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Eron Rauch


We should pay more attention to esports losers

Esports are glorious tragedy machines. Very often, stories about imperfect, unsuccessful players are a lot more exciting.

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The Hidden Worlds of Esports Stages

Looking at a bunch of players in a plexiglass box isn't that interesting on its own. These days, esports event stages are making things a lot more exciting.

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Spirit Breaker Bash: the controversial role of chance in esports

Why percentage-chance elements in competitive games are so controversial-- and why designers keep including them.

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Global Game, Global Life: Impressions from the League of Legends World Championship

There's nothing quite like watching two top-tier teams go head-to-head in the heart of Los Angeles.

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Get Wrecked: why esports injuries matter

As esports occupy a growing segment of the entertainment world, we're going to have to start looking seriously at the toll these games take on their players.

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How much esports should we watch?

With gameplay videos and streams more popular than ever, how we manage our media diet becomes an important issue.

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Sketches of Greatness: why do esports excite us so much?

Esports fan love recalling great plays by their favorite pro gamers, but what's the science behind it?

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ICYMI: Dota 2’s esports scene has turned into a real-life sports anime

Pro Dota 2 team OG made an unbelievable comeback at Saturday's International 8 grand finals.

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Going on a Never Ever Quest with the creator of Katamari Damacy

Roll me on up into the sky.

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A Billion-Armed Bandit

As Hearthstone trends increasingly toward randomnness, players are getting left out in the cold.

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Inside a Starry Kitchen: An interview with Button Mash’s Nguyen Tran

Restaurateurs Nguyen and Thi Tran fused a lifelong love affair with games and pan-Asian comfort food to make their hit Los Angeles-based bar arcade.

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Future Unfolding review

Dreamlike and inscrutable, this painterly puzzle game holds moments of wonder in its depths.

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The legacy of geeks, bros, and filthy casuals

If game publishers want to make way more money off esports, they might have to look to the huge (and lucrative) casual audiences that traditional esports culture currently ignores.

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Morgan Romine on the history of women in esports

We discuss how the challenges women face in esports have changed-- a lot!-- over the past few decades.

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How to Break Up With a Videogame

What happens when you quit playing a game that's filled your free time and defined your entire social life?

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The Rules Change Entirely: Jason Bender on RTS and Mobile Design

A Command and Conquer developer talks to us about design

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What the hell was CNCTV?

Do you remember Command & Conquer Television?

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The next century: some thoughts on the future of esports

Sometimes, we forget how young esports are-- and how much they could change in the future.

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