Over lunch at a quiet, fancy Hawaiian joint in downtown San Francisco, I find myself struggling to interview Greg Miller. The trouble with Miller is not that he’s rude or evasive, like some midtier celebrities. In fact, he’s quite the opposite. He’s garrulous, friendly, funny and open with me. The problem is, he’s this way with just about everyone. Miller is the central figure for Kinda Funny, a cluster of YouTube videos, podcasts, live events and communities loosely centered around games and geek culture. He shares the Kinda Funny desk with a handful of other personalities ― including Nick Scarpino and Tim Gettys ― but there’s never any doubt that he’s the main attraction. He has more than 1.3 million followers on Twitter. Thousands of fans pay into Kinda Funny’s two Patreons every month, one dedicated to games, the other to broader culture and entertainment. Hundreds are willing to travel great distances to meet the man, and to … [Read more...] about The Greg Miller story
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In the clay-colored buildings of Arizona State's Sun Devil Fitness Center, in the middle of a vast, sweltering desert that holds the campus close to its bosom, in a sea of ellipticals, barbells, pilates classes, and a stream of tank-topped, snapbacked meatheads scanning their student IDs at the door, Ronald Ly makes his stand. Ly is captain of the University of Toronto Overwatch team, representing one of the four schools who carved their way through the qualifying bracket to serve as the inaugural debutantes for the Overwatch Collegiate National Championship—the first ever esports event to happen under the Fiesta Bowl brand. The university fitness center's basketball court has been outfitted with two dozen rows of plastic chairs and a massive screen projecting the chaos of a control point match to a sizable gathering of fans, executives, and cosplayers. With a little bit of luck on Ly's side, this will be the beginning, not the end. "In my original career path I wanted to … [Read more...] about At the Overwatch Collegiate Championship young players dream of making big money as pros
It’s the best time ever to be playing video games. 2017 may have been a difficult year in a number of ways, but it was triumph for game design. Some of the best games of this generation (arguably of all time) made their debut last year, and players were spoiled with more diversity across more platforms than any other time in history. But all that top-heavy excellence means that there are titles that didn’t get the time in the spotlight they deserve, and who better to pluck them from obscurity than other game developers? I reached out to devs in a number of different roles across the industry and asked them what overlooked games from 2017 they’d most like to highlight, and was rewarded with an excellent, diverse list of hidden gems. A modern evolution of the text adventure, Bithell Games' Subsurface Circular is one of a vanguard of games that revitalized neglected genres in 2017. “It’s been a great year for short narrative games, surprisingly … [Read more...] about Devs answer: What were the most overlooked games of 2017?
This week, we’re running a big list of what we — and a group of trusted friends — recently voted as the 500 best video games of all time. For the backstory, criteria, explanation of why Breath of the Wild isn’t on the list, etc., head to the beginning here: The 500 best games of all time. For numbers 300-201, scroll down. 300. Microsoft Flight Simulator (1982, PC) Though technically not the first flight simulator, Microsoft Flight Simulator revolutionized the simulation genre with how many real world variables it threw at players. The changing weather, time of day, new coordinate systems and a new engine were seen as so realistic at the time, the game's advertising claimed if it were any more lifelike "you'd need a license." 299. The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds (2013, Nintendo 3DS) The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds is one of the best classic Zelda games in the series. Building upon the series' dungeon design and overall presentation, A … [Read more...] about The 500 best games of all time: 300-201
The story of Riot Games is a list of things that shouldn’t have been possible. It’s the tale of an extremely difficult, user-unfriendly game reaching untold heights of success. It’s the story of a company that has remained committed to listening to and interacting with its fans even as it at has grown exponentially. More than anything, it’s the story of two best friends who liked playing video games and decided one day to make their own. Riot is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, but to really know how one of the world’s biggest development studios got started, you need to go back to Los Angeles in the early aughts. You need to find two University of Southern California business students who formed a bond unrelated to their studies. When Marc Merrill and Brandon Beck first met at USC, they were taking classes that led them to careers at banks and investment firms. But that wasn’t what they bonded over. For them, their real passion was video … [Read more...] about The past, present and future of League of Legends studio Riot Games