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Miles Hackett
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Twitter: @miles_hackett
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What is Teemo? The Bizarre Conception of League's Annoying Mascot
No matter what game you play, there’s something you hate playing against. Most of the time it’s something cheesy, or broken. But sometimes, you hate something not because it’s good, but...
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What is All Your Base? How One Bad Gaming Translation Spawned the Meme Generation
In today’s rapidly moving internet age, memes explode into existence and then die almost as quickly. However, there is a meme that emerged before platforms like Reddit, Imgur and Twitter...
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What is Pick-Ban? The Emergence of Tactical Warfare in Esports
Esports are a battle of wits. A grueling, mentally exhausting, emotionally taxing endeavor, where the difference between success and failure is often decided by your ability to outsmart...
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What is Waluigi? Why the Smash Community Embraced Nintendo's Most Hated Reject
Super Smash Bros. is probably the craziest gaming crossover in the world. It’s the only arena where Mario can fight Sonic, Cloud, Pikachu, Pac-Man and Mega Man at the same time. And with...
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What is VAC? How the Controversy Around Valve's Answer to Cheating Changed CS:GO
Competitive integrity is an important part of esports. If someone is cheating, they don’t just invalidate their own achievements, but also those of their teammates. And even respected pro...
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What is Gaben? How one of gaming's greatest minds became one of its greatest memes
Gabe Newell is the co-founder and CEO of Valve – the developer and publisher behind universally acclaimed titles like Half-Life, Counter-Strike, Dota 2, Team Fortress 2 and Left4Dead. But...
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What Is Speedrunning? A look at gaming's fastest players
Speedrunning is the track and field of the gaming world. It spans from the frantic 100 meter dash, to the endurance-challenging, long distance marathon. It’s produced incredible,...
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What is GG? The Evolution of the Sportsmanship and the Salt
You see it after a game — often regardless of outcome.You see it during a game, when someone feeds. And sometimes you see it purely as a form of disrespect. GG stands for “good game” – an...
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What is RNG? Gamers' Love-Hate Relationship with Luck in Esports
We talk a lot about player skill in esports, and for good reason: most of your favourite games give stars plenty of opportunity to show their supremacy. But games usually also include a...
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What is Solo Queue? The rise of competitive online matchmaking
As many of us know, the path to the big money contracts, the bright lights of the stage and the bro hugs in endless confetti showers is paved by thousands of hours spent in front of a...
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What is Shoutcasting? The Story Behind The Voices of Esports
Casting is an important part of the esports experience and it helps both entertain and inform the viewer. Because, let’s be honest, some of these games can be a little overwhelming to...
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What is Stream Sniping? The craze terrorizing Twitch's biggest stars
For as long as there have been broadcasts, there have been people trying, against all odds, to steal the spotlight during them. And today, because anyone with a webcam, computer or gaming...
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What is Boosting? The Twisted Motivations Behind Cheating the Elo Ladder
There are a few types of people who play competitive games online. You’ve got your everyday, run-of-the-mill, law-abiding citizens. You’ve got your smurfs. And you’ve got the boosted...
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How Scarlett stunned Bomber in one of StarCraft's greatest series
Sometimes, great moments are not born from a perfectly-executed display of skill between two great players, but from a singular well-timed blow in what could otherwise be described as a...
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How top streamers like Ninja, Shroud and DrDisRespect can make or break a new game
There was a time where we felt that we had to justify this nerdy stuff to the outside world. We had to tell people that the accelerated popularity of gaming was something worth paying...
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What is Lord Tachanka? The conflict behind Rainbow Six Siege's most broken operator
Meme characters are mechanically broken, community driven jokes typically selected only in poor taste. But the joke is usually inconsequential, short-lived, and destined to fade into...
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The Story of The International
In the pursuit of greatness, we are asked to give our lives away. To relinquish our time. Our energy. And our bodies. All to reach the top of our chosen field. To become the greatest to...
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What is Smurfing? The Weird Story Behind Online Gaming's Secret Accounts
If you've ever played a competitive game online, you've probably encountered someone in match-making who is a little too good to be playing within your rank. Well, chances are high that...
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The Story of TSM Reginald
In 2009, a small indie games developer out of Santa Monica, California launched their inaugural game. It was called League of Legends: Clash of Fates, and among the first 100 people to...