• The Esports RSS Bundle Project

    The Esports RSS Bundle Project

    A little while ago I had a discussion about how we consume content, and how aggregates like Reddit cause problems for discovery. The quick-and-dirty is this: if you’re relying on upvotes and algorithms to show you what is “best,” you stop searching out new things, and can potentially miss out when those methods fail. Because […]

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  • Square-off: Riot Games and Valve Software’s community management

    Square-off: Riot Games and Valve Software’s community management

    Riot Games’ League of Legends and Valve Software’s Dota 2 are two of the foremost titles in the Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA) market, and are fundamentally different in audience and scope. League of Legends has successfully gained a larger audience by being easier to pick up with a more friendly aesthetic. It rewards a […]

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  • On Miitomo – Nintendo’s quirky social network

    On Miitomo – Nintendo’s quirky social network

    Over the last couple days I’ve started to get into Miitomo, which is Nintendo’s first attempt at a mobile app. In wanting to get into that market, Nintendo both have to admit that their handheld line of consoles isn’t getting them everything they want, and they also have to make something cool without driving people […]

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  • Prepping for an event: Twitter, gear and damage control

    Prepping for an event: Twitter, gear and damage control

    In the past I’ve written posts for gaming/esports/nerd professionals who might be travelling to places like conventions, tournaments or expos. I think preparation for these events is a large part of being successful at them, and sometimes you can get blindsided by things you don’t expect. So in an effort to make things better, here’s […]

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  • How to pitch an esports/gaming publication without embarrassing yourself

    How to pitch an esports/gaming publication without embarrassing yourself

    A major part of finding success and growth as a creator is being able to pitch your product to someone who’s willing to pay for it. This means not only having a good way to communicate what you do, but also knowing what information is the most relevant. I’ve worked in journalism for ten years, […]

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  • Rocket League: Unifying esports through shared context

    Rocket League: Unifying esports through shared context

    When I found out that Rocket League was going to be allowing cross-play between Xbox One, the Playstation 4 and PC, I initially just chalked it up to the game being relatively good at it already and adding one more platform to its portfolio. However, the more I thought about it, the game has evolved […]

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  • Who Benefits: Riot Games acquires Radiant Entertainment

    Who Benefits: Riot Games acquires Radiant Entertainment

    Last week, Radiant Entertainment announced that they would be acquired by Riot Games, the developer of League of Legends. Radiant, so far known for the civilization construction game Stonehearth (which I backed on Kickstarter) and their fighting game Rising Thunder, will be joining the company to develop a new game for Riot. Rising Thunder‘s alpha […]

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  • Visiting Stardew Valley

    Visiting Stardew Valley

    How often do you play a number of games in the same genre, and wish that there was a way to combine the best features of them into one title? How often do you sit down and think “man, I’d love the way the shotgun sounds from Game X, but I like the reloading animation […]

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  • #LetsTalk 2016 – My depression, and how it hurts me

    #LetsTalk 2016 – My depression, and how it hurts me

    So today’s Bell’s annual #LetsTalk day, which is a promotion to get people talking about depression and mental health. Every time people tweet with the hashtag, Bell makes a donation to Canadian mental health programs. Basically it’s a giant PR move that a lot of people just happen to believe in; the company’s shitty practices […]

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  • SeeBotsChat: So two robots walk into a bar…

    SeeBotsChat: So two robots walk into a bar…

    So if you’ve been on Twitch Twitter™ today you’ll probably have heard about seebotschat, a channel that has two voice-activated assistants (Google Home models) that are programmed to talk to each other. Both have tweaks made to their code in order to give them a separate personality; the one on the left is named “Vladimir” […]

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