By Spencer Cecchini - Dec. 7th, 2013
Director of Esports at Riot Studios, Whalen “RiotMagus” Rozelle confirmed last Wednesday pro players entering League of Legends’ 4th season of the League Championship Series would be placed with a restriction of what games they could not stream or advertise. The list includes most other popular esport games like Dota 2, World or Tanks, and a weird turn at any modern Blizzard game. The move comes from Riot trying to push esports into the common talk. If a football player signs a contract with a team, there’s almost a stipulation in their contract saying they can’t play anything else less the OK is given by the front office. That player is there to support their team and not AA baseball team down the street. Riot is mimicking that mentality.
I’m actually in near full agreement with this. I think it’s a bit over the top as some of the games included in the restriction list are either all-and-all dead (I still miss you, Fat Princess) or have zero scene at this time to support an esport rise. But Riot’s paid large sums of money to get League of Legends where it is today and they’re trying to protect that investment like any other league would do. They’ll never have to explain to their fans why a player couldn’t make a match due to another commitment. Riot’s happy if the fans are happy, the players are getting paid, and the sponsors are getting required exposure. No one should be complaining here. Every contract has restrictions. If you don’t like the terms, renegotiate or don’t sign it if you feel that strong about it. I’d suck it up and take the lime light. You’re not allowed to make that sweet, Twitch ad revenue from other games. Oh no. Looks like you’re stuck with your 2,000+ viewers a night watching you push a lane over crappy, house music. How terrible.
>yfw you’ll never have a gaming girl that will play games with you and cuddle afterwards
These are words from the realists on the internet that know they’ll never be with the gender swapped version of themselves. It’s an unrealistic expectation but what’s more comfortable than hanging out with yourself. Sharing the same traits and hobbies is always a plus when your across from someone. It makes conversation and activities flow and easier to manage. There’s no fear of failure or judgement from others. But I always liked the opposite of me. I’m a person who will talk a room, be a man about town, but will enjoy the solitude of a day wrapped in a blanket playing a new game. So when I met my current girlfriend over a year ago, I had no issue that she wasn’t huge into video games. She’s dabbled here and there, had a PS1 when she was younger, but would never stand out in the pouring rain three days straight for a WiiU2. I never expected that out of her either, but she’s now three times the gamer she was since I met her. I never forced her to be. She willingly and contently chose to be.
The biggest problem I always see with couples is one tries to force the other into doing something they like but the other’s just isn’t that into. It will work for a bit with some facade but the ordeal usually ends in fallout. While I’m the first to admit that gaming has put a pinch on a few relationship situations, I can never recall I twisted the arm of someone I was courting to like what I liked. I never forced someone to pose for my paintings. I never dragged a girl to a Red Sox game against their will. I may have made a girl or two sit through a English Premier League soccer match but I had the TV first and the hell are you watching at 7:30am that so important? And I never dumped on a girl for not sitting down beside me and having at it in a game of Super Smash Bros. I’ve put a controller in front of a girl but, if they refused, I just shrugged it off with a smile talking about how their day went. There’s so many other things you can have in common to focus on the one thing you don’t. Your hobby is your hobby and it doesn’t have to be theirs.
My girlfriend and I have great chemistry. We have a lot in common and what we differ in keeps us dynamic. We’re both tech savvy, have a passion for “nerdy” subjects, fashion forward, health is important but cheesy fries at 1am aren’t frowned on. At the same time we have different picks on television mainly where I don’t watch as much as her, home decor choice, color selection (my sweatshirt is green, hun), and don’t see eye to eye on everything. But we make an effort to blend our styles and get into, or at least support, the other’s pursuits. So when I set out to make this website work, she smiled and told me to get it done. After that, she went above and beyond in my eyes.
Over this year I’ve seen her evolve into her own kind of gamer chic. She put up with my random gaming trivia for so long she can actually answer some of my pop quizzes. She built her own PC gaming rig and now knows the glories and tribulations of Steam sales mainly having to deal with a backlog. She willingly co-streams on the VSR Twitch page and gives great commentary. And now she bought a 3DS on Black Friday so she could play Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon and plans on getting Poke’mon Y because I have Poke’mon X. Once she gets it, she claims after a few days in the gauntlet will be thrown down. I feel like I’m going to be sleeping on the couch a lot if we move in with each other.
The point is I never forced her to do any of this. She did all of that and more on her own because she wanted to get close to me. She never “learned” to love it at the same time. She derived joy because it got us closer together and, oh yeah, she got to play fun, video games. Now she doesn’t have a large, outward obsession like I do but I still try to be apart of what she likes. American Horror Story? Not my bag. Harry Potter? Sure, we can go to Universal Studios for vacation to drink butter beer.
There’s no forcing involved. If you want to find that girl that’s a natural, game playing catch, go out and search, romantic. But If you find someone you like and isn’t the gaming type, don’t worry about it. Without a hard push they’ll come around or at least accept you for who you are and what you’re passionate about. At least they’ll be savvy to know you can’t pause during a multiplayer match. “Babe, I can’t talk right now. I’m being man handled by a zombie with chainsaw hands.” “OK, call me back when you’re done. Love you.” “Love you more.” You can proceed to throw up now.
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If you can’t tell by the image, color me not impressed. Amazon has posted their Cyber Monday lightning deals that will go for periods of time on their sites. Highlights include:
All others are offerings can be found here.
Most of the games are unimaginative squeals and/or people got zeitgeisted into buying already. It’s ore like a catch up sale if anything. That and it kind of speaks to the lack of content this year’s end. Time to catch up on that backlog!
"Guys. Guys, I got it. We’ll team up with all these American retailers to give away Playstation Plus on Black Friday at, guess this, 30 bucks! It’ll be great! I can’t see anything wrong out of this." - Famous last words from a Sony marketer
Sony has taken down it’s voucher redemption for now for unannounced reasons but more than likely stemming from heavy traffic of new content trying to be accessed all at once. This means those with codes for games, downloadable content, money vouchers, and codes for PS+ will have to wait on them. All other online based services are not effected. All of this coming right after the EU launch of the PS4 and the consumer heavy Black Friday in the states has some unhappy gamers huffing and stamping their feet over the internet. Sony has said after the flurry of both events dies down, the feature will return.
I don’t know what they’re thinking though as this is a light switch problem. You turn it back on and everyone will just jam it all back in at once. Same problem, different time, but hopefully more prepared.