With the 2019 Overwatch League season having come to a close, it is time for me to look back upon this season and talk about what I enjoyed about this season (and also what I did not). I also want to take a look at the various states of the meta-game throughout the season and also memorable moments throughout the season.
The 2019 season is the first season where I have followed it from start to finish, I got into watching competitive Overwatch nearing the end of the 2018 OWL season (I believe it was the stage 3 playoffs specifically). I will be tying talk of the meta to these time periods as that makes more sense than talking about it in a section of its own.
I will be dividing this post up by preseason, the four stages and ending with the post season.
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One more thing: I’ve never found CDs or cassette tapes to be particularly valued ways of listening to music. CDs, in particular, are a brittle delivery mechanism for music that sounds basically the same as what you’d get from iTunes. This is only a smidge less corny than talking about the warmth of vinyl and the way it friggin breathes; but, for me, a vinyl record is a fantastic way of expressing the personal value of an album.
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This review of Control will contain spoilers, more specifically spoilers about bosses and side quests. So if you do not want to be spoiled on those, this is your warning. I will be placing this warning about the read more tag so you don’t see the whole post on the front page.
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The problem with sending messages was that people responded to them, which meant one had to write more messages in reply.
— Page 128, A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine
I first found out about this book in May of 2019 from Andrew Liptak’s review of it for The Verge. The premise of the book caught my attention and I immediately placed a hold for it in my city’s library system. I was finally able to get my hands on a copy in September of 2019. This book is popular and after having reading it, I can see why.
I cannot recall the last time I wrote a book review and I certainly do not remember if there are any formal structures defined for this sort of writing. So I will make the structure up as I see fit for this review.
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This post was inspired by a essay by Darius Kazemi titled “How to run a small social network for your friends” which I highly encourage you read before you read this.
I will be talking about my own experience in being part of and creating online communities and a lot of Darius’ thoughts on the matter closely reflect how I have grown to think about online communities and their dynamics.
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