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8 Best Games for Stress Relief

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Something that comes up a lot when you ask gamers why they like gaming is the phrase “I do it to relax.” After a long day at work or school, it’s great to be able to rest your mind and pop in a game—it gives you something to keep you occupied while cooling down from real-life anxieties. But we know gaming doesn’t always look like relaxation: Your sullen teenage son aggressively plays Call of Duty to “relax.” Your niece puts hundreds of hours into a nerve-racking role playing game to “relax.” Your mother screams at Candy Crush to “relax.” What’s up with that? Read More

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Interview: Prof. Steinkeuhler on Being a Mom, Scholar, and Gamer

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Get Connected Gamer Profile USE MEConstance Steinkeuhler is a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and co-directs the Games+Learning+Society (GLS) center at the Wisconsin Institute of Discovery. Professor Steinkeuler has earned a PhD in Literacy Studies, an MS in Educational Psychology, and three additional degrees in Mathematics, English, and Religious Studies. She researches cognition and learning in games, and she designs games.

Recently, she graciously answered some questions for our Get Connected Gamer Profiles series. Thanks, Professor Steinkeuhler! We wish we could be in Madison for this year’s Games+Learning+Society Conference, which will be held June 10-13.

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