August-September 2014: ‘Catharsis’

As you probably know, Alan Williamson has passed the Blogs of the Round Table torch on to other stalwart Critical-Distance contributors: specifically Mark Filipowich and Lindsey Joyce. Jointly, Mark and I would like to salute Alan on his amazing job. BoRT will continue to carry on Alan’s legacy in much the same fashion; all the same rules will apply. For right now, it’s just a changing of the guard for BoRT, so make sure you send your submissions to @thejoycean and @MarkFilipowich or collectively to @CritDistance using the #BoRT hashtag.

And now, onto this month’s theme! This time it’s ‘Catharsis’

It’s not abnormal to hear players reference the time they devote to games as a type of stress release. We play to escape reality, to cope with emotions, to vent frustration, and to experience surmountable problems in the wake of real-world problems that may seem unsolvable.

Tell us about your experiences with games as catharsis. Did a particular game experience help you find peace of mind? Did a particular narrative strike a chord that helped you overcome a challenge? Did your frustrated rage of a particularly hard level help you vent deeper frustrations that weren’t game related? Did you ever rage-quit a game and have an epiphany about yourself? Did you ever find yourself in a better place or positive position as a result of play?

We’re accepting your blogs until September 31st. You can see current submissions here:

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Please email us your submissions or tweet them to @markfilipowich and @thejoycean with the #BoRT hashtag. Happy blogging!

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  • Blogs of the Round Table is not curated. If you write it, we’ll publish it, as long as it’s connected to the topic and has been written specially for BoRT or up to one month prior.
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