Links for May 20, 2019

The Origin Of The Term “Gamer”

The first known record of the word was found in the English town of Walsall and dates back to approximately 1422.... When they said “gamer,” what they meant was “gambler.” And this association lasted well into the 19th century.

Depressed and Anxious? These Video Games Want to Help

Some in the industry said the interactive nature of games made them more effective than film or television at dealing with mental health. Embodying a video game character who suffers from depression might leave a deeper impression of the challenges of the illness than simply watching a film about the same character, for example. Video games can be “a more effective way of bouncing back from negative moods than passive forms of media like TV or movies,” said Raffael Boccamazzo, a mental health practitioner in Seattle who works with Take This.

How Bullet Hell Games Helped Me Work Through Anxiety

From my experience, the most important part of CBT is the exposure part. That doesn’t necessarily mean putting yourself in dangerous situations, but it does mean actually confronting anxiety-inducing tasks.... The pixel-perfect precision bullet hell games demanded of players gave me something to hyper-fixate on besides my anxiety. I wasn’t running away from my real-life issues, either — I was practicing patience, control of a task, and completion, slowly chipping away at my anxiety.

Meshell Ndegeocello - Waterfalls (Official Video)