Top eSports Reads
- Raising the Stakes by T.L. Taylor
- Mastery by Robert Greene
- gameboys by Michael Kane
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Get Serious... Read a Book!
Many people believe that the only way that they can get better at video games is by playing more games however this simply isnt the case. The truth of the matter is that if you are going to be serious about getting good at anything there are some basic tools that you can use to truly take your game to the next level.
What did Charles Darwin, middling schoolboy and underachieving second son, do to become one of the earliest and greatest naturalists the world has known? What were the similar choices made by Mozart and by Caesar Rodriguez, the U.S. Air Force's last ace fighter pilot? In Mastery, Robert Greene's fifth book, he mines the biographies of great historical figures for clues about gaining control over our own lives and destinies. Picking up where The 48 Laws of Power left off, Greene culls years of research and original interviews to blend historical anecdote and psychological insight, distilling the universal ingredients of the world's masters.
Temple Grandin, Martha Graham, Henry Ford, Buckminster Fuller—all have lessons to offer about how the love for doing one thing exceptionally well can lead to mastery. Yet the secret, Greene maintains, is already in our heads. Debunking long-held cultural myths, he demonstrates just how we, as humans, are hardwired for achievement and supremacy.
The first, and most basic, way to improve your game is to read a book. For eSports I think this tactic is the most underutilized because of the broadness of competitive gaming. One thing that the gaming industry struggles with is stability. Gamers are notoriously fickle which makes the time and effort required to write and publish a book on any specific game quite a gamble for the author as well as any potential publishing company. The result is that there haven't been very many books published on how to be "good" at video games. This contrasts starkly with traditional sports whos stability may be argued to be rooted in culture. Many sports such as Soccer, Chess and the Martial Arts are passed down as part of a large culture.
Part of the goal of this website is to overcome some of these challenges that eSports presents to its players which is why we provide not only game specific content but resources that support general gaming improvement. If you take a look at the list of Top eSports Reads you will find a couple of great resources for insight into how to be a better player. One read which comes highly recommended is "Mastery" by Robert Greene. Mastery wasn't written with gaming in mind but just about every chapter has principles that can be tied to being a better gamer.
Reading books, guides and other eSports literature will give you an advantage that few other gamers have. So what's so special about reading? Can't I just watch Pro Streams? Video games are just like any other sport, just because you can watch the pros play it on television doesn't you know how, when, or why to replicate there actions in your own game. Written guides are special because they represent a conscious effort by the author to teach a set of principles or skills. The author has to anticipate the challenges of the reader and address them directly. The difference between watching a World Finals match and reading a book written by a world class player is the same as the difference between watching the World Cup and having a world class soccer player coach you directly. There is simply no substitute for personalized coaching, and the more personalized you can get it the more effective it will be and the more quickly and more dramatically your game will improve.
I don't know about you, but I personally have always hated reading. I'm a slow reader and It just takes to long for me to feel like i'm getting anywhere. When you couple that with the fact that im too lazy to go the book store and buy a book then book reading just doesn't feel like a reasonable activity. However, I just discovered audio books and it has changed the whole game. There are readily available as easy to download as music and cost the same amount if not LESS than a regular book. Robert Greenes book has an audio book version that is top notch so thats a definitely a plus.
Reading is one of the quickest and easiest ways to drastically improve your game especially if you get the right books. Robert Greene's Mastery is the right book, so what are you waiting for? Get serious. Read a Book.
Game Specific Reads
League of Legends - AP Kogmaw Guide: One of the best LoL guides on the web. Get an in-depth look at how to play and WIN with playing AP Kog.
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