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Guest Post: Why eSports Needs More Media Attention

By Rein
Website: http://promodskin.com/

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I hear quite often from the mainstream media about how eSports or professional gaming (online) doesn’t make any sense.

There is clearly not enough knowledge of the subject by the people who is saying it; I mean sure they’ve read some articles, maybe look for some statistic, and maybe took a glance at the professional gamer’s profile.

It’s kinda annoying sometimes, so this is my message to the wide stream media and whoever else who wants to listen.

I find football boring, watching it is boring as well. I play rugby myself, but there’s no fun watching it all, but eSports? I find myself watching for hours and completely lose track of time.

eSports is incredibly immersive, some of my friends who don’t play Counter Strike: Global Offensive find the matches are fun to watch, noting that the casters are a lot more energetic and entertaining than commentators from traditional sports.

Note: ESPN made their own page dedicated to eSports which is cool. They never stop expanding.

Person’s Preference

It’s completely down to preference of what you like to watch. If you don’t play the game or don’t have any knowledge of it, of course, you’ll find watching it boring. You have no idea what’s going on and have no idea why these people are so much more skilled than the average person.

This is just simply down to exposure. We’ve all seen or played athletic sports at some point of our lives, and we all appreciate how difficult it is to be good at it.

The same goes with eSports. Practice is needed to become good, and consistent practice is needed to stay good. It’s just the most people didn’t realise this because they haven’t tried it.

As an aspiring eSports player myself, I regularly practice my aim and knowledge (CSGO) daily when I can, and I strive before improving myself.

The great thing about eSports is that it takes very little to set up your team and get started to its vast world.

In eSports, warming up is necessary like any regular sport. Regarding CSGO, you have to get your aim refined to be hitting the crucial shots that are needed. You need to practice different grenades to give your team tactical advantage, and you have to be able to read the game and predict your opponent’s moves.

In League of Legends and DOTA 2, it is more complex because you need to practice on last hitting your enemy creeps to have a gold advantage so you can buy good items to help your team win the game. Mechanical skills like warding, aggro-creeping, and skill timings are essential.

Just like traditional sports, it requires dedication and is not just a casual thing you can do now and then. It is not instant that can happen overnight to be good at it.

Interesting Case Study

This study by Professor Ingo Frobose states that “The eSports athletes achieve up to 400 movements on the keyboard and the mouse per minute, four times as much as the average person.”

This case study proves that eSports are quite intensive because the entire thing is asymmetrical because both hands being moved at the same time with various parts of the brain are also being used at the same time.

He also said that this level of strain even exceeded sports such as table tennis which requires a very high level of hand-eye coordination.

There’s a hormone that your body releases called cortisol, which is released in response to stress. Frobose states that, “The amount of cortisol produced is about the same level as that of a race car driver.”

Again, a race car driver. These people is required to have some of the fastest reactions out there just to stay alive while racing on a track.

This is what an eSports player has. Their pulse increases to, which can often increase to as high as 160 to 180 beats per minute equivalent to a runner.

Conclusion

Playing video games has a long history in our civilization, some people may raise their eyebrows if they hear that it is a sport but believe it or not, there are proofs that eSports should be considered as a sport and USA is issuing an P-1 visas for e-gamers, which is the same visa issued for traditional sports.

eSports has still a long road to cross before everyone accept is a sport. But every single step is an achievement in the industry, not mentioning the money that the industry is generating per year.

Injjj is the owner of promodskin.com where you can download free mod skins for LoL and DOTA 2.

Mother and Daughter Bond Over Twitch Trolls

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Recently, I was pointed to an article over at Kotaku that was surprisingly not a heaping pile of refuse.  For those who don’t want to give the site your click, the story covers a mother who found her daughter’s twitch channel. On this channel, the streamer Raihnbowkidz plays League of Legends, usually with a lot of cleavage and bra on display.  The mother saw how her daughter handled trolls in the chat, and eventually became a moderator.

It’s unfortunate that the article brings up ‘boobie-streamer’ twice (once in the mother’s words), but it seems the shaming parlance is an inescapable part of our online lexicon at this point.  Long story short, mom and daughter, who didn’t seem to get along well before, came together over her twitch channel as mom becomes a moderator and learns to handle the trolls with the same sort of sarcasm and humor her daughter did.

What caught my eye about this article honestly is how the streamer, and eventually her mother, deal with the trolls.  Trolls are an every-day part of life for anyone who goes online anywhere.  Whether it be gaming, watching videos, sharing content on YouTube, or writing articles for an online news site.  We all face them and most of us know they aren’t going away.

Due to the nature of trolls online, people who entertain themselves by throwing insults, are overtly sexist or racist, or are just plain foul, the manner in which we deal with them can have a drastic effect on our own experience.  That’s why I was impressed with this streamer’s attitude, not that it’s entirely unique, but in a time where all we hear about is how everyone’s a victim of bad words online, here’s a young woman who refuses to be a victim.

In her mother’s own words, she understands exactly what a troll is, and it is what drives how she handles them:

“I was really quite fascinated by her strength and humor. The way she handled trolling won people over, including myself,” Jomha said. “I don’t need to feel protective of her.” What she thought were ad hominem attacks against her daughter, Jomha said, aren’t “hurtful to her. She doesn’t take it seriously. It’s the internet. It’s anonymous. 99% of it isn’t meant. They’re trolling!”

Her mother goes on to say that the way the trolls are handled has won many of them over as devoted subscribers and fans.  This seems to support the old internet adage regarding feeding trolls, and avoiding doing just that.  When you react with anger, or by asking for pity, the trolls just keep coming.  That’s the reaction they want in their ignorant game of trying to look cool.

When you react with humor, ignore them, or give them back some ribbing of your own they tend to get bored and leave, or, in this case, become fans.  Even banning them isn’t as effective, as that fuels their twisted ego and not much prevents them from creating new accounts to just come back.  According to Raihnbowkidz, banning on her channel isn’t a common occurrence.

That’s what impressed me with the story of these two women.  Too often, we see people begging someone to help them deal with the anonymous hecklers and trolls, or asking for pity, or worse, money.  There’s little to be done, but to set examples of better behavior by all of us, calling out trolls where we see them, report explicit violations of rules for sites, and, in the end, avoid feeding them.

These two women have taken charge of their environment – in this case, their Twitch channel – in a way that doesn’t make them victims.  They know exactly how to handle the trolls, and oddly enough have bonded over the shared experience.  I honestly think the best solution to the problem of trolls online is more of this because, as long as we keep making it fun for them, by reacting exactly the way they want, they’ll keep doing it.

Should Competitive Gaming Be Considered a Sport?

Guest Post by: Kenny Leng

To give you the short and simple answer – Yes! I think competitive gaming should be considered a sport, but I do find eSports a better term for it.

By definition, a sport is “an activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team competes against another or others for entertainment.”

If you look at some of the bigger competitive games like League of Legends, CS: GO, Dota 2 and Hearthstone, they definitely fit in this category.

This is BLASPHEMY! You SIT ON YOUR BUTT All Day! – That’s Not Sports!

I definitely can see why some people get a huge reaction to this, and rightfully so. Colin Cowherd was one of those that had such a reaction, which was promptly defended by pro basketball player Gordon Hayward. Ex-Laker star Rick Fox has also spoken on this topic as well.

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For some people, when hearing the word sports, they picture humans with strong athletic bodies and some form of physical contact. But when you put that with video games, it doesn’t seem to match up!

In other words, most do not identify with this and can’t seem to grasp the concept. I think the closest example I can use is Chess. Chess is also a sport that you “sit on your butt all day.”  What most didn’t account for is the mental aspect of the game itself. You have to think a few steps ahead of your opponent and outwit them. People watch chess games and love the strategies and mind games that comes along with it.

In competitive gaming such as CS: GO, fast reflexes and team coordination is very important. Proper execution of strategy is key to winning in these types of environments. Some people also enjoy watching it for the same reasons as chess.

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The same goes for League of Legends. It is a game where you have to keep track of multiple things at any given time. You need to be aware of what the enemy team is doing and what you should be doing when a team battle happens. There is a lot of mental exertion on the brain to perform well in these situations.

The Stigma Remains

Now video games don’t have the best reputation when it comes to the general public. Most view it as a way to pass time when you are bored.

I recently went back to my home country of Singapore, a country that is very big on the “Education first, everything else is second” mentality. I told some of my high school classmates about eSports and how it has grown into a career for some. They couldn’t believe what I was saying, but they were genuinely interested in what it has become.

To give you an idea, I was talking to about 4 doctors, 6 dentists and 2 businessmen. As you can already tell, they are very accomplished individuals. I just happened to be the odd ball that didn’t do the standard things that my parents wished I did. My parents are okay with me being a video game entrepreneur now, as they know I can pay the bills and support them.

Things Change and We Should Embrace It

Anytime something new or different shows up, we tend to be shocked and become resistant to change. But as time goes by, it becomes the norm.

When I was growing up, my favorite past time was to run around in parks and play with other kids outside. Nowadays, the typical entertainment is a computer and other electronic devices like the iPad. It even changes the way we communicate. Instead of a phone call, most teens are using text and cool apps like LINE and WhatsApp as their main form of communication.

The old me would say that things were so much better back then, but, the truth is, I am just looking back to nostalgia and can’t let go of it.

The world is constantly changing – whether good or bad, it evolves. It is up to the individual to also evolve and adapt to what it has become. The quicker one is able to embrace the changes for what it is, the happier he or she becomes.

That is the approach I have now for competitive gaming and all things in life. I also suggest you try this out. Thank me later!

I Am All for Competitive Gaming Showing Up in Olympic Games Someday

I know this sounds outrageous and something so far out of reach. However, I do believe it will be accepted some day. Right now, competitive gaming is still not widely accepted. It will require time for it to become the norm.

With eSports growing fast, it will get there eventually. What are your thoughts on competitive gaming as a sport? Whether you agree with me or not, I would like to hear your opinions!

Author Bio – Kenny is the owner of Online Fanatic and is fond of writing various gaming topics during his spare time. You are welcome to drop by and say hello or talk about gaming and entertainment.

Gaming Couples

It's Dangerous There seems to be a lot of stigma surrounding the ever elusive creature known as the ‘gaming couple.’ I have heard a lot of negative things about gaming couples and very little positive. I also hear a lot of crap directed at one person or the other in the relationship. “Oh she only plays X because he does;” “Oh he plays Y because his girlfriend/wife made him.” I am here to clear up more than a few things about the mysteriousness around it, but one more than anything else.

Everything you’ve heard is utter bullshit.

Lets start off with a bit of background. I’ve ALWAYS been into video games; my husband has ALWAYS been into video games. We have ALWAYS been into Trading Card Games; we have ALWAYS been into board games. He doesn’t force me to play anything and I don’t force him to play anything. Out of respect for our bond, we will totally try something that the other one is into, but that doesn’t mean we are totally into it.

I can’t play any of the Ghost Recon/Call of Duty games for shit. I’ve tried on several occasions. I like them enough but I don’t like the realistic aspect of it (not to mention the fact that I REALLY suck at them). Now, give me Gears of War or Halo and I will beat a bitch’s ass whilst trash talkin’ ‘bout your Mom (a habit I am really trying to break), but I try every game he asks me to. He tries every game I ask him to, also. This doesn’t stop at gaming. I got him into Doctor Who; he got me into Hell’s Kitchen. I got him (kinda) into Anime; he got me (kinda) into sports.

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Can’t we all just game along

 

Get AlongSomething very interesting happened to me the other day and I want to share it with you now. As much as I don’t want to say ‘I hope you see the lesson here,’ I really kind of hope you do.

I play League of Legends.

I started playing League of Legends at the suggestions of some other page Admins and a few fans of the page. I won’t say I’ve never been into PVP (Player Vs Player) because I enjoy it to an extent and sometimes I get very carried away with it. I either stream curse words about the match or I am extremely quiet. If I’m grouped with people I will attempt to help them as best as I can. However that usually comes out as me screaming, ‘There is some F&^K WAD BEHIND YOU.’

I play a healer/support character in LoL (League of Legends). Now don’t give me that ‘girls make the best healers’ crap because, I swear to Sylvanas, I will come to your house and kick you in the nuts so hard that squirrels will cringe for your pain. As I was saying, I play a healer. Why? excellent question. I’ve always played warriors, scrappers; they wade in and beat the crap outta everything until it’s dead. One thing was brought to my attention. A little bit before WoW (World of Warcraft) a friend made a joke calling me Leeroy Jenkins* and I didn’t get it. My husband laughed because he did and I was informed that was an accurate description of my play style. Even after I learned what that name meant, I still did it. I was famous for running out of a battle screaming in Vent (Ventrilo) ‘Oh shit Oh shit Oh shit…..’ cause I was about to be owned. Even better were the times I forgot I was a squishy (easily killed character, i.e cloth wearer). I would be running away from something screaming ‘I am NOT a level 70 Warrior, I am NOT a level 70 Warrior’**. I always waded in, be damned everything else, and tried to take things out. Hell I STILL do it. I really don’t care either.

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