As the 2018 Dota 2 season kicks off, controversy had already begun to swirl around streamers who broadcast or commentate matches from tournaments they aren't running. While Valve has responded to the issue, the answers ended up being more vague than some had hoped.
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Steam is perhaps the most monolithic gaming platform, the PC's biggest show in town by a long shot. It's also a multi-layered mess of systems and ideas, a Frankenstein UI (FrankenstUIn) assembled from limbs and tissue whose purposes are dimly remembered at best. It annoys the piss out of me sometimes, is what I'm saying.
Back in the dial-up days, when it came to taking out Ts and CTs, you made do with an IBM Model M keyboard and Honeywell disc mouse. Over the last decade or so, peripherals that glow like psychedelic double-rainbows and sound like 50-cal. machine guns are all the rage. And the settings you can tweak -- DPI, mouse sensitivity, USB rate... being a pro Counter-Strike player requires tuning your gadgets and now you can benefit from their knowledge.
The International 7 has come and gone, crowning a new victor in Team Liquid along the way. Whether you were on the ground in Seattle at the Key Arena or watching from home, there were plenty of sights and sounds to take in, as well as a few good signs.