Lion of the Blogosphere

It pays to play Overwatch

A 17-year-old kid signs a contract for $150,000/year salary, plus bonus-sharing. Not a bad salary for a 17 at all. But what is the kid going to do in a few years when he becomes too old to win at videogames (or when Overwatch is loses popularity and he’s too old to learn a new videogame?

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Meanwhile, I suck so badly at this game. My skill rank stays in the 500 level. I think it recently dipped below 500 again.

Maybe in the next update, when Mercy is going to be improved, she will become so powerful that I can play her and rise in the skill ranks.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

September 11, 2017 at 3:55 pm

Posted in Nerdy stuff

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  1. The new problem those who grew up with video-games will face: Aging out of multiplayer real-time based games (such as shooters) where reflexes matter.

    Also look up the concept of “elo hell.” (The term describes the claim that it’s possible to start out with a low skill rating and then subsequently keep getting matched with people equally as bad as you as both opponents and teammates, a fact which doesn’t help your own improvement at the game. )

    Gurney Halleck

    September 11, 2017 at 4:24 pm

  2. Jay Won, huh? Just another data point in Peterike’s flawless theory that Asian immigration will do more to destroy America than all the Mexicans ever will (not that we need them either).


    September 11, 2017 at 4:45 pm

    • How does an Asian kid playing videogames hurt America? I’m more worried about black immigrants joining street gangs.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      September 11, 2017 at 4:50 pm

      • Importing a high IQ class of tribal people to compete with you for high status and financially rewarding careers and positions of power is not a smart idea.


        September 11, 2017 at 7:02 pm

      • @jjbees, yes, we shouldn’t import people who have nothing in common with the historical America to take cognitive-elite jobs over native-born Americans, any more than we should import low-IQ third worlders.

        Wasn’t it on this blog that I first saw someone point out that once an Indian makes management at an IT company, he preferentially hires other Indians?


        September 11, 2017 at 8:04 pm

      • Would pro videogames even be a big thing without Asians? It seems like it’s mainly supported by Asians and white nerds and Asian countries like Korea which have been into pro videogames for a long time.


        September 11, 2017 at 10:06 pm

      • What’s wrong with Asians and white nerds? Nerds are people too. Without nerds to invent stuff, we’d still be in the stone ages.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        September 11, 2017 at 10:32 pm

      • I wasn’t putting them down. I was wondering whether there’d be a large pro videogame ecosystem with high salaries if there weren’t lots of Asians playing and being fans of pro videogames.


        September 11, 2017 at 11:33 pm

      • One of the most useless, overpaid, occupations dominated by an ethnic group with a paucity of achievements in America:


        At least professional parasites such as lawyers and accountants get to use their brains.

        I’d say, cut their salaries so the gov’t can create more fake work that requires thought, instead of loafing around at the firehouse with much ado about nothing. It’s time for proles get a remedial education.

        Ever peep through a firehouse in New York City?

        You can see firemen sitting in front of the trucks with their legs open and watching people, especially young women when they pass by.


        September 12, 2017 at 11:34 am

      • All the firemen are white. And they get to take it easy in recompense for the fact that when there’s actually a fire, they risk their lives.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        September 12, 2017 at 12:23 pm

      • Like most major Northeastern cities, the bulk of the firefighters are Irish. Although this is gradually changing in places like NYC.

        What are Irish proles known for, besides the police, firehoses and watering holes?

        At least, guidos give us tasty food from Italian gourmets to pizzerias.

        And Jewish proles give us delis and lawyering.


        September 12, 2017 at 2:08 pm

  3. Bannon is targeting Flake, Heller, Corker and Wicker (who?) for extermination in next year’s Senate primaries:

    Cancer will be exterminating McCain for us or shortly, so that leaves Flake, Graham, Sasse, McConnell, Tillis, and G-d knows how many others in 2020. Rubio we’ll have to take out in 2022. We’re going to need to get rid of Lankford, Isaacson and Hatch but I don’t know what year they are up for re-election. In total we are hoping to exterminate 13 establishment GOP Senators and we should be able to replace most of them, maybe all of them, with Trumpists. The Democrats will exterminate Cory Gardner in CO for us. Senile Cochran will be gone in 2020 no matter what.

    We need more Trumpists in the House but really the House isn’t as big a deal because only Ryan is holding us back there. Many GOPe guys will be retiring or getting voted out in 2018 so if we just primary out a few anti Trump cucks and add some other Trumpists, Ryan should see the writing on the wall and retire after 2020. The Senate is where we need a total purge.

    The reaction on DKos is a mixture of “this will be great for the Democrats!” or “The GOP establishment will not allow this!”. These idiots have learned nothing from 2016.

    Otis the Sweaty

    September 11, 2017 at 4:55 pm

    • I’m still fuming over how the establishment conspired with Democrats to steal the primary for Cochran. That more than anything really set me against the GOPe. I want them exterminated as badly as you do.


      September 11, 2017 at 11:46 pm

    • Outstanding.

      Two in the Bush

      September 12, 2017 at 5:50 pm

  4. Probably as educational overall as the two year missionary stint all Mormon teens take and unlike them he’ll have a couple hundred grand to show for it.


    September 11, 2017 at 5:35 pm

  5. Supreme Court! I will report on the NeoGaf butthurt as it comes online.

    Otis the Sweaty

    September 11, 2017 at 6:41 pm

  6. I find your closing on the Ladino thread in response to anti-semitic bullying very wrong and outrageous. This you can’t blame on your mother or your Rabbi for. I’m very angry and am going to boycott you.


    September 11, 2017 at 6:42 pm

    • He closed a thread I was having a discussion on a few weeks ago. I found it obnoxious.


      September 11, 2017 at 11:33 pm

  7. >>But what is the kid going to do in a few years when he becomes too old to win at videogames (or when Overwatch is loses popularity and he’s too old to learn a new videogame?

    That’s the same silly question posed to black youth who excel at sports, and who forego college to cash in while they have the skills that warrant somebody paying them millions of dollars. Any jackss can go to college, or return to college. The best tactic always is to cash in while the money is there. Worry about your education later. It’s a helluva light nicer going to college when you already have a couple of hundred grand in the bank.


    September 11, 2017 at 7:19 pm

    • I was just going to answer that. I would also add that esports, unlike real sports, isn’t going to destroy your body or mind.

      Hieronymus of Canada

      September 11, 2017 at 9:53 pm

    • some do, lol but i doubt its typical for them at all. i know an ugly ass guy who lives a block from me who streams LoL on twitch and he has no groupies to speak of at all. all those pro e-sports dweebs look hilarious in those outfits that make them look like NASCAR drivers or something.

      james n.s.w

      September 13, 2017 at 7:49 am

  8. The biggest problem with Asian grinds is that they crowd out potential game-changers from the resources the latter need to achieve their breakthroughs. Instead of the next William Shockley or Nikola Tesla getting that Harvard lab or corporate R&D team-lead position, it goes to an Asian grind whose greatest accomplishment was and ever will be grinding out better test scores, grades, and other proxies for achievement rather than, you know, actually achieving anything.

    Wang Hu(?)

    September 11, 2017 at 7:45 pm

    • In the words of lion, the Asian grind excels at zero sum achievement.

      This is why Asian takeover of high status elite positions in America is so galling.


      September 12, 2017 at 9:42 am

    • Not to mention plagiarized doctorates. My father had his patent copied entirely and presented as a EE doctorate in Taiwan in the late 90’s. Do doctoral advisors have time to check the originality of every research effort?

      A Dilettante

      September 13, 2017 at 1:54 am

  9. I don’t object to a little gaming. But what people do now is excessive, We shouldn’t encourage that. Boys should be playing sports or something.


    September 11, 2017 at 11:32 pm

  10. It pays …. very badly. There are 30 millions players. If this guy is in the top 10, he is at a 1 in 3 Million level. For most mental activity, somme 1000 less good, would earn manyfold more money. I wonder how it correlated with IQ. I was quite surprised to discover that chess and IQ have such a low – 0.30 – correlation, meaning the top 100 people have an average 125 IQ. Pumpkin said Der Spiegel paid an IQ test to be given to Kasparov and he was 135.
    The reason is that you need to “rote” learn between 100k and 300k to perform and rote learning is the mental ability whose correlation with IQ is the lower (0.1).
    It woud be interesting to know if this game correlates higly with performance IQ (visuo motor coordination) or if it s also rote memory about all circunstances happening.


    September 12, 2017 at 2:21 am

    • First-person shooters seem to be the frattiest/least nerdy gaming hobby. Also the only genre that Americans seem to be best at. In my experience, a lot of guys who were good at sports in HS got into first-person shooters in college. I also know a guy, a real man’s man, over the age of 50 who never played video games until he discovered first-person shooters a few years ago. He’s probably terrible at them, like Lion, but still enjoys them.

      I think fighting games might also appeal to a frattier crowd, though today they’re more niche.

      If anyone is familiar with the “Who bitch dis is?” video:

      … it’s actually a fascinating sight: a gaming tournament containing white men (including what looks like at least 1 Jew), Asian men, and a number of black men. I don’t think you’ll see blacks in numbers at any other sort of gaming tournament. Might say something about the physical coordination needed.


      September 12, 2017 at 8:16 am

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