Re: Free to Play

Valve, the company behind Steam and many extremely popular game franchises like Portal, Left 4 Dead, and Half-Life, created a documentary about the biggest esports tournament that had ever taken place before 2011. They both sponsored the tournament and created the game that was played: Defense of the Ancients 2 (or Dota 2).

The film was originally planned to be a simple documentary about the first tournament of its scale for the game, which was still in development at the time. After delving into three particular players’ backstories, however, the documentary makers and Valve decided to create a feature-length film that was released in March of 2014 and captured the essence of the growing space of esports.

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November’s Top 10 Podcast Episodes

Back again for another month of podcast recommendations and personal favorites! I listen to a lot throughout the month, collecting the most interesting, funny, informative, or unusual to share in this post!

Without further ado, here are my top 10 podcast episodes for November of 2014!

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Re: Twelve Tones by Vi Hart

Vi Hart is amazing. She’s a fantastic YouTuber who posts videos playing with or introducing science or math concepts while often drawing with Sharpies in a notebook. She’s creative, intelligent, and great at communicating complex ideas. A lot of what she draws or writes is clever and cute, too. (If you need more incentive!)

The video above is one that sat on my “watch later” list for about a year. I knew since it was Vi Hart that I’d love it, but I just never clicked on it to understand what the title meant and what the video was about. It’s unfortunate I waited so long, because it’s an amazing stream-of-consciousness exploration of creativity, randomness, music, math, and, of course, copyright law! It’s dense with great ideas and visuals that whiz by in favor of the next in this half-hour work.

I had so many thoughts while watching that I had to turn what is normally a simple share on social media to a full-blown blog post. Needless to say, I highly recommend it. Sit down with a drink and have your mind engaged and entertained.

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Return to Myst

This Thanksgiving weekend, during the Steam Sale, I decided to scratch an itch. It was time to refresh my mind and clear off one of the many years-old entries on my wishlist. I carry old and new games alike on that list, waiting for my enthusiasm for them, and my available time, to exceed the price.

Exceed it did when I recognized I’d waited long enough to revisit Myst. The realMyst: Masterpiece Edition, to be specific, which is the second remake of the classic 1993 computer game Myst.(1)Note that all screenshots are from the newer version.

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1. Note that all screenshots are from the newer version.

October’s Top 10 Podcast Episodes

I talk about podcasts I hear to my friends just about every day, sharing the news stories, jokes, insight, or entertainment they provide. Now I’ve decided to collect them over the month to not only keep a record of what was great through the weeks but to also let folks who haven’t tried listening get some encouragement through these hand-picked selections of varying length and subject matter. Of course it’s all my opinion, but if we’re at all similar, I hope you enjoy any you listen to. Let me know!

Here’s my personal top 10 podcast episodes for October of 2014!

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