I think The International might have ruined me for single-player games.
I’ve been interested in esports for a while now, dropping into an occasional Twitch stream and skimming whatever articles I stumble upon, but most of the big esport titles were games I never got into myself for whatever reason.
When you don’t know the games, it’s hard to follow things with any real enthusiasm. At least, that was true for me. So when The International came along this year, I decided to fire up Dota 2 and get at least a passing familiarity with the thing.
I never should have done that. The game’s insane.
A hundred characters to choose from, untold numbers of item combinations, and deep strategy balanced by enough action that incredible reversals are possible. It’s the kind of game that can be played for years and never be mastered.
It’s also the kind of game that obsessive types like myself would probably do best to avoid.
And then there’s StarCraft 2.
I’ve never been a fan of real-time strategy, and more or less jumped into SC2 thinking: “This is a game millions of people play every day. There has to be something good about it.”
A week and a half later I’m an addict. And my opinion of RTSs has pretty much taken a 180 since I discovered the “secret” technique of Using the Fucking Keyboard to keep my macro up while fiddling with my troops.
And I haven’t even mentioned Hearthstone, which was fun right up until the point when the matchmaker decided I was good enough to go up against people with decks full of legendaries who’ve been playing since beta.
All of which is to say that I’ve been diving on every multiplayer game that crosses my desk, so you should expect a lot more of that sort of thing to show up on my channel.