Psychology of Gaming


The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is less a game and more an experience. It thrusts you into a world ravaged by war and magic with the raw candor and storytelling that immerses the player. Its finest points weave the development of characters without the typical restrictions of modern titles, openly […]

Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Review


Here are two of the major games that release in May of 2015. Please note additional games release for various systems including handheld devices, mobile phones, etc. These are only a few of the games that release and are generally considered the “bigger’ releases, likely to be played or seen by […]

Video Game Psychology: Summary for Therapists, May 2015


Psychology of Gaming is about the exploration of what it means to be a gamer, and how we interpret what we discover as subjective human experience. Existentialism has identified the struggles of humanity since the dawn of time when early men and women began to foster the idea of life […]

Psi-Ops: Psychology of Gaming from an Existential Approach



Dissonance, the unpleasant motivational state that arises when one’s behaviors and cognitions are inconsistent with one another, is reduced by shifting attitudes and beliefs to eliminate the inconsistency (Festinger, 1957, 1964). Thus, if an individual has a choice between two ice cream flavors, art prints, or appliances, the act of […]

Decision Making in Video Games


Existential Gamer, Psychology, Alberto Ibarra
Sometimes companies struggle to find identity with their games. Beautiful works of art have been created only to fall short to the unscrupulous and critical eye of their consumers. Other times, generic and bland regurgitation’s appear to pop up every year to the tune of millions of dollars. At the end […]

The Existential Gamer: Why Some Games Fail


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Psi-Ops is an opinion based editorial written by a doctoral candidate in clinical psychology. As an avid lifetime gamer, these opinions seek to blend and identify psychological factors and traits within the gaming culture. A recent article on Polygon left me thinking about the conflict of Adult-Only ratings, and the […]

Psi-Ops: When Morality and Art Conflict, Adult-Only Ratings



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Psi-Ops is an opinion based editorial written by a doctoral candidate in clinical psychology. As an avid lifetime gamer, these opinions seek to blend and identify psychological factors and traits within the gaming culture. Titanfall recently reinforced the “sweet spot” of 6v6 competitive online matches which left gamers split between […]

Psi-Ops: Titanfall Competitive Psychology


Psi-Ops is an opinion-based editorial that is founded on psychological research, literature, and personal knowledge. The opinions expressed are my own. Psychology has a wealth of knowledge which supports the idea that identification with particular social groups helps us, as humans, develop and nurture social networks which provide support, growth […]

Psi-Ops: Why The Console War is Irrelevant


Many researchers speculate that violence in media has a direct link to aggressive behaviors and actions. There also seems to be particular attention paid to the male population, which caused me to explore whether there is a male predisposition to act more aggressively compared to females. The question then becomes, […]

Deconstructing Video Game Research: Part III