in Episode 3 in Mindly into Twine and adding the module connections that…

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Is Video Game Addiction Real?

Is Video Game Addiction Real? | Trisha Miller Guest Post | Gamerwife.com

This post comes courtesy of the fantastic Trisha Miller of That Dang Vegan. In addition to being extremely passionate about animals and the vegan lifestyle, Trisha is also an avid gamer and I was thrilled when she approached me about writing a piece for Gamerwife. There was a time not so long ago when video games were not so widely accepted by the mainstream audience. It used to be assumed that only “nerds” would enjoy playing games for 12 hours…

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Diary of a Game Developer: Episode 3 – Start at The End

Game Dev Diary Ep 3 | Gamerwife.com

This post is part 3 in an on-going series about my adventures as a first time game developer. You can find Part 1 here and Part 2 here. Although the game I am making is going to be interactive fiction, I wanted to get the broad strokes of the story structure down before I attempted to write any of the prose that will compose the bulk of the game. This could just be another way for me to procrastinate that…

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5 Self Care Apps Tested

5 Self Care Apps Tested | Gamerwife.com

Being a recovering cynic (my brother and sister were convinced Daria was modeled on me), ‘self care’ is one of those terms that really squicked me out initially. It seemed both too woo-woo and too obvious to be taken seriously. And what did bubble baths have to do with well-being anyways? Well, fast forward a few years and a few therapy sessions later and I’ve finally (finally!) started to understand the benefits of not shitting all over myself for not…

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