Nov 272014

I awoke somewhat surprised to find an article on eSports on the biggest Dutch news-network. I was hoping for a constructive article, but it turned out to be just another article perhaps only used for future reference. It did put me on a hunt for some more information in the bureaucracy of eSports in general, and I found some disheartening news towards the current standing of eSports.

I was pleasantly surprised this morning, as I saw an article on eSports on the NOS (the Dutch equivalent to the British BBC). The main focus of this article: the Dutch eSports association is making a push to join NOC*NSF (Dutch Olympic Committee*Dutch Sports Federation) to legitimize eSports as a real sport. Worldwide, eSports is growing as a whole, and so is the Dutch eSports scene. NOC*NSF membership would mean a big deal. It is the national representative body to the International Olympic Committee, and counts about 90 members, ranging from the national Aikido association to the KNSB, our Speedskating association. Not only would membership legitimize eSports, but it will also support athletes financially and make it easier to set up tournaments on a national scale. Still, there are some misconceptions and obstructions in the article left unclear, which I will aim to describe further in this article.

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Nov 062014

Ever downloaded a free game, only to discover you have to pay loads of money to actually play it? Ever get annoyed by an invite to play Candy Crush or Farmville? Ever wanted all of this to stop? Well, there is hope, since South Park magnificently addressed the issues. Here’s how they did it.

Have you ever downloaded a free game to your cellphone, only to discover that in order to enjoy the game to its fullest, you have to dish out loads of cash? I myself might have fallen into that trap a few times, and apparently so did South Park’s creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone. Their newest episode of the show features an excellent analysis of the business models these games incorporate, on par with analyses by industry ‘professionals’ like John ‘Totalbiscuit’ Bain. So good even, that I think these ‘freemium’ games have been dealt a great blow with this newest episode. Because whereas Totalbiscuit only speaks to the core gamers, South Park reaches a much wider audience. In this blog post I will explain why by taking some quotes from the episode, but first, lets look at the nature of these freemium games and some notable examples. Continue reading »

Oct 272014

The Williams is 2014’s hottest looking car. Not just the aerodynamic design, but also the livery is top-notch. The Martini Racing livery makes for some great nostalgia to the era of dangerous touring cars and Le Mans prototypes of the 70’s and 80’s. I made a few wallpapers based on this design, which you can find in this post. Here’s the first, the other two are after the jump!



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Oct 012014

I was avoiding writing an essay, and got inspired by a picture I saw to make some videogame wallpapers (featuring our glorious overlord, GabeN). When I uploaded it to imgur, I saw I had quite a backlog of gaming-related wallpapers which I might as well post here. I actually did another post like this before (with formula 1 related wallpapers), which you can find here. So, here goes, starting with the one I made today and the others following after the jump. Hope they can be of some use to you!

(click this link to the full album)

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Sep 252014
Emma Watson

Emma Watson, star of movies like ‘Harry Potter’ and ‘The Perks of Being a Wallflower’, was rumoured to have her nudes leaked. It turned out to be a hoax, and was widely reported. The hoax itself, however, was another hoax, orchestrated by someone or some group. This article tries to find some truth in all the rumours.

On the 21st of September a fairly unknown site called went viral. The topic being a story about alleged leaked nudes of Emma Watson. The site linked to a page titled ‘Emma You Are Next’, and featured a four-leaf clover – the logo of 4chan (nowadays often referred to as halfchan, since the exodus to infinitechan/8chan started). Fingers were therefore quickly pointed at 4chan as the responsible party, and a social media initiative called ‘#ShutDown4chan’ re-emerged. You can find a screen cap of the original post by FoxWeekly linked here. This coincided with a speech Watson gave a day earlier at the UN, at the start of the ‘HeForShe’ campaign of which she is a representative.

The speech (which can be found in this link) advocated for the participation of boys and men alike around the world to better the position of women in their respective communities. Many countries around the world, mostly non-Western states, still feature oppressed women who are handled as objects rather than individuals. Countries like India, where rape is the fourth most common crime. Or Saudi Arabia, where women aren’t allowed to even drive a car. These instances indeed need fixing, so why then would 4chan try to blackmail miss Watson with nude pictures to pull her support from the campaign? Spoiler: they don’t. It’s hoax. No, it’s a hoax of a hoax.

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Sep 222014

A rift has appeared among the ranks of 4chan, with large quantities of users bidding the website farewell in favour of alternatives like How could it be that the most infamous community found on the internet has started to break up? Over a decade has ruled the darker sides of the internet. What does this mean?

During the last few weeks, a lot of big and important things happened on the internet. GamerGate, The Fappening, and the death of 4chan. Is 4chan really dead? No, it isn’t, but it might as well be to most of their decennium-long users. Somehow, these three things are all interconnected. “But how?” you’d ask. Well, that is what I’m setting out to explain in this new post on internet culture. For reference on The Fappening, read my previous article on it. I will write an elaborate post on ‘GamerGate’ soon(-ish), so I will only glance over the topic in this post. I will not use extensive references in this post, but rest assured that most claims are based on truth as most (certainly on the nature of 4chan) are taken from my academic thesis. Disclaimer, sentences and words between quotes mean I’m taking either quotes, or are paraphrasing 4chan slang.

4chan started as an image based message board in 2003 by a young boy called Christopher Poole, a.k.a. ‘Moot’ (Mootykins to some). Its anonymous nature became home to some of the more reclusive and creative people on the internet. Many things we now love or loathe on the internet, started there. Ragecomics? Originated on 4chan. Image macros (sometimes wrongly called memes)? Also 4chan. Even the Anonymous-movement started on 4chan, when users got fed up with the censoring ways of Scientology-lawyers after they tried ripping down any mention of Tom Cruise’s Scientology-recruitement video. Anonymous aided websites like Gawker (remember that name) by overflowing Scientology centers world-wide with phone calls, DDoS’s, and eventually a real life protest march. This movement, and later similar ‘projects’ like Lulzsec, were so interesting and new to political movements, that I wrote my Bachelors thesis about the influence of such movements on the political participation of young people.

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