In Defense of Button Mashing

The first time I played Tekken 3, I was hilariously bad. I was used to 2D fighting games, where the buttons corresponded with attack strength, and tapping 'Up' meant 'Jump.' This new, 3D genre, where each button corresponded with an attacking limb and tapping 'Up' meant 'Sidestep' (pressing 'Up' still meant 'Jump'),… » 10/23/14 1:18pm 10/23/14 1:18pm

Why The Dota 2 International Finals Were A Blowout

Monday's grand final match in the $10 million Dota 2 tournament, The International 4, was so lop-sided—so shocking—that forum conspiracy theorists briefly postulated that the contest must have been rigged. No way, of course. I can explain what happened: why one team was able to crush the other so convincingly and why… » 7/24/14 5:27pm 7/24/14 5:27pm

Your Guide To Evo 2014, The Year's Biggest Fighting Game Tournament

We're coming up on Evo, the biggest fighting game tournament in America. It will run Friday to Sunday from Las Vegas and be streamed online for the world to see. It'll be the biggest Evo yet. But maybe you aren't prepared—there are eight completely different games at this one event, after all, and what makes them… » 7/10/14 5:41pm 7/10/14 5:41pm

Fired Community Manager Says He Was A Victim Of 'Outrage Culture'

"There's a lot of—for a lack of better words—politics in the games industry," the voice on the other end of my Skype call started. Pausing for several seconds before continuing, he elaborated, "This game of politics is influenced by outside forces and, in this case, the outside force was this outrage culture that's… » 6/04/14 3:28pm 6/04/14 3:28pm