VR’s Place in the Digital Realm – Not a Killer: A Peripheral

It’s safe to say that the hype over VR headsets being the console/handheld/pc/anything killer has finally died. The Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive are still alive and kicking, with both now effectively into their second generation of hardware, but both at a place in the games industry than many would have thought simply impossible merely years ago. Let’s face the music folks, VR a peripheral. Before you scramble to pick up your pitchforks, let us be the first to tell you that we are not utilizing the term “peripheral” in a disparaging fashion. What we mean is that a […]

Will VR Ever Take Off?

Tis the season where tech manufacturers are doing their damnedest to convince us that we NEED their product. This year, like many before, the toughest tech to sell is looking to be VR. VR – or Virtual Reality – has captivated the imaginations of science-fiction fans for countless years on end. The idea of donning goggles, gloves, and a haptic feedback suit is understandably captivating. Anything that can add to our sense of immersion within a virtual world is enough to for us to work fervently on to make into a reality. The only problem is, that reality isn’t here […]

Virtual Reality: Here To Stay?

In 2016, virtual reality saw a large increase of products and users. Since the development of the gaming headset Oculus Rift started three years earlier, the interest for the technology grew rapidly in the entertainment sector. While VR kicked off on the PC with the Rift and HTC Vive, the biggest VR headset for gamers to date is the Playstation VR with over three million sold units. Aside from the high-end headsets, a plethora of cheaper ones have become available for smartphones, making niche technology more accessible to a wider audience. The term “virtual reality” is nothing new. In fact, […]

Social Gaming: The Ties That Keep You Plugged In

To the outsider, the act of spending hours entering inputs into a video game may come across as not only mind-numbing, but possibly sociopathic. All those hours spent isolating ourselves from the world, it’s no wonder that gamers are some of the weirdest and most antisocial folk about – right? Well, it’s an understatement to say that gamers know better. Although we’ve had to endure years of misconceptions regarding our favorite pastimes, our convictions toward the marvel that we see in modern videogames remains steadfast. While the uninitiated will see nothing more than cretins blaring at changing shapes on a […]

The Psychological Effects of Gaming

The past few decades overflow with research regarding the negative psychological effects of computer mediated communication, with little attention paid to its potential benefits to well being. Researchers have been especially keen on examining the possible violent effect certain video games may have on players, creating a strong negative bias in the media when regarding the psychological effects of video games as noted in a 2013 study by Granic and colleagues. However, recent research has sought to examine in what situations and how, not just videogames, but all forms of computer mediated communication can lead to positive consequences. As a […]