Dustin Browder  Tagged Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Dustin Browder  RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network Dustin Browder Steps Down as Heroes Director; Alan Dabiri to Take Over https://www.gameskinny.com/3djxi/dustin-browder-steps-down-as-heroes-director-alan-dabiri-to-take-over https://www.gameskinny.com/3djxi/dustin-browder-steps-down-as-heroes-director-alan-dabiri-to-take-over Fri, 09 Dec 2016 04:42:14 -0500 Lydia M

With progression of major titles comes transitions.  And on Thursday, Heroes of the Storm director Dustin Browder announced he will be stepping down from his lead position. Heroes technical director, Alan Dabiri, will be replacing him. 

2017 will be a huge year for Heroes of the Storm, given the revamp of their eSports division, extensions from the newly introduced brawl mode, and more and more heroes added every couple of weeks. Dabiri is no stranger to these additions, as he was key component in the creation of the Heroes Brawl mode.

But Brawl won't be his only focus as he takes the lead chair. Dabiri tells Polygon he has big plans for the eSports scene as well.

We’re adding a tournament draft mode with draft observer support. It’s been a long time coming, and we’ll be glad to finally get this into the game. This also includes an early version of a ‘hero swap’ phase to support eSports in custom games.

Dabiri goes on to say the team will continue to look into in-game match spectating as well. 

Browder has been an important voice in the Heroes community as a strong connection between the corporate side of HotS and the true fans of the game. With Twitter response marathons for virtually any question under the sun, to game updates and a look inside the developer team, his shoes will certainly be difficult to fill. 

He took time in his announcement to show respect for the game he's been lead of for three years. 

The Heroes of the Storm team is one of the best game teams I have ever had the honor of serving on. I cannot believe how much work and love went into turning what started as a tiny mod into the epic experience that it has become today. And the team just continues to pour their passion, dedication, and expertise into patches, updates, and awesome new game features. 2017 is going to be a huge year for Heroes of the Storm, with new Heroes, Battlegrounds, a massive progression update, improvements to our ladder and matchmaking systems, new social systems, new Brawls, and more.

Browder will be staying in the Blizzard family, but it's unclear what project he'll be working on next.

Intelligent Casual Gaming: eSports Options for Noobs https://www.gameskinny.com/o9jsp/intelligent-casual-gaming-esports-options-for-noobs https://www.gameskinny.com/o9jsp/intelligent-casual-gaming-esports-options-for-noobs Wed, 25 Dec 2013 13:49:23 -0500 I.B. Loud

I admit it.  I am a girl an older woman who likes to play games!  Match 3s have been my usual passion, but the level of strategic thinking is just a little repetitive.  Recently, with my newly received Hearthstone beta key, I have discovered TCGs.  

However, neither of these games allow for me to compete against or play with my friends directly.  Comparing scores loses its luster after about a week, and battling faceless random players just doesn't give the same satisfaction as beating your boyfriend into submission.

Boyfriend and girlfriend playing games Copyright: Shutterstock

Can you imagine my excitement when Gods of Mayhem Founder, Hernunnos, introduced me to League of Legends!  Here's a game with strategy, team play, competition and leveling up all in the same experience. Oh yeah, excitement tuned into a horrifying game play experience that, to this very day, leaves me shaking every time I even think about trying to play.  

So, since Heroes of the Storm developers announced their desire to lower toxicity in the game environment, especially for new users, I have been chomping at the bit to get involved with anything having to do with getting the word out about Heroes of the Storm to us "casual" gamers.

But what is a "casual" gamer anyway?

Hardcore gamer vs Casual gamer

"A casual gamer is someone who plays video games for about 0 to 7 hours a week," said Rich from GameXCape. "Any more than that would make you a hardcore gamer."

In order to be considered competitive, or eSports worthy, why do all gamers have to be hardcore?  Why can't there be tournaments or an eSport for "casual" gamers?  

Sites like Virgin Gaming hope their service will make more casual users interested in signing up for a service that makes it easier for them to compete with their friends (or at least friendlier opponents).  What's the payoff to being a troll anyway?

League of Legends Troll

Games like Heroes of the Storm that offer both really dynamic gameplay to experienced players, as well as a welcoming experience for completely new players will definitely be the turning point in eSports.