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David O'Keefe


A Smash Tournament Brought in Therapy Dogs to Help Players Destress

Fighting game tournaments are stressful places. There’s an immense amount of pressure before a set even starts, and a surge of emotion by time it ends. Win or lose, the tension can be overwhelming. What better way to take some of the edge off than giving a warm belly rub…

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Under Night’s Community Found Validation and Explosive Growth at Evo

Under cobalt lights arranged into three diamonds, people crowded into the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada this weekend. Many more spilled out onto the concrete floor. They were there not for a musical artist or a high-profile comedian, but to watch the top eight competitors of anime…

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Kiki’s Delivery Service is More Relevant Than Ever 30 Years Later

Millennials — maligned murderers of motorcycles and other industries — are will-o’-wisps of productivity, burning with dazzling flames and then abruptly fizzling out. Burnout is not unique to millennials, but overwork and burnout are disproportionately afflicting the younger generations in an economy that has become increasingly defined by hustle. Stereotypes already…

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How Asobo Went From Ratatouille To Plague Rats

Game development studio Asobo opened its doors in Bordeaux, France nearly two decades ago. Their first game was an adaptation of a late 90s children’s book-turned-television series about friendly anthropomorphized animals, Sitting Ducks. David Dedeine, CCO and co-founder of the studio, described it to me with a chuckle, as, “A…

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