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Play With Others, Not Yourself

WewanaPlay renews its program of giving back to the community.

Hi I’m Dee, founder of WewanaPlay. Some call me boss, some call me a colleague and I’m sure there are a few other names I hope continue to be said where I can’t hear them!

I began the journey of WewanaPlay some three years ago. I saw an interesting event where you hack together a solution to a problem in just one weekend, so I jotted down some ideas, narrowed it down to WewanaPlay and pitched it naively thinking we’d have it built in one weekend. Three years later and we are still working on it but damn is it getting good now. It’s been a long hard journey with a lot of people helping us out and now we are finally in a position where we can give some of that love back.

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Wewana:ReadIt Winners Announcement

The time has arrived to reveal the winners of the Wewana:ReadIt Writing Challenge!

 

Amazingly, we received over 400 user votes since the articles went live on our website a few weeks ago, so thank you for voting!

 

We also managed to get some top notch judges to read the articles and pick their ‘Gold’, ‘Silver’, and ‘Bronze’ namely:

We’d like to thank these guys for giving up their time to read the articles and help with the judging process.

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League of Ragers and Trolls – The Problems with League of Legends

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last couple of years you should know about the gaming phenomenon which has taken over the gaming industry: League of Legends. The multiplayer online battle arena video game has shot right to the top being one of the most played games around the world. The game allows for 2 teams of 5 to face off against each other in an attempt to take down enemy structures reaching their base and destroying it.

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The Astonishing Rise in Female Gamers

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From a guy that has previously owned Video Game stores and lived in multiple countries, here’s a good insight into some of the drivers of the astonishing rise in female gamers with some stories that may even shock you!

 

The growth of the female gamer is a very remarkable story. It’s one that includes ingenious marketing, a bit of luck and of course the increase in gender equality. We still have a long way to go, but I really love this story of development and there’s plenty more we can do to play a part in it’s future.  Let’s start by looking at how gaming developed to understand what changed.

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The 15 different types of gamers you will come across while playing games.

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Gamers come in all shapes and sizes. Chances are you have met most of these gamers if you have been playing games, especially if that involves playing video games online. Here are 15 different types of gamers you will come across whilst playing games.

1. The Hater

The Hater, possibly the most notorious of gamer stereotype, is the guy who is screaming abuse at you down your headset when you’re beating them or sullying your mother with “yo momma” one liners when you make the slightest mistake. Everyone hates this guy but gaming kind of wouldn’t be the same without The Hater.

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The link between Depression and Gaming

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As a gamer you will have come to know that players don’t just play games, we live games. It is a part of us. In the beginning gaming was much simpler; it was game that you played on a screen, a technological wonder. Yet now we have so much more. We have a community of gamers and experts talking and analysing games, it’s no longer a black and white scene but one that awaits discussion.

Yet, gaming will always be under the firing line from both the media and the general public, you only have to look at Robin Williams’ death (he was famous for playing video games), and numerous school shootings. For example; the school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut which took place in 2012. A lot of people blamed Mass Effect on this horrendous incident.

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The Symbolism in Rez the Video Game

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Symbolism has been used by artists of all mediums throughout the ages. It provides a visceral and inventive way of expressing deeper themes within one’s work. Video games, the newest artistic form, is no exception.

A fine example of masterfully crafted symbolism is the 2001 rail-shooter Rez, a game for the PlayStation 2, Dreamcast and Xbox 360. Tetsuya Mizuguchi, creator of the game, cites Russian painter Wassily Kandinsky as a key influence during Rez’s conception. This artist believed that sound and vibration were the highest forms of art, but called colour the “keyboard” of a spiritual piano, thus stressing its importance.

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The Immortal Influence of Greek Mythology on Video Games

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Few cultures can boost of providing a greater deal of inspiration to video games, than the Greek Mythology. Its centenary wealth of Gods, Creatures and Scenarios, has served to inspire some of the most influential and revolutionary video games ever.

The first video games on which we are able to see the presence of Greek mythology were Kid Icarus and Battle of Olympus both of them for NES, however, their story,  scenarios and playing modes were quite simple. However, Age of Mythology: The Titans for PC included not only a wide array of mythological creatures such as hydras, but the chance of interacting with more players, mixing strategy, and magical beings, including the almighty Titans. Therefore being able to exploit the rich complexity of the Greek Legends.

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The unusual connection between Video Games and Stress

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Do video games cause stress or reduce stress? This question has been posed many times, often when a tragic incident occurs and the perpetrator happened to have played a Call of Duty game. One might say tighter gun control or regulations may be in order, but that is for a different post.

Of course games in general can reduce stress – High rewarding games such as Candy Crush can help you relax after a long day. Violence, debated as it is, can help a user exact a little revenge against annoying co workers or a frustrating morning commute. While they are not actually shooting someone in the face, it’s the thought that counts.

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