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Indie Houses and the Future of Indie Games

Indie games are awesome. Watching a creator or small team make something totally unique usually results in an amazing game. But do you know what is even better? When independent developers and publishers come together to showcase these  incredible games and raise money for worthy causes. In the past few years,…
Cooper Marshall
September 17, 2021
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UPDATED: A Day Off Twitch, Twitch Files Against Raiders

On September 1st, Streamers took a stand against Twitch, the popular streaming platform, as they grappled with hate raids. Twitch Streamer SwiftIke plays Mario64 Hate raids occur when people create accounts en masse, and then use these accounts to spout hateful things at creators, specifically minority and LGBT creators. They…
Silas Bales
September 15, 2021
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OU Gaming Club From the Perspective Of A Non-Gamer

"This past weekend, I had a unique opportunity to participate with the OU Gaming Club." Anita Ly, OU MBA alumna and self-declared non-gamer, shares her perspective as a non-gamer but avid supporter of the OU Esports Department and Gaming Club. Left to right: Zachary Satz, Brandon Villarreal, Christopher Nguyen, and…
Derek Snow
September 10, 2021
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Valorant Masters Berlin: The Breakdown

The third and final Valorant Masters event of the 2021 season is assuredly upon us, set to take place September 10-19th at the Verti Music Hall in Berlin, Germany. As the last major tournament before the global finale of the 2021 Valorant Champions tours, Masters Berlin will feature 15 teams…
Devon Moseley
September 9, 2021
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State of Esports & Gaming at OU – Fall 2021 Edition

Last year was transformative for OU's esports and gaming developments with three major milestones. First, the departmentalization of the OU Esports Club into "Esports & Co-Curricular Innovation" housed in the Division of Student Affairs through the endorsement and elevation of Dr. David Surratt, the VP of Student Affairs and Dean…
Mike "Moog" Aguilar
August 12, 2021
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So You Want to Play With Culture?

Back in 2017, as a former mariachi violinist living near the US-Mexico border, I was shocked to see Mario playing guitar while wearing Mexican outfits. At first, I thought that someone like me who was living in the middle of these two countries could use the game to reconnect with…
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The Potential of Esports at the Olympics

to the world stage, after a year's delay due to Covid-19. They are happening now in Tokyo, Japan. There are so many amazing events to watch! For everyone around the world, sports fans or not, it’s a time to set aside our differences and watch the best of the best…
Silas Bales
August 2, 2021
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The Future of Collegiate Esports

The clicking of the keyboards, the bright LEDs shining in the competitor's faces, the screams of excited fans and spectators, this is all part of what makes top-level esports special. But at the collegiate level, there’s a different story to tell. Unlike the professional scene, the room for growth collegiate…
Silas Bales
July 23, 2021
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Student Spotlight: Kara Brightwell

talks about her history with OU Esports, the importance of the organization, and the impact of charity at a local level. Originally a casual member, Kara "Kelbright" Brightwell would become a key player in developing important charitable events and connections. Kelbright's events were prolific, especially for only having the resources…
Derek Snow
May 13, 2021
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The Return of E3

After taking a break from the public event last year, E3 is returning this summer in full force. The Electronics Entertainment Expo (E3) is a celebration of gaming that takes places at the beginning of the summer each year, dating all the way back to 1995. However, after the coronavirus…
Silas Bales
April 23, 2021
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Red Bull Campus Clutch Comes to Oklahoma

by Red Bull aims to support university students and elevate them at the worldwide stage.Riot Games’s hit new shooter, Valorant, gets its biggest collegiate tournament yet. Although Valorant is one of the newest esports titles on the scene, it is already making waves as one of the most popular. Now,…
Derek Snow
April 1, 2021
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Balancing in Competitive Games

Balancing in competitive gaming is a delicate act. It is a constant struggle to bring a giant community to the consensus that a game is fair, and this takes consistent time and effort. It is a difficult topic to consider for developers and players alike. This is mostly due to…
Matthew Hurt
March 25, 2021
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Ludwig’s Never Ending Stream

Many people wish that they were a big streamer. I mean, it’s the dream right? Playing video games for money and engaging with a fun and lively community. Many have even heard and been interested in a 24 hour stream, where you live on stream for an entire day, but…
Silas Bales
March 23, 2021