Every year for the past half decade, like clockwork, Valve’s Dota 2 tournament has broken the record for biggest prize pool in e-sports history. Dubbed The International (TI), this competition started off with $1.6 million of Valve’s own money in 2011 before adding a gamer-funded component that accelerated it north of $10 million by 2014, past $20 million last year, and close to $25 million for The International 7 that just concluded. These eight-figure prizes have attracted the eye of mainstream media, and Dota made it to the front page of The New York Times after TI4, but the frisson of popular excitement never seems to last. … [Read more...] about Dota vu: Valve’s world cup of e-sports is having another moment in the spotlight
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Game of Thrones has set the gold standard for interweaving storylines, and many shows in the post-Breaking Bad world employ breakneck plotting to appeal to our binge-watching tendencies. The Walking Dead, on the other hand, has made a habit of hanging entire storylines out to dry for weeks — something that’s particularly frustrating given how much water-treading the show has indulged in during recent seasons. We’d love to evaluate the villain for this episode, but the biggest enemy of “The Damned” is the show’s gimmicky, keep-away plotting — which seems to continually confuse tension with simply pretending certain characters don’t exist. Chalk it up to AMC’s hunger for ratings, which has trapped The Walking Dead into 16-episode seasons its story simply can’t handle. … [Read more...] about The Walking Dead Villain Watch season 8, episode 2: The Damned
AMC’s description for last night’s episode, “Monsters,” is punctuated by the closing line “Morality proves tricky in wartime.” That a TV listing would have to remind viewers that full-blown human conflict leads to ethical murkiness is, on its face, comical. But for a show about living in a zombie apocalypse, the statement is both a reiteration of the show’s overarching theme, and a glimpse at how the writers may handle the messy Negan storyline. This season, Rick and the other groups have Negan on the run, and they’re hunting down every last Savior they can to end the threat once and for all. But that involves making hard choices, beyond just “kill or be killed.” … [Read more...] about The Walking Dead Villain Watch season 8, episode 3: Monsters
At around 8.5 million viewers per episode, The Walking Dead is facing the kind of numbers it hasn’t seen since its second season. Unless some serious changes are made to how it tells its stories, the way it adapts comic book material, and how it handles Negan’s character and the “All Out War” arc, it’s not likely viewers will race to watch the show every week. This could simply be the new normal, with AMC content to see these numbers decline given that The Walking Dead is still a hugely successful show despite the drop-off. At this point, it’s doubtful any mid-season payoff would be able to lure those lost viewers back for another eight-episode stretch, anyway. … [Read more...] about The Walking Dead Villain Watch season 8, episode 7: Time for After
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