Some Sports Fans Upset ESPN Is Airing Video Game Tournaments

This weekend, ESPN2 aired a preview for the grand finals of Dota 2's The International, the 10 million-dollar tournament for the very popular video game. The move is kind of a big deal—arguably, it grants competitive gaming more mainstream legitimacy. But not everyone was happy to see Dota 2 on ESPN. » 7/21/14 11:15am 7/21/14 11:15am

The Most Popular Sport in North America 900 Years Ago

Beneath the freeways of East St. Louis in Illinois there lie the ruins of a city built nearly a millennium ago, around towering earthen pyramids. Today called Cahokia, it held as many as 40 thousand people, and their influence spread throughout the southeast U.S. — mostly due the popularity of a game called chunkey. » 7/14/14 3:50pm 7/14/14 3:50pm

I'm Cool With One Of The Best Cartoons Of The Year Also Being An Ad

This is The Last Game. It's a 5:28 animated short that is many things. It's a commercial for Nike. More importantly, it's a "World Cup" commercial for Nike when it's not actually allowed to make official World Cup commercials (since that's Adidas' job). But I don't care about any of those things. I just love it as a… » 6/11/14 12:30am 6/11/14 12:30am

I Watched Ten Game Developers Get Demolished by an MMA Champ

In nine years of covering video games and the people who play them, I have seen some egregious displays of machismo, but it's never gotten to the stage where men have literally ripped their shirts off and wrestled each other to the ground. On Friday, though, I witnessed game developers from EVE Online studio CCP fight… » 5/07/14 5:00am 5/07/14 5:00am