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Jori Hamilton is a writer from the Pacific Northwest with an interest in social justice, feminism, technology, and more. You can follow her on twitter @HamiltonJori
Every game company has specific requirements you’ll need to meet before they’ll hire you as a game designer. The number one requirement listed on those job listings (72%) was communication skills. Why do soft skills matter in video game development?
Over 65 percent of American adults play video games. Since this population is primarily adults, it's to be expected that many have adult themes, such as drinking, drug use, and sex. Do video games glorify substance abuse and alcoholism?
The profile of the average video game consumer has changed drastically in the past decade. Now that women make up a significant portion of the gaming population, it's worth taking a look at how the industry is looking to include a new demographic.
Diversity in video game development has been an issue for decades. For years now, game coders and storytellers have largely focused on creating narratives that appeal to white men. This is we can go about changing that to include more diverse narratives.
For years, America has been facing an obesity epidemic. Does playing video games help to solve that issue? Or hinder progress?
Can video games be used to teach children empathy? Recent research suggests yes. Intentional video game design can help improve children's emotional capacity.