Father Home Schools Son So He Can Focus on E-Sports Career (Opinion)

If you want to read the original article in its entirety, I saw it in The Gamer and decided to talk about it. I even used their photo so I could give them full credit. They did all the work on this one, I am just stating my opinion on this.

The short version for the people that don’t want to read the full article, his son wants to be an E-Sports player, dad is letting him go to school online at home so he can focus on his gaming career. Are we all caught up on the general idea? Here we go.

I actually have no issue with this, with a small exception. As long as his education comes first and he learns everything that goes along with the business aspect of it. You know, marketing, managing money, etc.  The reason I am ok with it? We live in a world where child actors do this constantly or athletes are trained from a young age, such as many hockey players leave for boarding schools that essentially do the same thing. Kids go to school some of the day and focus on hockey for the rest of the day. So why are we going to attack this father for doing the same thing for his son?

There is a right and a wrong way to do this obviously. If he is going to let him focus on all aspects of the career, I have no issue with this. But that is what is important. There is more to E-Sports and a career as a professional gamer than just playing video games. There is marketing yourself, there is public speaking social media awareness and such. We live in a world where what you do while not working is as important as while you are working. And I truly hope that is part of what he learns. Best wishes and may the gaming gods bring you glory.

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Anima (2019 short film)

I am going to make this pretty short and sweet. Anima is a short film that lasts about 15 minutes and I refuse to make you guys read a review that lasts longer than it would take you guys to hop on Netflix and watch it.

Anima is directed by Paul Thomas Anderson and stars Thom York (Radiohead) and Dajana Rocione. The whole thing is getting amazing reviews, 100% on Rotten Tomatoes as of this writing and 8/10 on IMDb.

There are 2 ways to view this. From a technical standpoint, it is amazingly done. The music is fitting, the dancing is well done and the imagery is fantastic. On the flip side, if you don’t like stuff like that, the movie is boring as hell. That is really all you have to ask yourself. If you like musicals and interpretive dance and or very artsy stuff., you will really enjoy this movie. If not, you probably won’t. That being said, it is only 15 minutes. Best wishes and may the gaming gods bring you glory.

G2A Statement On Recent Events

Some of you may remember my recent article Some Devs Say to Pirate Games Instead of Buying From G2A in which I talked about certain game devs saying they would rather you pirate their games as opposed to buying them from G2A. Over the course of the last few days, G2A has reached out to me (Seriously, I think they may have been googling themselves. No clue why they know who I am) and asked me to share their statement on things. It would be truly dishonest if I didn’t share their side of things, so I will include a link to their full statement as well as some of the highlights that were more interesting to me.

First here is the link to their Statement. It is pretty long and broken up into three parts.

1. The offer for developers
2. A short summary in the form of TL;DR
3. The article presenting in detail what G2A is, how it works, and how it responds to developers’ needs.

They are offering 10 times the money back on chargebacks they lost money on, provided they can prove such a thing happened. The following is copy and pasted directly from their statement.

 

“To assure honesty and transparency, we will ask a reputable and independent auditing company to make an unbiased examination of both sides – the developer’s store and G2A Marketplace. The cost of the first three audits is on us, every next one will be split 50/50. 

The auditing company will check if any game keys sold on G2A were obtained using stolen credit cards on a developer’s store compliant with card scheme rules from Visa and Master Card/payment provider rules. If so, G2A guarantees it’ll pay all the money the developer lost on chargebacks… multiplied by 10.  

We want this process to be transparent, so we will publicly report every step of the procedure. Meaning, you will get information such as who came forward, and what the verdict was, all of which will be published for everyone to see.”

This all seems pretty nice, but it also seems like a lot of work on the part of everyone involved, but the 10 times the money back seems fair if it works out that way. They also say in their statement that they do have a way for devs to report suspected illegal keys that can be used to get them off the market and that they are happy to have an honest discussion, as long as it is an open and honest discussion, not just catchy slogans and accusations which also seems fair enough to me.

They also go quite in-depth with how their company works, and I encourage you all to go and read that. It is quite interesting and since I have never used their service I really had no idea how it worked. They also explain how their fraud department works video included, which I will also include.

 

They also end by explaining a lot of this started due to an unskippable as on google. They say that had to be an error on the client’s side because there is no way to do this with the default options for Google, and having used Google ads myself I can confirm, at least in my experience, this is true. I have never had any option that said hey make this unskippable. If bigger companies get different options I clearly have no way of knowing, I, however, did not. I will leave you with their closing statement copy and pasted from their statement, best wishes and may the gaming gods bring you glory.

“Although this is already a huge wall of text, we know we didn’t address everything, and we can expect comments such as “yeah, but they didn’t say anything about…they’re surely hiding something!” That’s why we’ll keep answering any questions by expanding this article.

PS: The first tweet was about an allegedly un-skippable automated G2A ad on Google. This was obviously an error on the client’s side, but we have already informed our friends at Google about it. There is no way that it was caused by G2A simply because that is impossible. Nobody can impact the way that Google Ads work on default and there is no setting to make ads un-skippable.”

Happy Independence Day

To my United States readers, Happy Independence day!! To my British readers, sorry but you guys losing that war and women’s soccer thing. Seriously tho for my not American readers many of you don’t know how we celebrate this holiday, but may know the stereotype. We have a cookout, eat massive amounts of food, and the adults get drunk while the kids play. After that, we tell the kids how dangerous fireworks are while drunk adults set off small explosives and spark-filled objects. What actually happens is we have a cookout, eat massive amounts of food, and the adults get drunk while the kids play. After that, we tell the kids how dangerous fireworks are while drunk adults set off small explosives and spark-filled objects.

Ok so it isn’t really a stereotype if it is 100% true, but that is mostly what happens. I honestly do not even know why we do it. That being said, a lot of people will get hurt today as you may expect so please, be careful, don’t drink and drive, and have a sober person play with the fireworks. Best wishes and may the gaming gods watch over you.

Some Devs Say to Pirate Games Instead of Buying From G2A

Normally gaming developers would refer you don’t steal from them and buy their games. It is this weird thing they like called making money. PCGamer however reports that many game devs, such as Rami Ismail and Ragesquid are outright telling people that if they can’t buy the game at full price, instead of buying from a key reseller just pirate the game.

See the issue is they spend a lot of time and money to investigate fake keys and other such issues, and it cost them more than you stealing the game would in the first place. Obviously you should always buy your games so these people make the money they deserve, but I understand where they are coming from. If they aren’t going to make money anyway, why should they lose more money when they have to investigate these things. So best wishes, and may the gaming gods bring you glory.

Endgame Re-release Needs Less Than $39 Million to Beat Avatar

With each passing day Endgame makes less and less money and the dream of beating Avatar slips further and further away, sort of. On June 28th a new version of Avengers Endgame will release with extra footage in hopes of making that extra money to topple the giant that is Avatar, the leading movie in film history when it comes to making bank.

Kevin Feige was pretty clear to say tho, this is NOT an extended cut. If you stick around after the movie there will be a deleted scene, some surprises and a small tribute. Admittedly this was probably the plan from the beginning, but hey I guess whatever gets the ball across the goal line right? Best wishes and may the gaming gods bring you glory.

When There is no Time to game, and Nothing to Play Anyway

Anyone else just like that picture? I honestly am not even sure its relevant, it just looked cool. Anyway, how many of you have ever run out of stuff to play? Not in the sense you have finished every game you own, we all have that back catalog of games we will never actually get through. I own hundreds of games across multiple platforms. I could play games for my entire life and never finish them all I think, tho that is probably a gross exaggeration. The answer is all of us, it is how we got that back catalog in the first place,

Recently I have had a new issue. I simply haven’t had time to play. I haven’t gotten to sit down and actually play games really for about a month now, as I am sure many of you have noticed, and when I have I noticed I have nothing I want to play. The normal discourse of figuring out what to play next has been replaced with trying to figure out what to play at all. It is almost like reverse gaming ADD where instead of bouncing from game to game I simply never start one. I will stare at my PS4 or laptop for the little bit of time I can play then just never start anything. So the real question is, how do you all combat this? I honestly have no answer, clearly. It is all just rather odd as I have never experienced both of these things at once. Any advice obviously would be appreciated, also game recommendations would be great. Best wishes and may the gaming gods bring you glory.