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Miles Hackett
Content Creator

Bio

Producer, editor and co-host of 'What Is'. Siege, Overwatch and Rocket League are totally my bag. Combat sports, soccer and TV/movie junkie.
Games: Overwatch
Twitter: @miles_hackett
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What is Camping? The Cowardly Act Tormenting Gamers for Decades
Camping – you either love it, or you hate it. In real life, it’s the act of hunkering down with a tent in a quiet, secluded area to marvel at nature’s glory. But in gaming the act is...
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What is a Tier List? Gaming's Gospel Word or Bullshit Opinions?
Since the beginning of competitive gaming, there have been tier lists. They weren’t as formal as they are now, but they did exist. Think back to playing games with your friends when you...
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What is Hacking? How Harmless Pranksters Became Gaming's Gutless Cheaters
In a world where the most popular video games are online, there exists a better class of criminal. Rogues who refuse to play by the digitally-coded rules. Villains who can be as absurd as...
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What is Lakad Matatag? The Filipino Meme that Helped OG Win The International
There are certain caster calls in esports that have passed into legend. And while all of them might be hype as hell and inseparably tied to the events they described, there is only one...
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What is Techies? How EG Weaponized Dota's Greatest Meme Hero at TI
Techies. The name alone evokes a certain kind of reaction. On-top of being the most rage-inspiring character in Dota, Techies is the troll pick that all others wish they could be. So what...
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What is the FGC? How Hype, Sweat and Tears Saved Gaming’s Oldest Scene
The FGC might be the most incredible institution in competitive gaming and over the years, it’s given esports’ some of its most memorable moments. But where did this scene with such a...
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What is BM? The Salty Story of Disrespect in Esports
From the moment we enter the world, we’re taught to treat others as we'd like to be treated. But the truth is, always playing nice can get boring, and occasionally a dash of disrespect...
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Team Killing: Learning to Live with Betrayal in Gaming and Esports
Team killing can be found in everything. From first person shooters, to real-time strategy games, to Battle Royales, to even MOBAs like League of Legends. But where did this taboo...
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How F@#!ed Up Glitches Changed Gaming Forever
Glitches are one of the most annoying things that can happen to you in a video game. And nothing is more frustrating than having your experience ruined by someone who has figured out how...
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What is Cyka Blyat? How a Russian Expletive Became CS:GO's Preeminent Meme
Let’s be honest. When things are going badly in game, we all express our frustrations differently. But rage isn’t something bound by borders and languages, and if you’ve ever shared a...
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What is a Skin? The Incredible Impact of Gaming's Strange and Addictive Cosmetics
You might not realize it, but skins are secretly one of the most important, complicated things in gaming right now. They’re the lifeblood that’s pumping through your favorite titles,...
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What is an Easter Egg? The Endless Hunt for Gaming's Secret, Hidden Treasures
How many games have you beaten? No, I mean, really beaten. I’m talking about ones that you’ve invested countless hours in, turning over every stone, poring over every pixel, looking for...
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What is Inting? The Blurry Line Between Trolling and Being Trash
If you want to get better at League of Legends, you’ll need a few qualities. You'll have to be dedicated, patient, and driven by an insatiable hunger to learn and improve. But not...
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What is Leeroy Jenkins? How a Joke Among Friends Birthed an Internet Legend
Imagine it’s 2005 and you’re sitting in your college dorm room after a night of drinking 40s, about to login into World of Warcraft. Your exams are done and now it’s time to fuck up some...
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What is Power Creep? How an Unstoppable Disease Might Be Infecting Your Game
It’s already infected your favourite game, and there’s nothing you can do about it. It’s something that you’ll see people constantly complaining about online, but many don’t know what it...
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What is Observing? The Unsung Heroes of Esports Broadcasting
To your average outsider, esports can be intimidating to watch. But even if you can wrap your head around the onscreen nonsense, none of that matters if you’re not given a chance to...
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What is a Hitbox? A Look at Gaming's Infamous, Invisible Scapegoats
Do you ever feel like you shouldn’t have gotten hit? Do you ever think, “no, I definitely hit him.” Do you ever unload an entire magazine on a prone character and somehow miss every shot?...
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What is Jigglypuff? And Is She Really Killing Melee?
When you first boot-up a new Smash Game, there are probably a few characters you’re drawn to immediately.There’s Mario, you know him. Maybe you pick Link, he’s always there. But there’s...
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What is Chicken? The Story Behind Counter-Strike's Absurd, Unofficial Mascot
Every game needs a mascot. League of Legends has Teemo, Rainbow Six has Tachanka, and Dota 2 has GabeN. Sure, those aren’t the mascots chosen by the publishers themselves, but fans will...