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Shout Out: Heartland eSports


Back in 2011 I was publishing posts under categories for teams, websites, and videos. They were known as Top Team Tuesday, Website Wednesday, and Feature Friday. Now that I’ve relaunched the blog and revamped its mission, I decided to do away with the corny titles, and simply publish “features“. These articles focus on single topics like a player, team, website, or podcast, and [hopefully] deliver relevant information about them. I plan on publishing these articles because I also want to share them in the eSports database.

For this first feature I want to cover a non-profit organization located in the Midwest. I discovered them last week via Reddit and decided they’d be perfect for the first feature of 2012. Here is a snippet from their about page:

“We are a volunteer-run, non-profit corporation based in Lincoln, Nebraska organized and operated by representatives of participating gaming communities throughout the Midwest who have joined together in HeSA to promote collaboration towards a single goal: promoting the growth of amateur and professional competitive gaming in the Midwest.” Source

Heartland eSports incorporated on August 4, 2011 in Lincoln, Nebraska as the Nebraska eSports Association (NeSPA). Their website, NebraskaEsports.org became a hub for promoting and hosting local tournaments, and educating people about competitive gaming. On May 21, 2012, it was announced that NeSPA would become part of the Heartland eSports Association, the newest vision to unite various gaming communities under a single banner. Soon other organizations like Kansas StarCraft, TP eSports, Razorback Gaming, Iowa Gamers Online, and the UNL Electronic Gaming Club would join forces to better support one another and spread the word about their tournaments and events.

So for fellow eSports enthusiasts living in the Midwest or those that like to support grassroots efforts, be sure to check out Heartland eSports (HeSA) and all the great work they’re doing!

Website: http://heartlandesports.org

Twitter: https://twitter.com/HL_eSports

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/heartlandesports

Other Tags: Shoutout, LoL, SC2, StarCraft II, FGC, HLeSports, HL eSports

Sexual Harassment on Cross Assault

I just wanted to share the various articles and video relating to this issue since it’s being brought up here and there.

On EventHubs they published this short blurb with lots of comments to read. You should get a general idea how the FG community is reacting.

There’s a much lengthier article on shoryuken about it. Again, many comments to read. And another article from SRK.

ESFI’s article. Level | Up has published a statement.

Penny Arcade, Giant Bomb and Kotaku have articles. Ars Technica added an article.

Videos: Day 1: Sexual Harassment on Cross Assault, CROSS ASSAULT – DAY 5 – BBS HQ (1:45:00 is the argument), Cross Counter Live 120 Part 2, The Fighting Game Community takes sexual harassment very seriously UltraChenTV – Women in Competitive Gaming

It was mentioned on today’s episode of The Executives by Complexity Gaming.

I’ll update if I find more sources of info.

Other Tags: FGC

Shout Out: Super Smash Bros. Brawl Combo Video

This Friday we have a Brawl combo video for you.

It’s not often that I find a Brawl combo video that actually impresses me. The main reason for that being that the closest things that come to “combos” in Brawl are usually lame, but this video shows that players in Brawl are really starting to gain some skill.

Give it a look. It’s really, really impressive. I bet even those that don’t play Brawl would be wow-ed by some of this stuff.

Watch it here.

Other Tags: SSBB, FGC

Super Smash Bros. Brawl Tier List #5

A new tier list for the video game Super Smash Bros. Brawl has been finalized just recently. This would make up the fifth version of the tier list for the game. The tier list is as follows:

S: Meta Knight
A: Snake, Diddy Kong, Falco, Wario, Marth, Ice Climbers
B: Olimar, Pikachu, King Dedede, Mr. Game & Watch, Lucario, Zero Suit Samus
C: Toon Link, Kirby, Fox, R.O.B., Pit, Peach, Donkey Kong
D: Luigi, Wolf, (Zelda/Sheik), Sonic, Ike, Sheik, Ness, Pokémon Trainer
E: Yoshi, Lucas, Mario, Bowser
F: Captain Falcon, Samus, Jigglypuff, Link, Zelda
G: Ganondorf

(Information found on smashboards and brawlfriendcodes.com).

For those of you who do not know what a “Tier List” for gaming is, it refers to a list that rates each character in order of their potential to win in tournament settings for gaming. The conditions of this list are also based on a characters “metagame.” Metagame refers to the strategies that are predominant in the current competitive community.

It should be noted that a tier list is not a “Best character to worst character” list. This mean that if you fight the kid down the street who has played the game twice but mains metaknight, the results will be based off of your skill. A really great captain falcon player would most likely win against an extremely cruddy pikachu player.

The tier list hasn’t changed much in terms of metaknight’s placement (since he’ll most likely always be top) but I’m going to give Falco some credit and say that he definitely has potential to take Snake’s place. Some of them Falco players are doing some tight things.

On another note, Olimar (my “main”… i.e. the dude I play as) has jumped two spots since the last version. Olimars are representing. There need to be more Yoshi players, though.

Otherwise, I think this is a pretty solid tier list. I think it will be interesting to see what the next one will look like. I’m thinking only minor differences… kind of like this one (not like the one where Olimar jumped 8 spots).


Other Tags: SSBB, FGC

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