Betting has been around since man discovered competing. Sports betting, for instance on Betway, is the most popular form of gambling, but you can also bet on your PlayStation games. Yes, and you don’t even need Betway for it, though we are sure you are going to love trying out the Betway app. If you did not know that, then I am sure that might have off as a shocker. Here is all the information you need about PS Betting. We are sure you are going to love it, as much as you love playing your favorite PS games. How does PlayStation betting work? If you have a PlayStation, then you can wager on the outcome of your games. You will need some friends so that you can bet. The whole idea is to make a tournament style and then compete in the competition for real money. The best part is that you can keep betting legitimized because you are not playing against a house. However, you will need a site which will help you set up the competition. It might sound hard, but it isn’t. You will … [Read more...] about Did you know you can bet on PlayStation games?
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I’ve been thinking a lot about esports lately. This is not actually something I like to think about, mind you; my general attitude toward esports has been the same as my general attitude toward professional sports in general, but with the added “thanks, I hate it” of being knee-deep in a field I actually care about. But for a few years there I mostly just shrugged and accepted that as much as I might personally not care for the idea or execution, it was bringing in money and thus wasn’t going anywhere. And increasingly that appears to have been wrong, at least in the sense of bringing in money. There’s a lot to be considered on the subject of this particular permutation of gaming culture and the push toward mainstream legitimacy, but it’s something that I’ve been reluctant to talk on extensively for a while simply because there’s a certain amount of suspicion to level at yourself if something you want to be true has pieces … [Read more...] about Vague Patch Notes: The curious case of the esports bubble
This is a story about a boy named Michael. Follow along with me for a little bit, if you’d be so kind. Michael was born in 1983, and he didn’t have a very happy childhood. He was smart, but he didn’t really seem to fit in to basically any social group. He was always a quiet boy, introspective, and he heard the word “gay” applied a lot as a pejorative. Often to Michael himself, and often by Michael himself, because he only had the vaguest idea what the word meant aside from “this is a bad thing.” As Michael hit puberty, he understood what the term meant. But he knew that it didn’t apply to him. He was definitely attracted to girls. From what little he knew, that meant that he was safe from being gay because gay men followed a very specific set of traits that he did not have. He wasn’t all of the things that he thought signified “gay man,” and that meant that he was straight. And all of the heroes he liked and … [Read more...] about Vague Patch Notes: Representation in games matters when you don’t see why it matters
This mornings post is going to be a bit unusual as I did a thing last night that may or may not be nonsense. Lately I have been saying that it feels like I have disengaged faster with Battle for Azeroth than any of the expansions to date. However I do have a certain pattern of engaging and then eventually hitting a point where I bounce for awhile, and then eventually return to re-engage. It got me to wondering if I had any means of actually tracking this sequence. Since 2013 I had the record of my blog, because I tend to track how I am feeling about something pretty closely in the posts I am making. Another thing I have noticed is that Screenshots serve as forensic evidence for how I am feeling for a game. If I am checked out… I stop taking them… and with my copious archive of screenshots I was able to draw from that to determine my general take on a game at a given time. Additionally there are specific mental sign posts of … [Read more...] about Days Til Bounce
Whisper it quietly, but the boundaries between virtual gambling and online gaming are becoming increasingly blurred. This has become increasingly evident during the last 18 months or so, with high profile console games such as GTA 5 enabling players to access live, real money gambling within the context of the title’s narratives. The integration of online gambling in gaming goes far beyond this single instance, however, as the practice becomes increasingly prevalent and continues to raise concerns among regulators. In this post, we’ll ask whether gambling is becoming more prevalent in online gaming and ask what this means for players, operators and the market as a whole. What are Loot Boxes and How have they Impacted on Gaming? The integration of online gambling came to a head last year, when we began to see ‘loot boxes’ offered to players in some console games. These essentially include unlockable elements that relate to the narrative of each individual game, … [Read more...] about Are loot boxes becoming more prevalent in online gaming?