Nov 212015

I love Dota 2. I love playing it, and I love watching live tournaments – online. However, something has started to bother me. While some teams get invited, they perform poorly. Exemplified by the victory of Team OG today, a new team which showed every directly invited team who’s boss. Do we really need direct invites anymore?

If you’re like me, you just saw Team OG take a convincing victory over Team Secret in the final of the Frankfurt Major, taking 1.1 million dollar of prize money from the 3 million dollar prize pool. Team OG were the underdogs, they are a recently formed team, qualifying for the tournament, and making it through the lower bracket all the way to take the whole tournament.  Of the 16 teams, and over 6 days, OG proved to be the best, defeating the 8 invited teams in the process. This got me to think about the tournament format. Not that I don’t like an underdog team pulling an offset and defeating powerhouse teams like Secret and Evil Geniuses, but on what criteria are the invitations sent?

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Nov 152015

For my Master’s in Political Communication, we got the assignment to write a ‘blog post’ of 500-600 words. The subject needed to be media and how they affected the discourse used in Politics. I decided to do things a little differently, instead writing about how media respond to a particular political trend in society. We were also encouraged to publish our blog post online. It isn’t exactly thorough, but still, here it is! 

There’s a worrying trend making its rounds on the internet. The particular trend I am talking about is not the destruction of Net Neutrality. Nor is it the death of anonymity through NSA practices. No. The trend I am talking about is not institutional; it is societal. It is the polarization of discourse from so-called SJW’s (Social Justice Warriors). Originating from the micro-blogging website Tumblr, these SJW’s do battle against perceived social injustice from the comfort of their armchair. While easily ignored on the internet, these SJW’s have started permeating the real world. This would not have been such a bad thing, if only they were willing to listen to the voice of reason and enter a reasonable debate, a feat they are wholly incapable off as shown with an incident during a Bernie Sanders rally. Continue reading »

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 »