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(featured image from Orun. art credit: Julio Rocha) I met local game deb Nell Raban at a meetup of game writers in downtown Chicago. We hit it off talking about the industry and what we love and wish would improve. It’s always fun to commiserate with other game writers. She has an impressive work ethic and lots of ideas. I want to thank her for taking the time to share her …

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Much to my delight, the entirety of MTV’s animated show Daria has been available on Hulu and naturally I had to binge. For those too young to know, there was a time when MTV was relevant. They used to produce highly original and thought provoking content. They even had Kurt Loder report some fucking news. This was a golden age that died a slow, miserable death as ratings pointed toward …

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Last weekend I was invited as a guest at a micro con at the infamous Blue Box Cafe in Elgin and my neighbor was Xane Daniel. Turns out Xane and I have a few things in common, one being that we have both worked in the video game industry, granted he’s got quite a few years on me, and we also love making comics. I was immediately drawn to the …

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Here is a situation I have seen countless times on Twitch with low-level streamers both male and female alike struggling to build a following. They’re sitting there live streaming like everyone else and their mom does these days. They look at their viewership numbers and proceed to have a stage five hissy fit about their lack of following and then they immediately point their outrage toward “titty streamers” and it …

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While in New Orleans covering the Gears of War tournament, I was immediately drawn to the brilliant energy of Jourdan Kerl. You can’t miss her, she brings so much passion and personality to the broadcast team. I love how you can tell she has to contain her excitement with the rest of us as she conducts interviews and provides viewers with updates and tournament analysis. I cannot tell you how …

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Ninja disclosed in an interview that he does not stream with women to avoid rumors that he is dating them. He said he did not want to put his wife through that experience. I understand his instinct, I respect that he wants to protect his wife. I don’t think Ninja is a sexist, I don’t think he at any point meant to do women harm, but unfortunately he did with …

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By Colin Kyle The sountrack is a critical part of the multifaceted experience that is gaming. From the earliest tunes with only a handful of humble bits to the sweeping orchestral masterpieces we have today, music creates atmosphere and immerses you in the game. Music also represents a cool and underappreciated avenue to enter the game and entertainment industry for people who are musically inclined. To give us a taste …

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Back when I was new to covering esports, I was eager to jump in to the Halo scene as it was and still is my favorite game franchise of all time. I was immediately met with a collective cold shoulder from fans and players as I tried to engage them so I could tell their story. Being a woman in that space at that time was incredibly tough to navigate, …

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The Halo Championship Series in New Orleans was a rambunctious ride of hype and unpredictability. Alongside the players we’ve come to know, there was a lot of fresh blood making big impressions. The New Orleans Convention Center was a decent and VERY well air conditioned venue that came with alligator sausage po’boys and more than enough room for both Halo and Gears fans to enjoy the spectacle. Attendance was a …

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The first time I attended E3 I was a new journalist under the Sugar Gamers handle with the boss lady herself Keisha Howard at my side. We were determined to see and touch everything, eager to bring back the coveted news from the then industry only expo. Over the years we returned with the same vigor as the industry changed and evolved. It was a rush, press appointments with game …

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Announcing a major Sugar Gamers collaboration release that you can get right now – featuring the first published work of fiction written by our intrepid founder and leader, Keisha Howard! Specifically, this release focuses on hip hop, cyberpunk, and tabletop roleplaying games (click here to go right to the bundle). Member of the Sugar Gamers and resident mad scientist, Colin Kyle Kickstarted a tabletop RPG last year he co-created with …

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Hello again SG readers, this is the second installment in my series of interviews with esports professionals that I think you’ll love. Today I bring you one of my favorite commentators from across the pond, Mr. Dan Gaskin. When I met him at Dreamhack Denver, he immediately began talking shop and I received a quite an education so I figured I would pick his brain and share his knowledge with …

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Sugar Gamers readers, please allow me to introduce you to a woman who inspires me as a Halo fan, the utterly fabulous Lena Sänger. This woman flaunts her abundant knowledge of the Haloverse like no one else. She founded Fist of the Unicorn (fistoftheunicorn.com) which is fun romp through all the games she’s been playing along with a healthy dose of Halo fandom. The site also contains all of her Girls Love …

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Columbus, Ohio was home to the North American Regional Finals for the Halo Championship series and it was everything esports fans could hope for. Day one was spent at the Easton Town Center Microsoft Store because there was no room for spectators in the MLG Columbus studio. Some of 343’s finest were in attendance. I was accompanied by some of my favorite cohorts from the Drunken Halo Podcast community. (From …

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It’s not for my sake that I ask this question, I KNOW where we are. I have to ask, like a broken record, the same question because it’s not being taken seriously. I get it, it’s not a fun topic, and games are about having fun. However the esports community is known to be critical and vocal about things they don’t like and often demand change. So I know the …

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Fan entitlement to intellectual properties they don’t own has grown way out of control. From filing petitions so Zack Snyder can never make another superhero movie again to the ten tons of fan art that litter comic conventions, I have HAD IT. This issue has become problematic in all facets of fandom. The Name of The Game Is: “This Isn’t Yours.” This topic has hit an all-time high on my …

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In real life, I am a barely functional snowboarder. I can stay upright for an extended period of time, I can move forward and break as needed MOST of the time. Thanks to the latest backwards compatibility update on the Xbox One I have been reunited with one of my favorite original Xbox games, SSX 3 and I can now be the fantastical snowboarder of my dreams again. I have …

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pro Tekken player Cuddle_Core aka Jeannail Carter is a top-notch representative of the fighting game community's Midwest talent

To my mind, pro Tekken player Cuddle_Core aka Jeannail Carter is a top-notch representative of the fighting game community’s Midwest talent. When I first had the pleasure of meeting her at Frosty Faustings I was blown away by her composure and positive attitude. She’s a ray of sunshine but don’t get blinded by the light, she will dismantle her competition with merciless tact. I am beyond excited that I had …

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HBO partnered up with AT&T and Direct TV to bring a one of a kind fan experience to Chicago’s Westworld fans. We here at Sugar Gamers hosted a giveaway of tickets to the event hosted at AT&T’s flagship store on Michigan Avenue. Naturally when anything geeky goes down in Chicago, the Sugar Gamers will attend in force. As soon as you entered the event, you were faced with a choice. …

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