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  • Blog Post: Life After Game Over: Pro Gamers Face Retirement

    Professional gaming, the loose confederacy of leagues, organizations, and tournaments that fall under the large banner of “eSports,” has experienced dizzying growth in the last decade. Once little more than glorified LAN parties with some sponsors and prize money, the popularity of watching... More
  • Blog Post: Tips For Surviving The Summer Gaming Slump

    If you're a gamer, you're no stranger to summer release droughts, but this time doesn't have to be such a downer. You can view this break as an opportunity, whether it's trying a new genre or preparing for your favorite releases. We know gaming dry spells can be rough, especially when... More
  • Blog Post: Watch A League Of Legends Vet Witness A Newcomer's Awful Debut

    In my 25 years of gaming, I've tried to make it a point to stay open-minded and try just about every genre out there. I've never been a sports guy, but I've spent hundreds of hours playing Madden and NFL GameDay. I used to make fun of JRPGs because I didn't think I'd like turn-based... More
  • Blog Post: Do Updates Change Games For The Better?

    It used to be that once a developer released a game it was finished. No matter how much a developer wanted to continue working on the title, the game was done. NES titles from 30 years ago play exactly the same today as they did when they first hit store shelves. Today’s gaming world is not nearly... More
  • Blog Post: Great Games That Don't Cost A Dime

    Free-to-play games often get a bad reputation. Many of these games intentionally prohibit player progress to make a quick buck, while others allow players to buy their way to success in what have become known as “pay to win” games. However, just because there are examples of free-to-play... More
  • Blog Post: Out Of My Comfort Zone: League Of Legends

    Before the holiday, Game Informer’s Kim Wallace wrote a compelling piece about familiar games being too comfortable. In her feature, she wrote, “I'm playing a game I enjoy, but lately I've realized I'm robbing myself of new game experiences by relying too much on the same games... More
  • Blog Post: CosBlog # 84: Cassiopeia by Jerry Polence

    Every once in a while I look at a piece of character art and come to the conclusion that there isn’t a way to faithfully manifest it into reality. I thought Cassiopeia was a character that transcended into movie magic territory, but Jerry Polence and her cosplay crew proved me widely wrong. The... More
  • Blog Post: What Will Make You Switch To Blizzard All-Stars?

    Players of the MOBA/Dota-alike genre are notoriously defensive about their preferred game’s notional superiority. The entire landscape consisted of a handful of titles for years, but more and more games are competing for this enormous player pool every day. What can juggernaut developer/publisher... More
  • Blog Post: Guardians Of Middle-Earth Beginner Guide

    So you want to check out this whole MOBA thing now that there’s a decent console one, do you? This brief guide will help you land on your feet. [Not sure if Guardians is for you? Check out my full review here .] Run away No, seriously. You’re too close to the enemy. Back up! Against experienced... More
  • Blog Post: Weekend Warrior 11/16/12

    December is drawing near, so we're all trying to cram in as many of the great games we missed before 2013 rolls around. Halo 4, XCOM, Persona 4 Golden, Dishonored, and advance copies of Far Cry 3 are all at the top of the list. AHL games and car stereos will be second tier priorities. Ben Hanson... More
  • Blog Post: A Beginner’s Guide To League Of Legends

    Some games are incredibly easy to pick up and play. Others are not. League of Legends is one of the latter. Though it may seem simple on the surface, many things that occur in the game can be downright puzzling to the inexperienced. This guide covers most of the basics of gameplay and some tips on how... More
  • Blog Post: League of Legends: A Look At The Most Played Game In The World

    What is League of Legends? How does one play? What makes it a great eSports spectacle? I cover some of the basics of the game and sit down with a League of Legends fan for some insight into the community, the game, and its professional players. League of Legends has caught on fire in the eSports community... More
  • Blog Post: The Pillars of eSports

    Last week, we discussed what the term eSports meant and made a case for why people might enjoy it. This week, we talk about the core games and franchises that make up the eSports scene. Just as traditional sports include different games like football, baseball, and hockey, eSports are comprised of many... More
  • Blog Post: Why Should You Care About eSports?

    What makes over eight million people tune in to live streams to watch other people play video games? Electronic Sports, better known as eSports, is an umbrella term for competitive video gaming. Competitive gaming has been growing in popularity for a while now, developing a large fan-base that is both... More
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