Check- In

Hey guys! This is just a check in post to kind of review how my blog has been since I started running it about three months ago.

So here it is! RiftReview has been up and running for a while now and it’s been a fun website to maintain! The weekly assignments have helped broaden my use of digital tools with apps such as pixlr and Audacity. Both of these were tools I had little to no experience with before this class. When I was forced to use them for assignments and had to learn the basics, it opened up my eyes about how difficult photo editing and audio editing really is, and this made me appreciate how talented professional editors are. It also got me interested in using these tools outside of these assignments for personal use.

During the semester I have also been exposed to more of the professional gaming scene through my involvement with Rutgers Esports. I have the opportunity to meet and talk to people who run blogs  that are more legitimate and professional than mine is. Being able to learn from these people would be a great opportunity and one that I hope will come to me in the near future, as I hope other chances to break in Esports will.

How does my Blog compare?

Well now that I’ve been maintaining this blog for almost the entire semester its time to reflect on it and how it compares to other League of Legends blogs. My blog provides a unique perspective on League of Legends than many other blogs do, and I think this because the other League of Legends themed blogs are not made along a class project which makes me analyze League of Legends and this blog from a different point of view. The weekly assignments that require me to use different tools and discuss my experience with them in a League of Legends format makes my blog different, and potentially more interesting, than other League of Legends blogs. If this blog were to be maintained after the class ended I would be able to use it as a way to analyze League of Legends from an academic perspective potentially. I’ve always been interested in understanding what makes people want to play this game, and how it’s managed to grow to have such an immense player base. There is also the idea of how could a team dynamic through an esport differ from a team dynamic in traditional sports, and if there is a difference how can we use the differences to our advantage in those team environments. I never considered myself one to try and be an academic as a career, but if it involved dissecting esports it would be hard to pass that up.