GAMING TOGETHERNESS FOR THE HOLIDAYS
December 21, 2022
One of my favorite ways of slowing down and enjoying time with my friends and family during this time of year is by playing video games. Games have a truly uncanny ability of bringing people together, and can be a surprisingly beautiful bonding experience.
PUSHING THE LIMITS ON NOSTALGIC SCARY GAMES
October 30, 2022
Spooky games are a popular genre among detectives and sharing them with others makes them even more enjoyable. Whether it be the first time, or the hundredth time, these titles hold a special place in our hearts. Or should I say… they made our hearts race and imprinted a memory to reshare in future storytelling moments.
5 GAMES FOR BACK TO SCHOOL
August 31, 2022
Whether we talk about children or adult players, video games offer many real-world benefits and skills. So let’s get to it! Here are five video games that promote learning and make for great additions to any back-to-school video game list.
10 NANCY DREW GAME LOCATIONS YOU CAN VISIT IN REAL LIFE
June 8th, 2022
If playing along as Nancy Drew has given you serious wanderlust, you’re in luck! You can visit many of the same places that Nancy does, or something very near to it. Here are some of the top Nancy Drew game locations you can visit in real life to feel just like a super sleuth.
THE CURIOUS LIFE OF A NANCY DREW COLLECTOR
April 20th, 2022
After over 20 years of collecting, with most of my collection coming from eBay during the heyday of collecting, I’d amassed over 4000 items and it had served a great purpose to me but was really destined for more. It wasn’t just what I collected, but the way I collected.
BLACK HISTORY MONTH: HONORING ENGINEERING LEGEND ED SMITH
February 18th, 2022
Ed Smith was a pioneer in video game engineering, and he was one of the first African American engineers in the industry. As we celebrate Black History Month we celebrate and honor black trailblazers in the video game and personal computer industry like Ed Smith.
VIDEO GAME CHARACTERS COME TO LIFE WITH COSPLAY COSTUMES
October 28th, 2021
What are some of your favorite video game characters and would you cosplay them? Here is a look at some great cosplays and tips for how to enter our Nancy Drew Cosplay Contest.
WHY VIDEO GAMES SHOULD BE ON YOUR BACK-TO-SCHOOL LIST
August 19th, 2021
August for many signal vacation season or a new school season. Whether you are heading off on a trip, heading off to work, or heading off to school–the life lessons and information we experience in playing video games prepare us for the classroom of life.
ICONIC VIDEO GAME FOOD IDEAS FOR 4TH OF JULY FEASTS
July 1st, 2021
The Fourth of July and great video game food just go together. Whether you are grilling, playing video games, or watching fireworks with friends, weekend celebrations are even better if we eat the foods we love to make.
Father’s Day & Video Game Dads
June 17th, 2021
As video games become a much more commonly shared pastime between multiple generations, engaging in a routine or ritual “gaming” session with parents is one of the best communal bonding opportunities. What better way to celebrate Father’s Day than by sitting down with our fatherly figures and playing video games with dad?
A Salute to Memorial Day, and A “Hello” to Summer
May 26th, 2021
Memorial Day is much more than just a precursor to summer. The United States would not have its freedoms and liberties if it were not for the brave men and women who risked their lives for the current and future U.S. civilians. History.com writes about the history of Memorial Day in this article. Originally, Memorial Day was known as “Decoration Day ”, inspired and established by Northern Civil War Veteran, General John A. Logan.
Celebrate Generations for Mother’s Day
May 6th, 2021
Video Game Generation Celebration for Mother’s Day! In this day and age, young adults and adults both can say that they “grew up playing video games”, or that video games were a major part of their childhood upbringing. As technology has progressed, become much more accessible and affordable, and video games are on a much wider range of technology platforms, video games are now passed on from parents to the next generation of gamers! For many of us, we can actually say, “thanks for the games mom!”
Earth Day 2021 – Play, Protect, Preserve
April 21st, 2021
Earth Day is a great time to celebrate the beauty of the world around us and the importance of protecting our earth. Most of us have a favorite video game and in-game environment that we love to see each time we play. Video game art is a very specialized technique where environmental artists train for years to create the worlds we happily play in…
Collectibles and Memorabilia We Love!
April 7th, 2021
Over the years, my closet has had several Marie Kondo-level makeovers. Every time I am able to return to my childhood home, I make sure to clean out my room and set aside all of the possessions that I no longer need or desire to hold onto. However, one array of items that will always remain is my collection of the famous…
Video Games in the Classroom = Engaged Learners!
March 19th, 2021
As a gamer, one thing that I appreciate in this day and age is that the stigma towards video games being a “mindless” pastime is quickly fading. Taking a broad look at video games, we can all agree that there are some games where critical thinking skills aren’t as necessary. However, the vast majority of video games are actually stimulating our brains in an edifying way. So much so that video games are rapidly making their way into the classroom for remote learners, and for those headed back to in person classrooms.
Women in Video Games | International Women’s Day
March 8th, 2021
“Do you really play video games?” is a question I’ve perpetually been asked by men and women both in my 18+ years of adamant video game-playing. It confuses me every time – what is it about me, a female, that makes it surprising that I play video games? Growing up and hearing this question constantly made me feel like what I was doing wasn’t “accepted” by most people. However, I knew that I loved playing video games, I knew that I loved the game characters, and that the games I enjoyed playing harmed no one. So, what’s the big deal then?
STEM | Women in Tech and Video Games
March 3rd, 2021
Before we do a deep dive into this subject matter of STEM and women in tech, let’s first describe why STEM is so important as we celebrate International Women’s Day. The vocation and curriculum of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) has garnered much attention. It was first introduced as an acronym by The National Science Foundation in 2001. For several reasons, STEM is a top tech topic (try saying that three times).
HISTORY OF VIDEO GAMES: HONORING BLACK VOICES
February 24th, 2021
In the history of video games, voice acting is one place where there has been progress in inclusion and authentic diversity, while we can do way more, the system has many outstanding strong Black voices that we can celebrate and should be aware of and highlight during this Black History Month, and all year round!
HISTORY OF VIDEO GAMES | HIGHLIGHTING BLACK CREATORS
February 18th, 2021
As video game enthusiasts, there are experiences that we all love. There are memorable characters, new challenges and rewards, engaging stories, vibrant graphics, sounds that bring the game alive, and captivating worlds we are drawn into.
LOVE IS IN THE GAMES WE PLAY! GAMING COUPLES FIND LOVE
February 12th, 2021
It’s that time of year again – groceries and boutiques are stocked to the brim with oversized teddy bears, heart boxes filled with delicious chocolates, entire aisles are decorated with beautifully crafted cards for your special someone, and stunning flower bouquets that illuminate the entire store.