Category: Articles

UKSG Winter 2019

Esports, by definition, is player vs player; two players or teams competing against each other in a video game. But what do you call it when someone is competing against the game itself? Player vs environment could be one name for it but a more fitting name would be speedrunning.

Speedrunners get from A to B in a video game as fast as is humanly possible. Sometimes the aim is just to complete the game (any%) or to 100% the game as well as finish in the quickest time. The scene covers every platform and game you could imagine. It’s so vast, there isn’t even a point in doing a from this game to that game line here. Basically, if you can think of a video game, chances are there’s a speedrun of it. . . . .  . . . read more

Scottish FGC Interview – Naught

It’s no secret that the Scottish Fighting Game Community (FGC) is the strongest esport scene in Scotland. From Smash being the most popular game up here by far to professional players being sponsored in games such as SFV and Mortal Kombat to even massive FGC tournaments such as Hypespotting, the Scottish FGC has it all covered. But who are the players of this scene? Starting from today, we’ll be looking at interviewing them regularly along with other players and members from various Scottish esports scenes. . . . .  . . . read more

UKDota Player Picked Up As Coach

Been wanting to write something about UKDota for a number of months now but there hasn’t really been any activity in the scene especially in Scotland. There are currently no UKDota tournaments announced for this year, ESL One Birmingham doesn’t count, and a lot of the tier 1 players (usually immortal with couple LAN wins) have moved on from competitive play.  . . . .  . . . read more

Pedestal Games

Everyone has that one game they defend, even though they know full well there are much better games, it doesn’t stop them from arguing that their game is the greatest of all time. These are what I like to call pedestal games. You have elevated your opinion of this game to such a level that nothing anyone can say will change your mind. Now I’m not saying these games are bad, far from it. Every game on this list, in their own way, are some of the best examples of the video game industry and show just how far our medium has come. All I’m asking is, should you elevate these games beyond human understanding? . . . .  . . . read more