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Untimely End or New Beginning: Microsoft Buys Mojang

Posted by Greg Rozen

Sep 17, 2014 8:00:00 AM

Well, it's officially happening. In what could be a seismic shift in the world of video games, gaming video, and YouTube, Microsoft has made a move to purchase Minecraft creator Mojang to the tune of $2.5 billion, with original creator Notch, along with other original founders, stepping away. Rumors of the massive deal started trickling out last week, with official word announced Monday. The internet was soon abuzz, accounting for the top three trends on twitter and eliciting a torrent of news pieces from every business and game outlet on the web.

The first question on a lot of people's minds, mostly those who haven't had the chance to bury themselves in hundreds of hours of voxel-based fun, seemed to be "why?" Sure, pretty much everyone has heard of Minecraft, particularly anyone with children, but that price tag is astronomical, and a lot of the more business-minded analysts wonder how the property has so much value.

Thing is, it's not just a video game. Sure, Minecraft is about as ubiquitous these days as solitaire-- it's on practically every potential platform, from Linux OS to cellphones-- and there's already a built in player-base of over 50 million users, but Minecraft's value extends far beyond the twenty bucks people drop here and there for their right to play.

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Topics: Opinion

ESPN vs. eSports: Some Still "Just Don't Get It"

Posted by Greg Rozen

Sep 10, 2014 8:00:00 AM

It's July in Seattle, and people are packing themselves into KeyArena. Times past, this wouldn't be unusual for the over-half-century-old coliseum. But the former Seattle Supersonics have moved on, changing their name and planting their brand-new blue flag in the dirt of Oklahoma, and these days the occasional rock-concert fills the place up a hell of a lot more readily than any of its regular tenants, like the University of Seattle basketball team, or the Rat City Rollergirls.

But on this day, in the middle of the summer, 2014, the house is packed, and the energy in the air is electric. There is no concert. No touring musical or minor-league match up. No, on this day, thousands have crowded in to join the millions streaming online to watch "The International." They're there to watch video games.

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Topics: Opinion

Do Big Dollar Deals Threaten to Change Web Video?

Posted by Greg Rozen

Sep 3, 2014 8:00:00 AM

 

Gaming video and its community of content creators are taking over the world. With the recent news that Amazon is purchasing Twitch for just under a billion dollars, the business world seems to be taking notice of this massive and still growing sector of the internet, wondering aloud not just why it's so popular in the first place (Old people. Am I right?), but how to turn it into the big money-maker of the future. That puts the viewers that turned this trend into the explosive phenomenon it is today in a somewhat awkward position.

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Topics: Opinion

What's the Next Big Thing in Let's Play?

Posted by Greg Rozen

Aug 27, 2014 8:00:00 AM

When it comes to Youtube, Minecraft is king. Really, the sheer volume of channels dedicated almost exclusively to Mojang's voxel-based creative sandbox is overwhelming, and there's good reason. Minecraft is really the perfect game for the medium; no two gameplay sessions are the same, and no two people play the game the same way. The focus on building things means that just sharing a unique creation is reason enough to cut a video, and seeing what someone else was able to make, probably in a way you've never considered, is reason enough to watch it. Add in how simple it is to get great personalities playing together, sharing servers, and you've got a game seemingly built from the ground up to be watched and enjoyed.

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Topics: Opinion

Superstars: What Hollywood's Golden Age says about Youtube's future.

Posted by Greg Rozen

Aug 20, 2014 11:21:00 AM

Love him or hate him, Felix Kjellberg, better known as 'PewDiePie,' represents the future of entertainment.             

If I were to say that web video was blowing up right now, I'd be decidedly behind the times. Web video blew up years ago, and now it's wedging its way into the mainstream, taking over. You don't have to look far for confirmation. A recent survey, commissioned by Variety, indicated that teenagers identify with and are engaged by Youtube stars like Smosh more so than traditional celebrities from film and music. Meanwhile, every day, it seems, a popular channel is purchased by an MCN, the record labels of our time, or an MCN is bought by a major Hollywood studio, like big-dog Maker Studios being absorbed by the House of Mouse, Disney.

There's a reason Hollywood and advertisers and everyone else looking to make a dime is so interested. This isn't some novel trend that they don't quite understand, hoping to exploit the "next big thing." They're scouring the internet, scooping up talent, bottling them, packaging them, for a very clear reason.

This has all happened before.

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Topics: Opinion

GameWisp Super-Mega Development Update

Posted by Eli

Aug 18, 2014 12:04:00 PM

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Topics: development, site updates

Epic Moments in Gaming Video History - Mindcrack UHC Season 7

Posted by Andrew

Aug 4, 2014 10:55:50 AM

In our next epic moment in UHC history, we head to the summer of 2012 and season 7.  Seven pairs of two entered the competition, but only one could be victorious.  After seven episodes, only two teams remained:  Pyropuncher and W92Baj versus Nebris and Just_Defy.  It was in their final confrontation that we saw one of the best examples of strategy in UHC.

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Epic Moments In Gaming Video History - Mindcrack UHC Season 6

Posted by Jesse

Jul 31, 2014 10:00:00 AM

In this installment of Epic Moments, we look at a relatively rare, but entertaining facet of the Mindcrack UHC PvP landscape: the rampage. Occasionally, we will see a player go off on a massive killing spree, where no one seems able to escape their wrath. Though a few memorable rampages have happened in UHC, the first we will cover is by PauseUnpause in Season 6.

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Epic Moments In Gaming Video History - MindCrack UHC Season 4b

Posted by Andrew

Jul 28, 2014 10:00:00 AM

Our third epic moment in gaming video history takes us to the second half of season 4 of Mindcrack UHC. Once again, we are in episode 3. Once again, Team DOOKE is BdoubleO, DocM77, Etho, and KurtJMac with their opponents of Team Nancy Drew being Guude, VintageBeef, PauseUnpause, and W92Baj. As the episode begins, both teams are at full strength. This is the Battle on Ice.

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Epic Moments In Gaming Video History - MindCrack UHC Season 4a

Posted by Andrew

Jul 24, 2014 10:00:00 AM

Welcome back to epic moments in gaming video history.  In our second epic moment from Mindcrack UHC history, we are going back in time to the spring of 2012 and season 4a. Season 4a was just 3 episodes long but gave us one of the greatest PvP moments in Mindcrack UHC. Without further ado, here is the raid and epic battle that ended the first installment of UHC season 4.  

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