Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Riot's Game Changers Series Is Phenomenal

Last week, Series 1 of Valorant's Game Changers program- an esports program with a focus on women and marginalized genders- hosted what had to have been my favorite esports tournament to date. It had everything I love about competitive gaming: My favorite org bringing home the W, casters making great calls the entire weekend and most importantly, plays that make you jump out of your chair. Best of all, it was an all-women series, with teams of women competing and even a women-led production team. It all adds up to the esports experience I've been begging for since I first watched the season three world finals for League of Legends in 2013.

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

I Just Want To Play Video Games, Damn It

I hate the fact that playing online video games isn't as simple as just playing the game. It both is and isn't, really; I can play Final Fantasy XIV without worrying about people suddenly being misogynistic or transphobic. That welcoming environment lead directly to me sticking with the game when I was just starting out, and now I'm at well over 1000 hours. The fact that I can play well in the highest tier of content without people being assholes specifically because I'm a girl is wonderful, and it feeds back into making me want to play more. I can't say that about Valorant.

Thursday, December 31, 2020

Natalie's Top Ten Games of the Disaster Year(or, 2020)

Courtesy: MiHoYo

If you're reading this, congratulations, you did it! You were socially distant and washed your hands. You got out and voted for someone who will disappoint us marginally less than the one who came before. You protested the, frankly, innumerable human rights violations that disproportionally affected black people. And for your efforts, you've been rewarded with an entire year's worth of killer video games! Here's to you, kid(or adult, more likely); here are the best experiences that I personally played this year. This is my list and these are the games I liked the most, and if you don't like it, I don't care! Go complain to someone else. 

Monday, November 9, 2020

In Defense of Seraphine, The Champion That Saved League of Legends For Me

Image: Riot Games

To be honest, I didn't realize how much I loved her until I talked it out with someone else I love.