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Emily Richardson

3 years ago

Feature: Pop Flash

Supporting Counter-Strike’s Professional Women

In Pop Flash, a series of insights into Counter-Strike: Global Offensive [official site], Emily Richardson looks past the amazing clutches and crushing defeats to understand the culture and meta of Valve’s everlasting competitive FPS. In comparison to some other games, Counter-Strike is doing pretty well with regard to its female pro scene. The situation is far from perfect - there are still issues both at…

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Feature: Pop Flash

How Counter-Strike: Global Offensive’s Economy Works

In Pop Flash, a series of insights into Counter-Strike: Global Offensive [official site], Emily Richardson looks past the amazing clutches and crushing defeats to understand the culture and meta of Valve’s everlasting competitive FPS. Counter-Strike’s weapon skins are as numerous as they are glamorous. The very best in tactical fashion, they’re bright, they’re weird, they’re occasionally very expensive. Some of us don’t care for them,…

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Feature: Pop Flash

Counter-Strike Global Offensive Guide: Tips For Beginners

In Pop Flash, a series of insights into Counter-Strike: Global Offensive [official site], Emily Richardson looks past the amazing clutches and crushing defeats to understand the culture and meta of Valve’s everlasting competitive FPS. This week I want to go right back to basics. Counter-Stike has been around since 1999, but every week new players log onto the Global Offensive servers. I hope this post…

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Feature: Pop Flash #2

Globally Offensive: Let’s Talk About Abuse in CS:GO

In Pop Flash, a series of insights into Counter-Strike: Global Offensive [official site], Emily Richardson looks past the amazing clutches and crushing defeats to understand the culture and meta of Valve’s everlasting competitive FPS. This week, I’ll be discussing abuse and toxic behaviour in the CS:GO community. Before we get to it, let me reiterate that I am madly in love with Counter-Strike. It’s simply…

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Feature: Pop Flash

How Do You Make A Professional Counter-Strike Map?

In Pop Flash, a new series of insights into Counter-Strike: Global Offensive [official site], Emily Richardson looks past the amazing clutches, crushing defeats and humiliating knives in the face to understand the culture and meta of Valve’s everlasting competitive FPS. Why is it so popular? What the hell is that Scottish guy saying? And why can’t anyone resist opening those damn crates? This week, I…

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4 years ago

Feature: One Year Later

Insurgency Early Access Impressions: What’s It Like Now?

Insurgency is a lot of fun. Following Rich’s great exploratory feature on the highly tactical game last year, I took a look at it for the first time this week and tried to find out more about it, where it’s going and how a year’s further development has shaped it. At its core, Insurgency is a tactical shooter, one that sits between the hardcore realistic…

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5 years ago

Feature: The Sniper Hill Incident

The Saline Bandit: DayZ Diary – Part Four

DayZ is a multiplayer zombie survival sim which, though incomplete, produces anecdotes of drama, desperation and clown mask-wearing weirdos. Emily Richardson has been playing it with a question: can you be a good person in the videogame post-apocalypse? Read parts one, two, three. On the way back to Elektro we meet two New Spawns on the road. They're totally bear, in nothing but t-shirts and…

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Feature: And Lo Thy Bandit Did Come To Thy Church

The Saline Bandit: DayZ Diary – Part Three

DayZ is a multiplayer zombie survival sim which, though buggy and incomplete, produces anecdotes of drama, desperation and clown mask-wearing weirdos. Emily Richardson has been playing it with a question: can you be a good person in the videogame post-apocalypse? Start with part one. We're a team of four heading straight for the city of Cherno. We have another survivor to pick up and we…

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Feature: A Not-So-Helpful Hold-Up

The Saline Bandit: DayZ Diary – Part Two

DayZ is a multiplayer zombie survival sim which, though buggy and incomplete, produces anecdotes of drama, desperation and clown mask-wearing weirdos. Emily Richardson has been playing it with a question: can you be a good person in the videogame post-apocalypse? Read part one here. I've started a new life in DayZ and I'm determined that this one isn't going to kill anyone. I've already lost…

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Feature: Blood Confusion

The Saline Bandit: DayZ Diary – Part One

DayZ is a multiplayer zombie survival sim which, though buggy and incomplete, produces anecdotes of drama, desperation and clown mask-wearing weirdos. Emily Richardson has been playing it with a question: can you be a good person in the videogame post-apocalypse? I’m waiting behind a big green house in the grass, watching the city below me from my little hill. It’s my second time in DayZ,…

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