The Hopscotch Experiment

The fun folks at Cut – a media company that makes amusing and/or thought-provoking viral videos – decided to chalk a hopscotch course on a sidewalk in Seattle and secretly film it for 10 hours. It is a joy to watch.

In E-Sports, Video Gamers Draw Real Crowds and Big Money

Next week we are going to read this article from the NYTimes for class


SEATTLE — A bewitching creature — half woman, half deer — battles a shaman and a sentient tree. Lightning bolts strike. Weapons explode. Nasty spells are cast.

The video game Dota 2, like so many across the Internet, transports teams of players from their bedrooms to a verdant virtual world where they smite each other through keyboard and mouse clicks. Except on this sunny day in July, every attack and counterattack by a five-person team set off an eruption of cheers — from the more than 11,000 spectators crammed into this city’s basketball arena.

The contestants were gunning for a big piece of the $11 million in total prize money, the most ever at a games tournament. And the game’s developer, the Valve Corporation, moved another step closer to securing gaming’s legitimacy as a major-league spectator sport.


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