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Video Games and Depression | Sidcourse

A beautifully-edited video looking at mental health, depression, and how games and gaming can or could help for those suffering. I feel like I can relate to Sid’s story where even just playing a certain video games with a friend, or a group of friends, just helps you switch off for a moment from the outside world.

This is why Elite: Dangerous was game of the year for me last year. Throughout the first half of 2017, I had played hundreds of hours of Elite with a group of friends that are fairly good with the game. The way we just muck around in the vast galaxy of Milky Way, be it completing community goals, bounty hunting, or even just exploring, can at most times be a really therapeutic experience.

Unfortunately, my Windows laptop broke since last year so I could play with Elite at the moment, but when I finally got myself a new gaming PC and got the chance to play again, I’d definitely do it.

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Encoding data in dubstep drops »

This is both the smartest and the stupidest idea ever at the same time.

[Warning: Those who can’t stand EDM/dubstep, oh boy do I have bad news for you in regards to this blog post]

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The Day That Minecraft Died

While this video is a bit uncomfortable to watch because pokes at the “blame Microsoft” thing quite a lot, I agree with the general sentiment.

One of the major reasons why Minecraft has been dying is, as this video mentioned, that “we all grew up”. I used to play this game during my college days with a bunch of friends, and more and more of us started getting real-life jobs to the point where we just don’t really have time for it. Outside of that, other games also feel more appealing.

Not to mention the fact that one might get overwhelmed at the barrage of new features from recent not-that-good updates, re-learning the game felt way too much of a hassle.

This comment sums up my views nicely:

While I may be biased because I still greatly enjoy this game the same way that I have for the past nearly 6 years now, I don’t think that the game is dying simply because it’s presence on YouTube etc is dying. I do however agree that the quality of updates has declined in recent years, but that’s not due to Microsoft. It’s important to remember that Mojang still have 100% of creative control over Minecraft and Microsoft is simply taking control of marketing and merchandise along with releasing versions of the game on various different platforms. They have nothing to do with Mojang kinda running out of great ideas.

Birb

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How a Norwegian comment section turned chaos into order—with a simple quiz »

NRKbeta, the tech and R&D wing of Norwegian state broadcaster NRK held an experiment on their sites’ comments section, in order to solve the problem of trolls, angry rants, and low-quality discussions. And their solution was simple, but genius. A simple WordPress plugin requires readers to correctly answer a quiz to prove that they’ve read the article in order to unlock the comment box.

“It was a basic idea,” NRKbeta developer Ståle Grut told a South By Southwest crowd on Tuesday. “Readers had to prove they read a story before they were able to comment on it.”


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