Tales of an aging gamer: Why don’t I pick up a controller as often as I used to?

gaming-old-peopleDespite a wider variety than ever before, video games don’t have the same effect on me as they used to. That might not sound like a problem to some of you, but it is to me. I have played video games from the early days of my childhood, starting somewhere around the late ’80s. I became heavily addicted to my Game Boy as a kid, and I can still remember the thrill I felt the day I bought my first PlayStation 22 years ago….READ MORE

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Treating Nicotine Addiction as a Chronic Disease

full-hd-smoke“You will either quit smoking or you will never see me grow older.”

These were my words to my father when I was around four years old. He did quit and lived to see me become an adult, but it wasn’t easy for him. He had been smoking since age twelve, and not even professional soccer interfered with this habit. When he played in the 1960s and 1970s, he would ask the referees how long until halftime so that he could go to the locker room and light up to relax his nerves. His water-drinking teammates looked on with disapproval….READ MORE

20 Historical Figures With Severe Mental Issues Who Shaped Our World

vincent_van_gogh_self_portrait_painting_musee_dorsay_via_wikimedia_commons_promojpgIn many cases, psychiatrists can’t agree on the diagnosis and treatment of what are, nowadays, some of the most common mental disorders. Despite putting a man on the moon (shhh conspiracy theorists), it’s no secret that psychiatry is still a relatively new medical specialty. The way we think about mental illness changes almost constantly. However, as with most health issues, it doesn’t matter if you’re rich, poor, famous, intelligent, or not so intelligent; mental illness doesn’t discriminate. And this has always been the case….READ MORE

The Next Big Thing: 5 Gaming Trends To Watch

20160522_170219.jpg3222We’ve witnessed some truly enormous gaming trends during the past few years, from the forward-looking (emerging new technologies) to the nostalgic (comebacks and remakes for Gen Xers and millennials). This year has been no different, hinting at an array of new developments set to revolutionise the gaming industry as we know it. Here, we look at five of the most promising trends that have taken shape in 2018 – and which we’ll be keeping an eye on in the foreseeable future….READ MORE