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The Joys of Punishing Difficulty The Joys of Punishing Difficulty

An interesting trend in gaming has returned from its slumber: unapologetic, punishing difficulty. Ideas such as infrequent save points, unexplained boss/gameplay mechanics, and steep skill-checks used be fairly common (think NES/SNES days), but the concept of “difficulty settings” became mainstream shortly after.…

Nintendo Switch is the Perfect Console for Millennials Nintendo Switch is the Perfect Console for Millennials

The Nintendo Switch just hit its one-year anniversary, and its future is looking as bright as ever (especially after that Smash Bros announcement!). But it hasn’t always appeared that way. When first announced, many viewed the Switch as yet another gimmicky project of Nintendo. A controller with a screen? Didn’t work…

The Overwatch Experiment The Overwatch Experiment

So, I can be a bit of a science nerd. I suppose it’s fitting, then, that my day job is as a psychologist, but those hours are mostly spent providing therapy and assessment services. I haven’t done original research since my dissertation. It’s time I returned to my roots of data collection!

Majora's Mask: A Masterclass in the Use of Music Majora's Mask: A Masterclass in the Use of Music

The theme for this week at TAY is to write about your favorite video game’s musical score. This question posed an immediate challenge, because I had to designate a favorite video game. I love my favorites equally, damn it! I thought about how much I loved the Witcher 3 (and it’s wonderful soundtrack), and how much fun…

Getting Angry at Video Games Getting Angry at Video Games

Whenever I sit down to play a competitive or challenging video game, something changes. I am not the person I usually am. I’ve shouted and cursed at the screen. I’ve thrown controllers across the room. I’ve paced around. That calm, thoughtful, laid-back demeanor everyone knows me by? It can quickly melt into pure…

Why You Might be More into Halo eSports than You'd Expect Why You Might be More into Halo eSports than You'd Expect

Alright, so I know that eSports are already a tough sell for many, but hear me out.

Calling all Twitch Streamers: A Short Survey Calling all Twitch Streamers: A Short Survey

Good afternoon, fellow TAYers! I’m trying to do a little research on people’s experiences streaming on Twitch, with the intention of writing an article on the results. I’ve compiled a short survey to gather this information, and if you stream, I want you to take it!

7 Predictions for the Halo World Championships 7 Predictions for the Halo World Championships

For Halo fans and eSports fans alike, the wait is nearly over: it’s championship week. The Halo World Championship (HCS) is upon us, with group play on from March 18-19 and the finals on March 20 (official info here). Up for grabs is $2.5 million in prize money, with a full $1 million going to the winning team. It’s…

Direct ConTAYct Direct ConTAYct

Hey TAY! I’m a full-time psychologist in my late 20s who enjoys a wide variety of video games and related media. Now that I’m forever done with school, I have time to write about video games and connect with communities like TAY, which I’m super excited about!

Rocket League Announces eSports Championship Series Rocket League Announces eSports Championship Series

Ok guys, time for some real-talk: ever since I watched (and wrote about) Halo at the X-Games this winter, I’ve become a bit of an eSports junkie. I’m also an unabashed Rocket League fan. So when development studio Psyonix announced a partnership this morning with Twitch to launch the new Rocket League Championship…

How 'Valiant Hearts' Slowly Captured Mine How 'Valiant Hearts' Slowly Captured Mine

I can’t take much more of this. I’m staring at the next trench I’m supposed to march to, separated from me by about 20 yards and a sea of endless machine gun fire. It’s hopeless. I’ve watched nearly all my comrades fall beside me today as we’ve attempted to breach enemy trenches, and I don’t think I’ll survive another…

Halo at the X Games: A Newcomer's Experience with eSports Halo at the X Games: A Newcomer's Experience with eSports

I love video games. It’s a love that was born in early childhood, when I first witnessed the magic of my uncle’s original Nintendo. I’d beg my parents to take me to his house, chanting “Mario! Mario!” The first system I ever owned was a Sega Genesis, and I still sometimes catch myself humming parts of the Sonic the…

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