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Comic: No, you did not turn out “just fine”

Black Youth Project - March 21, 2019 7150

by JeCorey Holder How many times have we tried to discuss the realities and impact of child abuse and trauma, often thinly-veiled as “discipline” from our parents, only to have someone jump in insisting that they “turned out just fine” despite these things happening to them as kids? Someone who claims that being beaten or […]


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How prison-based thinking warps a lack of empathy for “deserving” victims to harm the vulnerable

Black Youth Project - March 12, 2019 5747

Editor’s Note: sexual violence and mention of rape I’ll admit it: I have a sort of macabre fascination with true crime. My fiancé is always making fun of me for it, and it’s not a trait I’m super proud of, to be honest. I recognize that how the media handles the sensational abuses they document […]


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OPINION: Shocked by the college admissions scandal? School counselors aren’t

Hechinger Report - March 13, 2019 4458

Many people were shocked to learn of recent reports that wealthy parents allegedly fabricated college applications, facilitated cheating on standardized exams and bribed university officials to secure their children’s places in our nation’s best engine for social mobility — selective colleges. The case has raised alarms about the meritocracy that many have long believed defines […]


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The EQ Effect: Leveraging Emotional Intelligence in Communication

Educause Review - March 10, 2019 4403

Developing emotional intelligence can help anyone deepen engagement with colleagues and build strong professional relationships, and the rewards are even greater for leaders and managers of an organization.

Video: Building strong player attachment through narrative

Gamasutra - March 06, 2019 4063

In this 2017 GDC talk, game designer Harrison Pink dives deep into the lessons learned creating fully realized characters in Telltale's The Walking Dead, Tales from the Borderlands, and Mafia III ...

Developing Emotional Literacy: Transition Planning for Youth at Risk

The Chronicle of Evidence-Based Mentoring - February 17, 2019 3124

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Road to the IGF: Khan, Meekel, Flusk, and Meekel's after HOURS

Gamasutra - February 15, 2019 3009

after HOURS has players sharing a tiny space with Lilith, a young woman suffering from Borderline Personality Disorder due to childhood molestation. ...

A Rising Moral Panic

BuzzMachine - January 18, 2019 1461

This is just what I fear: fear itself. See that exchange above. Nick Thompson, the very impressive editor-in-chief of Wired, touted a column by one of his writers who idly wondered whether the #10YearChallenge meme could be a conspiracy created by Facebook to get us chumps to provide it with photos and data to enable […]


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Blog: How to make the marriage between cinema and games last

Gamasutra - January 18, 2019 1456

Netflix's attempt at gamifying cinema with Bandersnatch is a commendable effort but leaves more to be desired. Here's how it might benefit from a deeper understanding of the psychology of games. ...

STUDENT VOICE: ‘I grew up being called a terrorist’

Hechinger Report - January 09, 2019 995

Two years after 9/11, when I was 6 years old, my family moved from Cairo to a predominantly white neighborhood in central New Jersey. It was all too common for the kids in the area to make comments like, “Hey Engy, don’t blow up the building.” I grew up being called a terrorist. People around […]


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What do we do with abusers like R. Kelly if we abolish prisons?

Black Youth Project - January 08, 2019 911

Editor’s Note: This essay contains discussions of childhood sexual violence I didn’t order that extra whiskey ginger last week. I went home when my body told me to, even though it was still early and my friends were still partying. I rested when I got sick, or as much as I possibly could without missing […]


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Video: How composers can evoke powerful emotions through user research

Gamasutra - January 03, 2019 653

In this GDC 2012 session, Bungie composers Brandi House and Marty O'Donnell discuss insights uncovered through user research about how people feel in response to music in games. ...


Helping children become both responsible and happy

Bold Blog - January 03, 2019 619

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Reconciling ‘glorious healing’ & the ‘loving refusal’ of intracommunal violence in an era of disposability

Black Youth Project - December 31, 2018 473

By Tez Files Baptize me. Now that reconciliation is possible, if we’re gonna heal, let it be glorious. – Beyoncé, “Sandcastles” I must have heard Beyoncé’s “Sandcastles”a dozen times. I read all types of complexity into its lyrics. After having gone through a very difficult break-up, it was healing to sit with my emotions and […]


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Best of 2018: The Heartbeat Symposium - Exploring love, sex, and intimacy in games

Gamasutra - December 28, 2018 314

The Blushbox Collective's Katie Stegs chats about The Heartbeat Symposium, a 3-day event that seeks to bring devs together to explore (through game jams and talks) intimacy, love, and sex in games. ...