Video Games: More Important Than Music In Youth Culture

Via The Guardian, commentary on how video games have replaced music as the most important aspect of youth culture: It would be incorrect to say video games went mainstream in 2020. They’ve been mainstream for decades. But their place in pop culture feels far more central – to gamers and non-gamers alike – than ever […]

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Video Games Are Becoming Spectator Sports

Via The Economist, an article on how video games are becoming spectator sports: Video game sales soared in 2020 as people sought ways to cope with being confined at home. But even when they are allowed to go outside again, will they want to? The launch in November of the Play­Station 5 and the Xbox […]

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The Pandemic Has Accelerated The Growth of e-Sports

Via The Economist, an article on how the pandemic has accelerated the growth of e-sports: Motor racing as a long and chequered history of cheating, from illegal designs to the use of nitrous oxide to give cars a boost. On May 23rd, however, a new type emerged when a Formula e driver, Daniel Abt, was disqualified for […]

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How Online Games Are Becoming A New Arena for Live Music

Courtesy of The Financial Times, a report on how online games are becoming a new arena for live music: Opposite the beach resort of Sweaty Sands in the online shooter Fortnite, a mysterious black stage appeared on the water. The frenetic combat continued all around, bullets whizzing past the strange new monuments peppering the hills: […]

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Fortnite: Game Today, Metaverse Tomorrow?

Via The Washington Post, a report on how Silicon Valley is racing to build the next version of the Internet, but Fortnite might get there first: The next version of the Internet is often described as the Metaverse, a term borne from science fiction, describing a shared, virtual space that’s persistently online and active, even without […]

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NASCAR’s Esports: A Technology Platform At Its Core

Via Sport Techie, a report on NASCAR’s eSports platform: During these uncertain times of the COVID-19 pandemic, racing leagues such as NASCAR and Formula 1 are well positioned to keep competition flowing—at least in the digital realm. Formula 1 hosted a virtual version of the Australian Grand Prix that saw McLaren driver Lando Norris blow […]

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