Category: Gaming Writing

  • The Nintendo Switch and the fallacy of sunk costs

    The Nintendo Switch and the fallacy of sunk costs

    I was worried when I bought my Switch. I got burned by my purchase of the WiiU, which I had primary gotten to play Super Mario Maker and potentially stream it. I kind of fell into a trap I’ve become more cognisant of lately: the “gotta play with friends while the game is still hot” […]

  • Valve’s Artifact, and what it needs to get right

    Valve’s Artifact, and what it needs to get right

    Yesterday when I was watching The International’s broadcast, something perked my ears up. Valve announced that they were revealing a new game, right then and there.

  • Training, execution, and mindfulness

    Training, execution, and mindfulness

    I have a hard time being present. It sounds simple enough: focusing and engaging with the moment in front of you. My biggest distraction there is thinking about what’s down the road, and the consequences of wrong choices. This is pretty much the foundation of my anxiety and a lot of my mental health issues.

  • The pro wrestling entrance, and what esports can learn from it

    The pro wrestling entrance, and what esports can learn from it

    Over the past year I’ve gotten more comfortable with my fandom for pro wrestling because of a couple reasons; the most prominent is that it introduced a love of pageantry and storytelling that I didn’t know that I had. For the uninitiated, almost all of pro wrestling is pre-determined. Depending on the performers, each match […]

  • Lost in the plot : streaming story-based games

    Lost in the plot : streaming story-based games

    The last few months of my stream have mainly moved away from anything competitive; I’ve been playing games that I’ve been meaning to cross off my list for one reason or another, and the idea (like many people will tell you) is to play while focusing on my enjoyment.

  • To 3220 and back – an update to my Dota 2 journey

    To 3220 and back – an update to my Dota 2 journey

    Despite not making it “a project” for the last little while, I’ve still been playing Ranked Dota 2. My mindset is starting to shift in that I haven’t been entirely tilted by my performance or MMR (matchmaking rank) number, because by playing with my friends I’ve been able to see a marked improvement in how […]

  • Making a list: Dota 2 Support heroes

    Making a list: Dota 2 Support heroes

    The last little bit of my Dota career has been frustrating; I seem to be hovering around the same MMR without any improvement, and no real consistent growth that moves me forward. I’ve come to the conclusion that this is my own fault, as I haven’t been setting concrete goals. Before, with BetterDota (my previous […]

  • My next steps to dealing with the panic of choice in Dota

    My next steps to dealing with the panic of choice in Dota

    Panic is a common problem in multiplayer games — you’re faced with an innumerable amount of choices with limited information and only have a small window of time to maximize results with an. Multiplying that by dozens of opportunities a game, this can get pretty stressful, pretty quick. I’ve written about it before. Last night […]

  • Weekly stream review: realigning with goals

    Weekly stream review: realigning with goals

    This week I had the idea of planning out and sticking to a content schedule; mostly, I wanted to start becoming more organized with my time, and also wanted to lessen the mental load. Projects can seem pretty big until you take the time to get what exact steps you need to do them out […]

  • Dealing with moments of panic in gaming: the first wall

    Dealing with moments of panic in gaming: the first wall

    I think the thing that frustrates me most about learning video games are the panic moments where you know what you should have done, but lack the mental clarity to put them into practice. In a high-pressure situation, I sometimes can’t connect the dots to what I’m seeing and what I need to do to successfully […]