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The Wasted Potential of Arena Shooters for Views on Twitch

Quake. Unreal Tournament. Return to Castle Wolfenstein. Half-Life Multiplayer. These were with biggest blockbuster multiplayer titles of the mid-90s to the earliest of the 2000s. These games brought life to the world of online gaming and lead the introduction of first-person shooters to a new breed of video gamers, succeeding after those who have been in the platforming era of video games, such as Super Mario Bros, Legend of Zelda, Metroid, Sonic the Hedgehog and Crash Bandicoot.

They were called Arena Shooters—fast-paced kill-based fight-to-the-death games. These rewarded you for having fast reflexes, keen eyesight, and map + weapon knowledge. They laid bare for Electronic Sports League (ESL) back in 2000 and simply gave the best of the best their own bragging rights. Cooperation didn’t matter much and strategic thinking was secondary. It was mostly just about who-shoots-first. That alone may sound very simple but extremely addictive to watch. I even remember the days back in 2001 when G4TV aired competitions between local teams in the game Quake III Arena. Continue reading “The Wasted Potential of Arena Shooters for Views on Twitch”

Whatever Happened to Fortnite: Save the World?

Fortnite. Fortnite. Fortnite. Everyone is all about the Fortnite hype for the last 5 months every since Epic Games transitioned to battle royale from their original plan, Fortnite: Save The World – a 4-player co-op PvE that implements the survival-builder elements like Minecraft and Rust, with the horde mode that comes in waves, which we have seen in similar games such as Gears of War and Call of Duty Zombies. Continue reading “Whatever Happened to Fortnite: Save the World?”

Why League of Legends Isn’t Going Anywhere Low on Twitch

League of Legends. Perhaps it is the biggest multiplayer game on PC for a very long time now since its rise in popularity in 2009. Taken from the concept of a Warcraft mod which included playing a single hero with a particular set of skills to fight an opposing team in a 5v5 defense tower survival multiplayer game, Defense of the Ancients, League of Legends is the reigning multiplayer game with the highest player count of over 100 million active players per month and a constant activity of around 7.5 million to 27 million players each day. Continue reading “Why League of Legends Isn’t Going Anywhere Low on Twitch”

Counter-Strike: GOing at it 18 Years Strong

“Terrorists win.”

“Counter-Terrorists win.”

“Go go go!”

“Fire in the hole!”

“The hostage has been rescued.”

“The bomb has been planted.”

“The bomb has been defused.”

“3, 1”

“4, 2”

“Rush B”

“Bridge.”

“De_dust”

“Office”

To many, this may sound like a bunch of gibberish. But in the world of online gaming, these are the lingos that came from one of multiplayer’s greatest games. Continue reading “Counter-Strike: GOing at it 18 Years Strong”

League of Legends returns to Top Ranks on Twitch

Today, as I went to open up my Twitch app, I was thinking, “Oh great, I’m pretty sure everyone is playing Fortnite again,” while being groggy to see my friends’ messages asking me if I want to play the battle royale game with them. As the Twitch program popped up, to my surprise, League of Legends is back on the 1st block for Top Games. Jinx’s face never looked so appropriate for this scenario. I was thinking, “It’s either some old League player came back to the game for a long time or there’s an eSport event happening right now,” and alas, it was not just one, but two eSports events: LCK (League Championship Korea and LJL (League of Legends Japan League). Continue reading “League of Legends returns to Top Ranks on Twitch”

Dr. DisRespect Disses Tyler1 and calls PUBG a Dying Game

February has been a great month of comebacks for Twitch streamers, mainly with Guy “Dr. DisRespect” Beahms and Tyler “Tyler1” Steinkamp, who both have amassed a huge viewership with over 380,000 people watching for a single live stream—a number that is almost impossible to be reached, especially when it is from a solo streamer and not an eSports event. Dr. DisRespect has always been known to be a bad-ass protagonist (and antagonist at the same time) in the Twitch community. Continue reading “Dr. DisRespect Disses Tyler1 and calls PUBG a Dying Game”

Logan Paul Gets a Taste of the Twitch Community’s Wrath

“HEY WHAT’S UP LOGANG?!” shouted the man himself who hosted a Twitch channel named LoganPaulWasTaken. On April 8, 2018, the controversial Logan Paul live streamed the second time around after the week before it. The enthusiastic 23-year old could not wait for a session of gaming’s biggest active community, Fortnite. Continue reading “Logan Paul Gets a Taste of the Twitch Community’s Wrath”

The Newest Free-To-Play Battle Royale Game from the Team Behind LawBreakers

And the next highly anticipated game of this season is… well, another battle royale game. Yes yes, the battle royale genre is honestly getting a bit too out of hand now lately with numerous upcoming titles under the same mechanics but with different skins and themes. This time, it’s coming from Boss Key Productions. Ring a bell? Well, if it’s not, just know that they were the team who made the class-based FPS multiplayer, LawBreakers — courtesy of no other than Mr. Cliff “CliffyB” Bleszinki. Continue reading “The Newest Free-To-Play Battle Royale Game from the Team Behind LawBreakers”