The Lament of a First-Year PhD Student

As I near the end of my first year, I reflect on the realities of being a PhD student. Expect brutal honesty and stream-of-consciousness grumbling.

Quest Notes: II

Quest Notes from 02/10/19 Journey of the Gods: First impressions are amazing, tutorial was awesome. MOTION SICKNESS CENTRAL. Send help. The lack of teleporting in this game absolutely floored me for 20 minutes. My head was spinning; I literally had to sit before I fell down. The only other game that has had this effect…

Quest Notes: I

In the name of research, I’ve decided to dedicate a section of my blog to my virtual adventures in virtual reality. This section will note my findings while using the Oculus Quest. Here is my first rapidly-written notes discovered the day after scrawling them on my whiteboard immediately after pulling the HMD off. I’m not…

One Week In: The Leveraged PhD Social Media Challenge

Here’s an update on the first week of The Leveraged PhD Social Media Challenge! So far, I’ve made so many amazing connections – I’m already incredibly grateful for this challenge, it’s really bringing out the best side of social media and it’s potential for bringing like-minded people together. Here’s a round-up of the first week…

The Leveraged PhD – Social Media Challenge

Hello, lovely readers. Although I’m a little late to this party, I’ve joined an amazing social media challenge ran by the incredible Melanie over at The Leveraged PhD. You can check out my latest posts on my Instagram. Here’s a snippet from the first post: “This month I’ll be joining the #TheLeveragedPhD Social Media Challenge. Every day, I’ll…

Is This Thing On?

An honest update on my PhD, life and a personal attempt at pulling myself together through mental kintsukuroi.

Random Thoughts Vol.1: Maps and Wayfinding

Have you ever noticed something about the majority of games – the fact that they all have maps? The first time we log on, we navigate our way through these virtual worlds like tourists entering a new city. We are required to use maps, both virtual and geographical, in order to progress throughout a virtual…

Video Games: The New Therapy?

Primarily, video games are a form of entertainment; a game that has since evolved into cultural, artistic and narrative forms. Recently, however, they have evolved past these definitions and entered the realms of education, as learning tools, and healthcare, as a form of therapy. Emerging research suggests that video games today have the potential to…

Video Gaming in Everyday Lives: A Research Game Plan

The Raving Gecko is a gaming blog: a space where I can talk about games, review a few of them along the way, share my thoughts on awesome changes in the industry… you get the idea. The other, rather new, side of this blog is my enigmatic research – where I bring to you lovely…