Kotaku put out a piece this week on how to game without wrecking your body, something that’s probably bound to come up in the average MMORPG player’s life. It’s filled with basic tips like “drink water, ya moron” and “sit up straight” and “don’t eat garbage” and “look at stuff other than the screen” but there are also some useful tips in there like “stretch before you binge” – including your hips and wrists, which you might otherwise overlook. For this week’s Overthinking, I’ve asked the writers to expound on two things: first, the most unhealthiest video gaming moment or habit they’ve ever had, and second, one specific thing they do to keep themselves from completely destroying their bodies when their hobby has become their career. Andrew Ross (@dengarsw): Ah man, this one’s going to be kind of boring. For me, the unhealthiest gaming moment was probably my first … [Read more...] about Massively Overthinking: How do you maintain your health while binging MMORPGs?
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Games alone won’t make the world better. They won’t even make gamers better. We publish some articles that certainly seem pretty pro-games, but we’re very upfront about the catches. One big one is on us, the players, and how we game. However, game designers can do a lot to help us. “But that’s hard, expensive, and/or boring!” some of you may be thinking. And yeah, sometimes that’s true. But for both indies and AAA companies, not only are there organizations able to help, but there’s the potential for government aid in unlikely places. Games for good isn’t just a pipe dream, either. Some of the most (deservedly) vilified gaming communities have not only helped with their time but their wallets as well. Even before going to GDC this year we knew this, but a few panels I watched really helped it click. The concept of player power for good I’ve mentioned how despite the fact that we have evidence that play helps … [Read more...] about GDC 2018: Games can help humanity, be profitable, and get support from gamers
Here are a couple common questions asked by many beginning bloggers: Should I blog on one topic or should I blog on multiple topics? Should I create one blog for multiple topics or different blogs for each topic? In blogging, we often refer to a blog’s topic as its “niche”. Blog: MOZ Niche: Search engine optimization Blog: Dailyblogtips Blog: Labnol Blog: ShoutMeLoud Niche: Internet marketing, blogging, and entrepreneurship Yes, there is some overlap between certain niches, but what’s important is that you stay consistent. Don’t talk about finance one day, and then talk about pet care the next. The most important questions you should ask yourself before starting a blog is: What will be the topic of my blog? (i.e. What will I be writing about?) Often when I talk to a new blogger about their niche, I hear something like this: “I have an interest in lifestyle, fashion, photography, travel, and health – and I want to write … [Read more...] about Which is Better and Why?
Blogging often appears to be really fun. But that’s not always true. Bloggers tend to indulge in so many online activities that they hardly get time to take rest. Nowadays, mobile phones and tablets keep us all hooked into the internet, and we never get a chance to enjoy the buffer zone between physical and digital life. Productivity is not about working a lot; it’s about working efficiently. If you are one of those bloggers (like me) who loves blogging & staying ahead of the game by learning, practicing, researching, and writing, I’m sure you’ve experienced burnout. For me, I would sometimes become so unmotivated that I would stay in bed for several days. It took me some time to realize what I was doing wrong, and after making some necessary changes, blogging became more fun and more fulfilling. Bloggers usually forget the other work in their lives: Social activities Boyfriends/girlfriends/spouses Spending time outside (i.e. away from a computer) These … [Read more...] about 6 Simple And Effective Ways To Get Rid Of Blogging Stress
There’s something to be said for a 9-5 in terms of time management. Now, before you start emptying water jugs and throwing toner cartridges at me, hear me out. In an office full of cubicles, memos, and staff meetings, someone else is ultimately in charge of your time. There’s a schedule for breaks and time off, and the amount of time you spend on social media is surely being policed in one way or another. None of this is ideal; I understand that. But it does take a good load of the responsibility off of your shoulders. As a freelancer, you get to set the alarm clock for whatever time you want in the morning. You’re in charge of your vacations, and you are the one who decides when it’s lunch time. But on top of that, you are also the person who has to set and meet deadlines instead of watching half a day’s worth of cat videos. Okay, so you want to watch 75 minutes of cats nonchalantly batting cups of coffee off of countertops? No problem, I do too, … [Read more...] about 11 Awesome Productivity Hacks and Time Management Tips