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Exclusive: GameStop in talks with buyout firms after drawing interest - sources
(Reuters) - Video game and electronics retailer GameStop Corp is holding talks with private equity firms about a potential transaction after receiving buyout interest, people familiar with the matter said on Monday.

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YouTube's paid music and video services come to UK
The platform will charge a fee for an ad-free experience with the ability to download content.

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Geek Plays: E3 2018

Have you ever thought to yourself, “I sure do love reading Geek.com’s thoughts on the latest video games but is there a way I could watch them play the latest video games?” Well […]

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Sneaky Gmail phishing attack fools with fake Google Docs app
Google Docs was pulled into a sneaky email phishing attack on Tuesday that was designed to trick users into giving up access to their Gmail accounts.

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Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant duke it out at CES 2018

Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant duke it out at CES 2018CES 2018 had more than its fair share of wacky items and compelling gadgets, but one of the biggest trends to emerge, once again, from the popular tech expo was voice-enabled devices. And, of course, it was all about Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.


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Galaxies collide in stunning picture
A NEW image captured by NASA Hubble space telescope shows ‘doomed duo’ galaxies colliding and then trying to destroy one another.

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AMC latest to cut ties with Chris Hardwick after abuse allegations - CNET
The show Talking With Chris Hardwick won't air for now, and he won't moderate panels at San Diego Comic-Con following charges of emotional and sexual abuse by an ex.

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Marvel Men Ranked By How Good They'd Be In Bed

Peter Parker is NOT on this list because he is a LITERAL CHILD.

Star-Lord/Peter Quill

Star-Lord/Peter Quill

Peter Quill would have his fun and then fall asleep. He doesn't care about you at all. Just sayin'.

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Drax

Drax

Do you really want to jump into bed with a guy who takes everything literally? I sure don't. He's literally "The Destroyer." No thanks!

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Hulk/Bruce Banner

Hulk/Bruce Banner

Bruce Banner probably wouldn't be terrible in bed, but Hulk? Yeah, no. Good luck with that. Plus, Bruce would be constantly worrying about Hulking out, and wouldn't you be a little worried too?

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Quicksilver/Pietro Maximoff

Quicksilver/Pietro Maximoff

This dude's whole thing is that he's really ~fast~ — do I really need to elaborate?

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War Machine/James Rhodes

War Machine/James Rhodes

Honestly? He's really attractive but do you ever, like, think about War Machine? He's just kinda there. He'd probably be a great husband, though!

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Ant-Man/Scott Lang

Ant-Man/Scott Lang

He's a grower, not a shower, but let's face it — he'd be totally ordinary in bed.

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Nick Fury

Nick Fury

Nick Fury has been married to his job his entire life. He's definitely got moves, but he's not sticking around to cuddle after.

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The Grandmaster

The Grandmaster

Real talk — this dude is kinky AF, but not at all GGG. So.

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Falcon/Sam Wilson

Falcon/Sam Wilson

Sam Wilson is total boyfriend material and he'd be a generous lover, but... ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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Vision

Vision

He's somehow both soulful and mechanical, and he'd be ruthlessly efficient in bed. But it'd kinda be like being with a sentient vibrator who was also a clingy boyfriend.

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Hawkeye/Clint Barton

Hawkeye/Clint Barton

His wife seems real happy.

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Captain America/Steve Rogers

Captain America/Steve Rogers

There is no denying that Steve Rogers is objectively a perfect human specimen. However, it took him like four movies to even KISS a girl. Also, let's face it, you can never compete with Peggy (or Bucky).

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Doctor Strange/Doctor Stephen Strange

Doctor Strange/Doctor Stephen Strange

Everything about this guy SCREAMS "fuckboy," but like, not in a totally bad way? He knows what he's doing and he's good with his fingers, which counts for a lot.

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Loki

Loki

You KNOW this guy is trash, and yet. And yet! He could talk you into anything and you would enjoy it. Thoroughly. Unf.

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Black Panther/T'Challa

Black Panther/T'Challa

YOOOOOOOOOOOO, this dude is smooth and romantic, like a Boyz II Men slow jam. He'll make love to you like you want him to, and make you feel like a true queen. Wakanda forever.

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Winter Soldier/James Buchanan "Bucky" Barnes

Winter Soldier/James Buchanan "Bucky" Barnes

LOOK AT THIS GUY. LOOK AT HIS MOUTH. LOOK. HE HAS SO MUCH PAIN IN HIS SOUL. BEAUTIFUL, SEXY PAIN. MAYBE YOU CAN HELP HIM. ONLY YOU. HE HAS SO MANY INTENSE FEELINGS AND AT LEAST ONE OF THOSE FEELINGS IS "HORNY."

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Killmonger/Erik Stevens (N'Jadaka)

Killmonger/Erik Stevens (N'Jadaka)

Hello. Hi. Look at this man. Just...look at him. He's intense, he's driven, he's passionate. He's good at everything. He would be so focused on winning, and in this case "winning" means...well, you get the idea.

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Iron Man/Tony Stark

Iron Man/Tony Stark

Let me break this down for you:
1) Tony Stark is extremely experienced. He knows what's up.
2) He has an ego based entirely upon his desire for unimpeachable excellence. He would absolutely make sure you spent the next decade bragging about how good he was in bed.
3) If for some reason you weren't satisfied, he would create a DEVICE just for your pleasure. And it would WORK. REALLY WELL.
4) The whole experience would be fun, surprisingly emotional, and glamorous.

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Thor

Thor

Full disclosure — I didn't actually want to make Thor #1 on this list, but facts are facts. Objectively, Thor is gonna be the best in bed. He's 10,000 years old. He's done everything. He knows how to party, and he'd be there in the morning to make you breakfast. And he's the GOD OF THUNDER. Hammer or no, this guy can bring it.

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16 Tumblr Posts About Dungeons And Dragons That Rolled A Natural 20

“I got banned from my last Dungeons & Dragons campaign for insisting that ‘paladin’ is pronounced like ‘Paula Deen.’”

On titles:

On titles:

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On babies:

On babies:

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On stats:

On stats:

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On interrogations:

On interrogations:

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On bluffing Egyptian gods:

On bluffing Egyptian gods:

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On Monty Python:

On Monty Python:

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And on Guardians of the Galaxy:

And on Guardians of the Galaxy:

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On making friends:

On making friends:

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On epidemics:

On epidemics:

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On Bee Movie:

On Bee Movie:

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On pronunciation:

On pronunciation:

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On moral alignment:

On moral alignment:

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On frustrating the dungeon master:

On frustrating the dungeon master:

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On botched rolls:

On botched rolls:

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And on The Odyssey:

And on The Odyssey:

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Which God Or Goddess From Ancient Greek Mythology Are You?

Are you more Aphrodite or Ares?

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12 Reasons Esports Is The Only Sport That Matters

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1. The engaging analysts and shoutcasters who hype everything up.

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Shoutcasters are like your overly excited, knowledgeable best friends who explain all the chaotic action during the game. They are a godsend to new and veteran viewers alike, and one of my favorite parts about professional events. Not only do they know the games inside and out, they know details like individual player styles and specific team mechanics.


2. The arenas that are beautiful and custom built for the games they host.

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In Los Angeles, Riot Games built a custom arena near its headquarters to host League of Legends pro matches. Internationally, this year's LoL World Championship Finals were held in an actual Olympic arena in Beijing called the Bird’s Nest. The amazing surroundings allow fans to come together in a space that feels personalized and has the excitement of a professional sporting event. Even for those who don't play video games, the decked-out arenas are a reason to check out esports all by themselves.


3. The pros who stream who are just as ridiculous as their fans.

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Not only do pros directly talk to fans while streaming, a lot of times they get personalized gifts and crazy donations too. I talked to professional team Cloud 9’s ADC "Sneaky" about some of the funniest things he’s gotten from fans.

“It’s mainly fan mail," he said. "I got a schoolgirl outfit that I wore once. I got a maid costume too, in China. A bunch of people were asking me about the cosplay I did the first time, and they asked if I was going to do it again if I made it farther in the tournament. I’m like, '...Sure? Yeah, I guess if someone brings me one,'" he said, laughing.


4. The merchandise is undeniable.

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I mean, just look at all of it. LOOK AT IT.


5. The pros who kick your ass at live events in front of all your friends.

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Most esports are video games the public can play as well, which allows fans a firsthand understanding of the game and unique interactions with pro players that other sports just can't match. Often at live events, there are special setups where pros get to face off one vs. one against fans. I’ve personally never done one because I’m sure I would get my ass handed to me.


6. The pros who kick your ass in the comfort of your own home.

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At home, pros play alongside non-professional players, so, if you're good enough (lol, ur not), you can play with them online. Just don't suck whenever you have one on your team.


7. The international players who are sweeping the world.

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Many esports have international leagues comprised of different regions around the world. One of the cool things about being a fan is watching how characters, play styles, and strategies vary across different regions. I sat down with North American professional team TSM’s "Mithy," who described the experience of being drafted away from European professional team G2 Esports and having to adapt to the play style of a new team in a new region.

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8. The fans who are as passionate as they are loud.

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Holy shit the FANS! It’s unbelievable how passionate and committed these fans are. Not only do they come from all over to watch their favorite player or team, but many of them dress in detailed cosplay as their favorite in-game characters. Even custom jerseys supporting their favorite players are often seen at events. I may or may not have sweatshirts and team gear, but that would mean I’m biased, so I definitely don’t… :^)


9. The growing audiences that just won't stop growing.

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I talked to James "Dash" Patterson, who sits on the analyst desk for the North American League of Legends Championship Series, about why he thinks the industry is suddenly growing in popularity. “It is apparent that this is a thing," he said. "It has money. It’s got people behind it. There’s all this evidence now that there is at least some degree of sustainability.

"But then the most important thing: the player. The person that everyone wants to watch. This idea that the sport doesn’t exist if there isn’t a pro. At least now that feels like an attainable goal. If I choose at the age of 14 to become a pro, I can pursue that, and I can ultimately achieve it. To me, that’s why the sport is growing at the rate it is now as opposed to 20 years ago.”


10. The collaborations with other industries that are simply epic.

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Every year for the World Championship, Riot Games collaborates with a musical artist to create a song that is sort of the theme of the event. I sat down with Chrissy Costanza, the lead singer from Against the Current, who did this past year's collaboration. She told me that Riot goes through a long process of making sure the artist is the right fit with the right feel, and that the artists themselves know the game. “Riot is really amazing at making sure everything is brand authentic," she said. "I know when Imagine Dragons did it a few years ago, they loved the game. I think they like keeping it in the family of people who love the game.”

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11. The unique events that turn into casual fiestas.

Owen DeValk for BuzzFeed

League of Legends has an end-of-year All-Star event. Fans ​were given the ​chance ​to ​vote ​for ​their ​favorite ​players ​from ​their ​region ​in ​order ​to build ​the ​superstar-stacked ​team ​of ​their ​dreams. Since this wasn’t during regular season play, the atmosphere was more casual and laid-back. There was also a special one vs. one event where the pros faced off against each other individually in a single elimination game. I definitely screamed the most watching those.


12. The widespread recognition that shows esports is getting BIG.

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If you need more proof that esports is growing fast, just look at some of the massive industry sponsors that are starting to take note. Like in traditional sports, big brands have begun to sponsor players, teams, stadiums, and events. Gillette, for instance, just unveiled its sponsorship of the North American professional LoL team, TSM. Partnerships like this are definitely a signal of big things to come in the world of esports.

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This Yes Or No Quiz Determines If You're A Star Trek Fan

Let’s see how much of this franchise you’ve binged.

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17 Reasons Why Space Is Cool As Shit And Also Crazy As Shit

Zero gravity more like HERO gravity.

You can play ping pong with a BALL OF WATER.

You can play ping pong with a BALL OF WATER.

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You can also eat balls of water that have been floating around.

You can also eat balls of water that have been floating around.

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Honey looks like this when it comes out of a jar (??!?!?!?!?!?!):

Honey looks like this when it comes out of a jar (??!?!?!?!?!?!):

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Nuts are just floatin' around in their can, having a nut party.

Nuts are just floatin' around in their can, having a nut party.

Look at dem floating nuts.

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Your food comes to you...

Your food comes to you...

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...you don't go to your food.

...you don't go to your food.

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Also your food floats, which would be really useful in a cocktail party situation.

Also your food floats, which would be really useful in a cocktail party situation.

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And also, in fajita situations, since in space your ingredients stay on your tortilla no matter what.

And also, in fajita situations, since in space your ingredients stay on your tortilla no matter what.

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Your hair can stand up straight, which is fun.

Your hair can stand up straight, which is fun.

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Water does this:

Water does this:

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And this. It's kinda like slime!!

And this. It's kinda like slime!!

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Fruit flies:

Fruit flies:

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Again, drinking water is passé, eating your water is better.

Again, drinking water is passé, eating your water is better.

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And while we're talking about water, you can dye a perfect sphere of it into beautiful colors while it floats.

And while we're talking about water, you can dye a perfect sphere of it into beautiful colors while it floats.

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Your fidget spinner will spin for eternity:

Your fidget spinner will spin for eternity:

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Your Yo Yo will stay in "walking the dog" position, unless you do other rad tricks:

Your Yo Yo will stay in "walking the dog" position, unless you do other rad tricks:

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And finally, you can throw your friends.

And finally, you can throw your friends.

NASA

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Only True Geniuses Can Get 16/16 On This Mnemonic Device Quiz

Idiot, pass me another tequila.

They are the most socially acceptable way to cheat an exam. They’re also, taken at face value, total nonsense.

In the phrases below, the first letter of each word corresponds to a certain item in a series.

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14 Reasons Why Everyone Should Have At Least One Slytherin Friend

Ambitious, cunning, and…a ride or die.

Look, I get it, you think ~all Slytherins are evil~, and that's totally fine.

Look, I get it, you think ~all Slytherins are evil~, and that's totally fine.

Except it isn't.

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But, as a proud Slytherin myself, I know that those generalizations overshadow the TRUE nature of the house, and just how awesome some Slytherins are.

But, as a proud Slytherin myself, I know that those generalizations overshadow the TRUE nature of the house, and just how awesome some Slytherins are.

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A Slytherin will tell you to take time for yourself, and not waste your time on others who don't deserve it.

A Slytherin will tell you to take time for yourself, and not waste your time on others who don't deserve it.

CW

A Slytherin will be unafraid to call you out on your bullshit, and hold you accountable for your actions.

A Slytherin will be unafraid to call you out on your bullshit, and hold you accountable for your actions.

HBO

A Slytherin will be the one there at one a.m. after your terrible break-up with a bottle of vodka and a box of Oreos to tell you you're better than them.

A Slytherin will be the one there at one a.m. after your terrible break-up with a bottle of vodka and a box of Oreos to tell you you're better than them.

NBC

And, even when you're in a relationship, a Slytherin will be the first one to remind you to "dump 'em" if they forget what a prize you are.

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A Slytherin will make sure you get all of your work done and then some.

A Slytherin will make sure you get all of your work done and then some.

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Because a Slytherin knows just how far your ambition can take you, and wants you to dream as big as possible.

Because a Slytherin knows just how far your ambition can take you, and wants you to dream as big as possible.

Hulu

But, at the same time, a Slytherin will encourage you to have as much fun as humanly possible...and be pretty pissed if you're not down.

But, at the same time, a Slytherin will encourage you to have as much fun as humanly possible...and be pretty pissed if you're not down.

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And a Slytherin will always make you laugh with their dry, sarcastic, (kind of) mean sense of humor.

And a Slytherin will always make you laugh with their dry, sarcastic, (kind of) mean sense of humor.

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A Slytherin will push you to be the best, most unforgiving version of yourself, because they sure as heck are.

A Slytherin will push you to be the best, most unforgiving version of yourself, because they sure as heck are.

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A Slytherin will hate who you hate without question, and love who you love without hesitation.

A Slytherin will hate who you hate without question, and love who you love without hesitation.

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A Slytherin will defend your honor with their cunning wit and charm.

A Slytherin will defend your honor with their cunning wit and charm.

FOX

Because a Slytherin can talk their way out of anything, so it's always good to have one on the team.

Because a Slytherin can talk their way out of anything, so it's always good to have one on the team.

Warner Bros.

A Slytherin will always be there to aggressively remind you of your self-worth, even when you think you're worth nothing.

A Slytherin will always be there to aggressively remind you of your self-worth, even when you think you're worth nothing.

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And, of course, a Slytherin will push you a little closer to the edge, and test your rebellious limits.

And, of course, a Slytherin will push you a little closer to the edge, and test your rebellious limits.

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So go out and find yourself a Slytherin to chill with! Trust me, we can be pretty cool.

So go out and find yourself a Slytherin to chill with! Trust me, we can be pretty cool.

Warner Bros.

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Welcome To Summoner's Rift: My First Esports Championship


When I was growing up, I would play video games in my basement until 3am, trying not to wake my parents — or sometimes I'd sprint to my friends' houses after school to thrash them at Super Smash Bros. It was a hobby, something we did in our downtime. It was a world away from today's stadiums filled with hundreds (thousands?!) of people who buy tickets to support their favorite professional gamers. Professional esports are sweeping the entire world, and I, being the person who cherished her red Game Boy for years, wanted to see firsthand what this phenomenon was all about. So I went to the League of Legends NA LCS Championship Finals, a two-day event held every year to determine which teams will advance to the World Championship Finals.

The entire esports community is made up of professionals who just happen to be extremely good at playing their hobby. Of course they train and practice, but at one point almost all pros were just casual players turned serious. “I mean, my favorite thing professionally is just playing League itself,” said Huhi, a professional mid-laner for Counter Logic Gaming, who was playing on the stage during these Finals. “The reason why I started to be a professional gamer is because I just purely liked playing games as a hobby. I’m just thankful that I was given this opportunity and have this job. Thinking about back then makes me motivated to work even harder.”

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Even after becoming a pro, players usually still play the game with the rest of the community. This is the one major difference between esports and, well, every other kind of sport — as a basketball player, for instance, you don’t hit the courts with your fans. Especially now with streaming platforms on YouTube and Twitch, it’s easier than ever to support your favorite player. Streaming allows pros not only to practice with an audience but it also allows their fans to get a better idea of who they are. Huhi streams and uploads videos to YouTube. “It’s just really cool for me because I can also see myself as I stream more with viewership going up, and I feel like people are supporting me more and more,” he said. “Even in chat, they’ll say nice stuff, so for me it’s also a way to get confidence I guess because people are supporting me directly through the chat and we’re spending time together. It makes me more motivated to play better so that I can prove to them that they’re not supporting the wrong person,” he said with a laugh.

I got to Boston a day before the matches started. After I arrived I sat in my hotel oddly anxious about the whole thing...even though I wasn’t going to be up on stage. Just the thought of seeing my favorite pros play in person made me feel the second-hand-nervousness you feel when you watch a comedian completely bomb on stage. Of course I wanted my favorites to win, but I think I wanted the games to be spicy even more. The second I left my hotel on the first day of the Championship I immediately saw so many people wearing merchandise representing their favorite teams and players. This was the coolest shit I’d ever seen. I’d never been surrounded by so many people who enjoy the same hobby, let alone a specific game. And people were ridiculously nice. You would walk by someone, lock eyes, and just slowly nod, silently acknowledging this hidden bond that you share as complete strangers.

It's wild how the Internet has changed gaming. Gone are the days of plugging our Gameboys into each other when you happened to be the same room. Back then you had yourself, your friends, maybe some of their friends, maybe your dad(?), but that’s it. Being able to walk around a city filled with thousands of people and relating to that one guy at the bus stop who was also wearing a Cloud9 hoodie was super cool. The closer to the stadium I got, the more jerseys and t-shirts I recognized. TD Garden is home to the NHL’s Bruins as well as the NBA’s Celtics, so you can imagine how not-tiny this place was. Inside, smack dab middle of the stadium, were four massive screens hovering above the playing stage. I actually had forgotten that even though this was a live event, you still have to watch through a screen. The announcer (or shoutcasters, as they are known in esports) desks were perfectly sandwiched between the stage and the crowd. The stadium was alive with energy and anticipation.

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Watching professional gamers live is completely different than watching in your home...even though you’re basically just watching a big screen either way. Whenever a clean play was made, you’d hear the instant reaction from the crowd surrounding you. You would jump and scream and even hear suggestions of “better plays” from the stands. The announcers and shoutcasters would hype every call to the point where they would be screaming excitedly themselves. The energy was like lightning — powerful, electric, and really freaking fast. If you blinked, you could miss a play. My eyes were glued to the game the entire time. When you play League of Legends, you can only see your side of the map clearly — but as a spectator, you can see the entire map, making players sneaking around feel about as suspenseful as watching a horror movie where you know the bad guy is waiting just around the corner. The crowd would start to quietly gasp as enemies almost ran into one another. Every aspect of it was glorious — even walking outside the stadium afterward and talking endlessly about what you would’ve done instead or that one baron steal or even how you touched Bjergsen’s hand as he walked to the stage. Even now as I’m writing this, I’m wishing I was there again.

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I personally have only been playing League of Legends for about a year now (get at me, n00bs), but I’ve followed the professional scene ever since I started playing and was excited to see my favorite players and teams in person. I was baffled by how many fans were there walking around before the matches even started, and I ended up talking to a guy sitting next to me. His name was Josh, and apparently he had been playing since season 2 (we’re now on season 7) and even played alongside one of the pros recently. He was rooting for Team Dignitas, who was playing on stage for third place. “A bunch of my friends had been to events before,” Josh told me, “and when they invited me to go with them, it was awesome to kind of mix a great social opportunity into an opportunity to watch the best of the profession play, and the best really makes you as a player learn and become better yourself.” I asked him how they all got here, since I couldn’t imagine coordinating a trip with so many people. “A few of us flew in,” he said. “I’m from DC, and I drove about nine hours to get here. So it was a...trip, but I think it’s well worth it. It’s my first esports event and my first time in Boston as well, so I’m really excited to be here.”

Oh here's me hanging out with my best friends, otherwise known as CLG to you plebs.

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I was amazed at how genuine he was, answering my questions easily and excitedly. His friends next to him would occasionally chime in, and it blew my mind to see how welcoming they were. I asked Josh which pro he would want to meet if he could meet any of them and what would he ask them. He launched into an in-depth, impassioned explanation of why Ssumday — a top Korean player who recently became a top North American player — was his number one choice. I listened intently. Being able to talk to someone else who played the game that I loved so much, and who loved it as much as I did, was completely absorbing. It was entertaining to listen to what Josh said, especially because he was a seasoned veteran compared to little ol’ me. It was a nice reminder that it’s never too late to get into esports-related games, or any video game for that matter.


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The esports industry is rapidly growing, and it’s so amazing as an avid gamer to feel at home within a community. For so long, video games have been a solo endeavor as you sat in front of your television or computer and played late into the night. Nowadays literally anyone could become a professional player, and fans feel a special tie with pros because eSports is a community formed by gamers for gamers. The industry is gearing up to be one of the most successful sports industries ever. Esports is powered by the strong bonds between the members of the community, ranging from the recently-turned-pro who still plays with his buddies from school or the relatively new player meeting her favorite pros at her first Championship Event. :')

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Forge A Ring Of Power And We'll Give You An Orc Name

Hold out your hand. It’s quite cool.

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This "Pokkén" Battle Will Reveal Which OG Pokémon You Are

Are you more Meowth or Bulba?

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Here's What "Pokkén Tournament DX" Taught Me About Fighting Games

"The most important thing is to have fun," adviser Nia reminds you at least once during every Pokkén Tournament DX battle. She is your tour guide, tutorial master, and cheer captain throughout the game — and, for me personally, a ubiquitous reminder of how much fun I'm not having (but could be).

Don't get me wrong — there is a lot to love in Pokkén: The graphics are great. The gameplay feels smooth. The sampling of playable Pokémon is a nice reminder of just how large the franchise has become. But at its core, it's a fighting game, not a Pokémon game, and while I love the latter, I've always despised the former.

Maybe if I were any good at fighters, I'd feel differently, but, to me, they've always felt repetitive, frustrating, and silly. I gave Pokkén a shot only because it takes place in a universe I love (and tbh I just couldn't pass up the chance to play as a realistic-looking, ass-kicking Empoleon).

Don't mess.

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"Once you start really digging into [fighters], they're basically a high-speed version of chess."

As I journeyed through Pokkén, I leaned on my Street Fighter–obsessed friend Mike Andronico, who's also a senior editor at Tom's Guide, for helpful tips and advice. "On a basic level, fighting games are video games at their purest," he told me. (Nerd.) "You and your friend beat each other up until one of you is knocked out. What's more straightforward and fun than that? But once you start really digging into them, they're basically a high-speed version of chess. You and your opponent are constantly trying to outsmart each other on a second-by-second basis, and when you make that smart guess or land that crazy combo, it provides a rush that you just can't get from other types of games."

As I continued playing, I tried to actualize this mindset and devoted time to the tutorial, learning combos, and thinking of the game strategically. So for others who are similarly inexperienced and/or skeptical of the fighting game genre, here are some basic tenets of Pokkén I took away:

1. The breadth of customization options is silly, hilarious, and really fun.

1. The breadth of customization options is silly, hilarious, and really fun.

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I was not expecting the level of customization Pokkén offers because why would you expect much of *any* customization in a fighting game? (At least I've never seen customization like this in a fighter.) But the plethora of possibilities, while largely (if not completely) unimportant to the main gameplay, brought me nothing but joy. There's no reason I should have been able to deck my trainer out in items that reflect my upcoming Hawaiian vacation, and yet there he is in a lei among sunflowers wearing his finest hipster flannel. OK, Nia, NOW I'm having fun.

And speaking of Nia...yes, you can even customize HER outfits.

And speaking of Nia...yes, you can even customize HER outfits.

Santa Nia because why not.

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It makes absolutely no sense and, when it comes to the mechanics of actually playing the game, doesn't matter in the slightest, but I can't wait to keep playing to see if I'll unlock more. Aside from my innate desire to just not suck at fighting games, customization is my main motivation for advancing.

Not to mention the absurd number of titles and "self-promotions" you can choose from.

Not to mention the absurd number of titles and "self-promotions" you can choose from.

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"I love the woods" vs. "I always win, in spirit!" was my Sophie's Choice.

2. Sometimes you can run freely around the whole arena; sometimes, à la classic fighters, you just face each other.

2. Sometimes you can run freely around the whole arena; sometimes, à la classic fighters, you just face each other.

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As the all-knowing Nia states above, the two phases are called Field Phase (aka running around freely) and Duel Phase (aka classic left and right movement only). You can make the battle shift between phases by successfully executing certain moves. Why? I have no idea, but, honestly, I really like it. It gives you more to accomplish than simply KOing your opponent, and I realized that I much prefer fighting games when I'm afforded more mobility. Field Phase reminds me a lot of an earlier Switch release, Arms, which I'm shockingly pretty good at (tyvm). Part of me wishes the whole game were like this.

"[Field Phase] gives you more to accomplish than simply KOing your opponent, and I realized that I much prefer fighting games when I'm afforded more mobility."

Unsurprisingly, fighting game elitist Mike disagreed. "The game just feels kinda loose and sloppy when you're floating around in 3D," he said. "Once you get into the 2D Duel Phase, the game starts to feel like a proper fighter" — (lol) — "in which things such as spacing and combos matter." But Mike sucks at Arms, so what does he know, amirite?

A key takeaway here? Training mode is your friend. Listen to Nia, despite her Navi-like tendencies. And, as Mike told me, "Don't worry about pulling off crazy combos right away. It's far more important knowing the range and properties of your character's basic attacks and how those might be useful in battle. Once you have those fundamentals in place, you can start learning flashier stuff."

3. The Attack Triangle is an easy-to-follow but hard-to-execute endless cycle of grabs and counters.

3. The Attack Triangle is an easy-to-follow but hard-to-execute endless cycle of grabs and counters.

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The this-beats-this-beats-that system is a sensical and interesting element of Pokkén I found easy to understand but difficult to put into practice. Blame it on having a slower-than-normal reaction time if you must, but I was only really able to counter a counter with a grab attack by accident. Nonetheless, knowing about it really helped me enjoy the mechanics of the game more. I found myself trying to anticipate my opponents' moves and strategizing more than I normally would rather than simply button-mashing my way to non-victory. I'm not sure if this mechanic is unique to Pokkén, but it feels new and different to me.

Another key takeaway: Watch tons of matches. Mike is a firm believer that watching your favorite fighting game being played at a high level is just as integral as playing yourself. Once you have a decent understanding of your game of choice, you can learn a ton about how to optimally use the characters and mechanics when watching two really talented players go at it.
Pro tip: Focus on tournament footage on Twitch or YouTube.

3. Watching the Pokémon run around, punch, kick, and hurl magical blasts is pretty dope, albeit a little weird.

3. Watching the Pokémon run around, punch, kick, and hurl magical blasts is pretty dope, albeit a little weird.

I see you, Ponyta.

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There's something a little disconcerting and awkward about having Pokémon we know and love as mostly inactive creatures run around on two legs in all their 3D glory, but ultimately you get used to it. And their specials are admittedly pretty badass.

4. Support Pokémon are cute but pretty much all the same.

4. Support Pokémon are cute but pretty much all the same.

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Support Pokémon are a nice excuse to be able to feature more Pokémon in the game, and the feature is a fun twist on tagging in help, but despite their different "attack," "enhance," etc., abilities, they're not really all that different or helpful in the scheme of things. Maybe they're of much greater importance for a Pokkén master, but still, I think there's an option to choose a "random" set for a reason.

5. The game makes you feel pretty invincible...for a while.

5. The game makes you feel pretty invincible...for a while.

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As you're well aware by now, I'm obviously pretty sh*tty at fighting games, but Pokkén does a good job of letting even the least skilled players feel powerful for a while, which gives you a lot of time to perfect your combos and strategy. Tbh, it's downright easy to coast through the various leagues, but because of the grading system that pops up after every battle — which includes a grade on your technique — you're always pushed to develop various aspects of your fighting style.

"'Online will continue to be a core part of every fighting game, but 'most of the good fighting games out there still do a great job catering to single-player folks.'"

What's not easy though? Playing online. After 30 consecutive wins playing against the league CPUs, I felt like I was ready to try other IRL players. But that confidence, I learned, was completely undeserved. I was destroyed countless times in a row. I could barely even get one hit in let alone a combo or counter and several times I was honestly *this close* to throwing my controller against the wall and swearing off the game for good.

According to Mike, although "online has become integral to just about every fighting game ... games such as Injustice 2, Tekken 7, and Pokkén are brimming with fun solo content, meaning you won't have a cheapened experience if you don't feel like getting destroyed online." He thinks online will continue to be a core part of every fighting game, but "most of the good fighting games out there still do a great job catering to single-player folks." Phew.

An important lesson: Patience is a virtue. I expected to pick up my controller and become a PokéMaster after just a few hours, and while at times the game made me feel like I was, it takes a lot more time than that "to be the next Evo champ," as Mike put it.

At the end of the day, I agree with Mike's assessment that "Pokkén is one of the best fighting games out there in terms of being easy to learn and hard to master." For beginners, it's great to play when you're bored and want to have some casual fun (but beware of online); for more experienced players, it must also be a lot of fun to play online and kick beginners' asses.

One last word of advice: Find a community or training partner. From weekly fighting game meet-ups in your area to friends who are also trying to get better, set aside time to practice with real people. It's way more fun that way! Online communities like Reddit and dedicated FG sites like Shoryuken and EventHubs are also filled with folks willing to help out.

And finally, as Nia says (quite often), have fun! Despite my initial misgivings, I really came around to Pokkén in the end and embraced its weirdness, uniqueness, and playability. Fighting games aren't as vapid or boring as I'd originally thought, and embracing the strategy and time required to master them made playing that much more rewarding in the end.

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iPhones will soon automatically share your location with first responders when you call 911, thanks to a new partnership between Apple and startup RapidSOS.

Under the new system, iPhones will send their exact location to a RapidSOS dispatcher, which will then forward the coordinates to local emergency response centers. That should make it easier for ambulances and paramedics to reach callers and shave precious minutes off response times, potentially saving 10,000 lives per year, according to federal regulator estimates.

The new feature will be packaged as part of iOS 12, an iPhone software update due later this year.

The existing 911 system was designed for a time when everyone used landlines and call operators could easily pinpoint phones’ locations. Now, though, more than 80% of 911 calls are made on cell phones in many parts of the country, according to the National Emergency Number Association. Cellphone carriers currently share location estimates with emergency dispatchers, but these can be off by as much as a few hundred yards.

Apple says the location data cannot be shared if 911 has not been called, and that RapidSOS’ data will be separate from that held by cellphone carriers.

RapidSOS is free for emergency response centers, but is currently used by less than half nationwide. The company expects this to increase to a majority of centers by the end of the year, according to The Wall Street Journal.

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