Thank you for visiting my profile. My name is Shoshannah Tekofsky, though I prefer to be called simply Shos. Here is a little about myself and why I write about the psychology in and around video games.
First off, I'm a why-do-people-do-that-?-type of person. It has led me to earning my bachelors degree in psychology and cognitive science, and I still theorize about human nature on a daily basis. Academically I gave up on the field because I wanted to earn some hard skills. Right now I'm busy earning my master's degree in Computer Science. I'm specializing in the design and programming of new AI. Good stuff, I assure you.
Secondly, I'm a gamer. Always have been, and I'm hoping to stay that way for a long time. The hobby has led me to work as a localization and QA tester for 2 years.
Thirdly, I've always had that writing bug but nothing to let it loose on. Recently I have decided to start flexing my writing skills for real, specifically on the topic of video games and psychology.
Apart from that, there are some other, smaller reasons I want to start writing about this topic. For one, I think most academic writing is being written in an overcomplicated style. This adds nothing and only shuts people out who are not in-the-know about the professional jargon and the mystique of convoluted sentence structures. A lot of research is misinterpreted by the media and the masses because the researchers do not speak plain English (or whatever language they are aiming for).
On top of that, I've always felt video games have been a positive contribution to my life. A lot of the media focusses on all the evils of gaming, but they rarely base it on anything. I'm not saying gaming is holy and only good for you. There is always bad quality, overconsumption or misuse. And that is true of everything in life. In my writing I will do my utmost to stick to the plain facts, and I will link to those papers and other sources that I use. With that I hope my writing will help break down gamings bad image.