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Whose Fantasy Is It Anyway? What 2015 Can Tell Us About the Insecurity of Geek Culture

As featured on Medium GamerGate. It’s a word many in the gaming journalism world have been timid to write for going on 16 months or so. For those of you lucky enough to have missed it, GamerGate is the heart-wrenching story of some boys…

I’m Dreaming of a Black Star Wars

As featured on Medium Dear younger me, Merry Christmas! You’re what, 10 now? 13? I can’t remember if you’ve just seen the first Star Wars prequel or the second, but I do know the disappointment you feel. You don’t quite know why, but you…

The Force Awakens in all of us, even the “nobodies”

As featured on Medium I’m a Star Wars geek, and I have been for as long as I can remember. One of my earliest memories is of watching Star Wars with my first grade class, writing reports on what it meant to be a…

Fantasy with Friends – Summer 2015 Draft

It’s that time again! My friends are going toe-to-toe in fantasy, and only the best can win! Draft Power Rankings #1 – Photosynthesia Once again, Photosynthesia secured a pretty strong roster, ending up with a pretty similar strategy to my own: Fnatic, Copenhagen Wolves,…

Surprised by racism? You shouldn’t be.

The scene is all-too-familiar; I am united with friends around some game or movie or conversation of ultimately trivial import when a lull creeps in. The energy drops, and everybody leans back, silent and contemplative. After a moment, somebody – invariably white – pinches…

How to Resurrect Tank Junglers

#1 – Tanks vs Bruisers In Season 2, there was a healthy conflict between tanks and bruisers: tanks had inevitable scaling into teamfights regardless of gold levels, while bruisers could secure gank, farm, and objective advantages in the early-mid game. At the risk of…

New Year’s Resolutions – 2015 Edition

2014 was a tumultuous year for me, with some of my lowest lows and most stressful workloads, but also my greatest achievements. Going into 2015, the most important lesson I can learn is not to put too much on my plate, and to choose…

Cloud9 and the Power of Win Conditions

Since their dominant Season 1 run, I have consistently rated Cloud9 as not just a Western team but the top Western team, even when they were down a game to both LMQ and CLG, and many insisted they had lost their magic amidst a growing…

Shake it Off: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Solo Queue

I have one secret to climbing the ladder. Listen to this video. Now that we’ve gotten rid of all of the people too cool to listen to Taylor Swift, what do I mean by that?

Game Developers Say: Stop the Harassment

View the open letter here, and share it with your friends and fellow gamers!

Don’t sensationalize like Gamasutra, freelancer says

To hear Teut Weidemann, the consultant featured in this recent article by Leigh Alexander on Gamasutra, Riot Games is a dynastic game with a stagnant and inefficient model that only works thanks to the size of their game, League of Legends. This conclusion ignores…

The Death of Tank Junglers and How to Fix It

Ever since the buffs to Elder Lizard, we’ve seen almost exclusively carry-style junglers with strong early-game dueling potential, especially those who can gank even across wards. The junglers that have dominated are Evelynn, Elise, Lee Sin, and Kha’Zix. Today, I’ll take a look at…

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