Harry Potter fans never wanted Harry Potter to end. Even in the mid-2000s, when a book or movie release was always on the horizon, fans spent the downtime generating their own material. The time between the release of J.K. Rowling’s Deathly Hallows and the final films was a fan-generated Potter content renaissance: FanFiction.net and LiveJournal exploded with fic, college students composed three whole musicals centered around Harry Potter, and even a couple of puppets achieved viral fame. The creators behind these heralded pieces of Pottermania weren’t just big fans; they were also immensely talented. Potter was just a launch pad. Fan-created Potter content never went away, but today, the passion for those creations rarely reaches the fervor of the 2000s. Many fans who grew up in the Potter fandom became more critical of the books and the expanded universe that has grown to surround them. The validity of the theatrical sequel, The Cursed Child, has been questioned by fans, … [Read more...] about Where the stars of Harry Potter’s fan-generated golden age are today
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THE dust has settled, and the victor is left standing alone. In this case, it's got a samurai sword in one hand, a bow on its back and a PSVR headset on. Flanking the opposition from both sides with The Last of Us Part 2 and Ghosts of Tsushima and a stampede down the middle of everything from Death Stranding to Tetris Effect and Spider-Man, no-one else really stood a chance against the Sony behemoth. Death Stranding's E3 trailer is bloody, baffling and beautiful The only downside for Sony, really, was the furore of them throwing their weight around to block crossplay for any Fortnite player who had ever played on PS4. This may seem like a minor issue, but the problem and Sony's reaction to it show a big beast abusing its market dominance to the detriment of their customers. The Japanese giant may--correctly--think that this sort of behaviour will shore up its dominance this generation, but is exactly the sort of behaviour that let the Xbox 360 dominate the PS3. Back to the good stuff, … [Read more...] about Sorry, Xbox One fans – Sony won E3 hands down
During Bungie’s livestream for Destiny 2‘s forthcoming Forsaken DLC, the studio released a ViDoc showcasing all that’s coming to the science fiction shooter through the expansion, saying that the add-on has been inspired by certain “western” themes. With this being the case, many have been wondering whether or not the expansion’s design style is an indication of the video game developer using the Forsaken DLC as a means to reintroduce the fan-favorite Exotic Hand Cannon known as The Last Word. Adding to this speculation, a recent claim by the Redditor dubbed “Sharkisyodaddy” infers that The Last Word’s “Fan Fire” perk has been added to the Destiny 2 database. What’s more is that the weapon’s inclusion has potentially been corroborated by a couple of images shared by the Twitter user named “bakenGangsta” showing one of the gun’s primary perks along with a description. These can be found below … [Read more...] about Destiny 2: Fan Favorite Exotic Hand Cannon Returning?
Gus Ramsey acknowledges the term but no, he doesn’t really like it: “Shoutcasting.” It seems to capture the virtue and the unvarnished nature of esports commentary. Tons of enthusiasm — and that’s great — but the viewers who already have familiarity with the video game on the livestream understand the action, where newcomers often get lost. “I wouldn’t say that they have stop to doing that,” Ramsey, a 21-year veteran of ESPN, says of the high-energy calls for which esports are known, “but I would show the limitations that it provides to both broadcaster and viewer.” Ramsey is the program director for Full Sail University’s Dan Patrick School of Sportscasting, which opened earlier this year. Its namesake is well known to sports fans as the host of NBC’s Football Night in America NFL broadcast; he also leads a three-hour sports radio show each weekday, and was a studio anchor at ESPN during what many consider … [Read more...] about A big name in sports TV seeks to make esports broadcasters more polished
Every sports league is always trying to draw in younger fans, but Major League Soccer might be banking on them more than any other. In the American and Canadian sports worlds, soccer is still on the outside looking in — people tend to think of the “big four” pro sports leagues (NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL) before MLS. But soccer is becoming increasingly popular here, especially with young people. It turns out that there’s a ton of crossover between MLS fans and people who play video games, which the league is now capitalizing on by creating its own esports organization. Known as eMLS, the esports league grew out of MLS’ existing partnership with Electronic Arts for the publisher’s massively popular FIFA series of soccer video games. It’s a sign of how important gaming is to MLS — which is to say, if it matters to the league’s fans, then it matters to the league. “It’s really based on the connection with the fan base,” said … [Read more...] about How MLS is using FIFA 18 esports to reach the next generation of soccer fans