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Complexity Creep In Competitive Gaming

Complexity Creep In Competitive Gaming

Complexity Creep Competitive gaming suffers from a serious case of complexity creep, which, while not always crippling, stands in complete opposition to the progression of competitive gaming into the mainstream gaming community. The problem is simple: games create new content to keep players interested, but the constant additions of new variables into the competitive scene … Continue reading

Games As Art Versus Pulp Consumers

Games As Art Versus Pulp Consumers

As a video game retail employee, I meet all kinds of gamers who play games for a myriad of different reasons. When a customer asks for my opinion on what games to buy, I usually start off by explaining the core elements of what makes the product a game, i.e. how it plays, what genre … Continue reading

Why Do We Watch Livestreams?

Why Do We Watch Livestreams?

While I often struggle with the fact that I spent so much of my young life (I’m only 23) playing video games, the video game community’s new-found fascination with live streaming on services like Twitch and Hitbox puzzles me even more. If video games are the “interactive” entertainment medium, then why would someone want to watch … Continue reading

Why Geek Chic & New-found Nerd Acceptance Irks Me

Why Geek Chic & New-found Nerd Acceptance Irks Me

Nerds have come a long way. They began as the basement dwelling dungeon masters of the 70’s, became the video game programmers of the 80’s and then hit mainstream awareness as the music pirates of the early 2000’s. Now it’s 2014 and nerd culture has reached an all new high in terms of mainstream acceptance. Professional Youtubers and … Continue reading

Where Games Go To Die

Where Games Go To Die

Whether you play MMORPGs, Fighting Games or First Person Shooters, you’ve probably heard someone say that whatever game you enjoy is ‘dead’. What they mean to say is that the game you like is no longer relevant because some vocal minority declares that it is bad and not worth your time. Why is this such … Continue reading

Not All That Is Nerdy Is Gold

Not All That Is Nerdy Is Gold

Although I’m very proud of and happy with the rise in popularity of ‘nerdy’ endeavors such as tabletop role-playing games, video games, cosplay and science fiction, not everything associated with being a ‘nerd’ is healthy or beneficial to the community as a whole. No one should be ashamed of the forms of entertainment they enjoy … Continue reading

Gaming Is Not Childish – Taking A Break

Gaming Is Not Childish – Taking A Break

As a recent college graduate and a man turning 23, I wonder constantly about whether or not gaming is still something I should be doing with my spare time. I’ve seen many close friends turn from video games to other forms of entertainment, with differing results and reasoning, but no matter how much or little … Continue reading