Seriously why wouldn’t a staple of gaming and millenials not be hosting an event of some sort at the giant PAX West? I came across the event on Facebook and started chuckling to myself as I clicked on the image for the party.
Taco Bell The Arcade Pax West

Honestly it’s a great idea. So it works like this: It is free, you get a Steak Quesarito box for free, and you get to try out the Xbox One X Scorpion Tail burrito?

I made that last part up, but you do get to try the Xbox One X. If my body could handle Taco Bell and I didn’t have plans for Friday evening I may have called the number.

If anyone reading this ends up going at Pax West 2018 , please let us know on our twitter @epicpowergaming

Earlier this month, the Aegis of Champions was claimed by European team, Team Liquid.

‘The International’ is so much more than who wins the Grand Final. It’s a festival and celebration of all things Dota 2.

During the event Valve teased the new Dota 2 themed card game that they’ve been working on, Artifact. They also revealed the appearances of 2 new heroes, who have yet to be named.

Did someone say Production Value?

Over the course of the week the production value maintained a constant high quality. With community personalities providing insight and statistics to the introduction videos that played before the players entered their booths.

The insane production quality is what by far stole the show. This year’s theme was ‘Aquatic’ and the visual theme of being underwater could be felt everywhere. From the aquatic themed map that came equipped with reefs instead of trees and a whale call that could be heard sporadically throughout the battle. The lights above were layered in a way to evoke the feeling of waves crashing above, and the AR (Augmented Reality) assets on stage were those of reefs and coral branches reaching up towards the ceiling.

So what is it?

The International 7 is a pinnacle, not only in prize pool, which reached $24.7 Million, but in skill level as well. The teams that play in this tournament were either invited by Valve, the developers of the game, or they qualified in the open qualifiers held online.

For those that have never been to an esports event, this is like none other. This is the Super Bowl of Dota and it’s the only event that matters for the players who take part. The tournament lasts a week and takes over the Key Arena in Seattle and the area around it. For the 16 teams involved the event begins with the online group stage. The outcomes of the group stage determines what placement a team receives in the main stage, either upper or lower bracket. If a team is in lower bracket they’re on the knife’s edge, one series loss and they’re out.

What’d you think?

Overall I’d say the international was an amazing event to attend and I plan on attending again next year. Dota isn’t going away any time soon and with all of the updates and new content. I hope to see you all on the battlefield!



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E3 2017 was a nightmare since they opened 15,000 tickets to the public. Sure it is cool to realize a dream and attend E3, but it was also a shit show. I played 2 games and got a lot of meetings done though.

Tokyo Game Show has it correct. 2 days for the industry followed by 2 days for the public. Hopefully E3 2018 begins doing that.

Highlights of this video are 1:17 I role play as a shuttle bus information attendant. Get ready to experience things through my eyes!

Subway has been a staple of busy people everywhere, including game developers. I was at the Subway near our hotel this morning picking up breakfast/lunch before we went back out to GDC for meetings. While looking up the ingredients in the meat, I have food allergies, there was a big top hit article that broke last night regarding Subway’s chicken only having 50% chicken DNA.

Well well, what do you think it is mostly made up of? My first notion went to rat meat, but I know rat meat is too expensive. The next idea for chicken like substance I had was soybean. Turns out I was right!

Read the full article here and learn something!

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It’s getting pretty exciting with the Nintendo Switch launch coming this Friday! Now we have a list of indie games coming to the Switch. GDC has been a whirlwind of information and it is exciting to think of what meetings Nintendo is having with developers behind closed doors here at GDC 2017.

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Startup companies these days entice investors using numbers, in the case of online service and app startups, high user subscription/followers is what brings value and visibility. Word on the street was that Twitch was once a tiny and highly unsecure office back in its early days, with such a strong lack of security that someone even got away with stealing complete PC setups there without any delays.

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My 11th GDC in San Francisco is upon me. Thinking back it has been full of really great experiences for most part. The first time I went to GDC the event took place in San Jose, CA. I was in college and a professor, Prof. Wilcox, who became a dear friend of mine paid for the flights of two other students and myself to attend. One of the people was my roommate and best bud Andy. The other was a young freshman named Kevin that Andy and I had never met. Kevin is now in my best buds list but his young age, under 21, was likely to make trouble for Andy and I.

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