About

 

Agoners is a website about gaming.

We focus on videogames, but that’s only due to our current interests and it’s certainly not a restriction.

Agoners was originally formed from a combination of Chris Bateman (of Only A Game and International Hobo) and Nathan Dixon (Navan Daughn) encouraging Rik Newman (Remy77077) to put ‘pen to paper’ and share his thoughts amongst a wider audience after he spent a great deal of time discussing his thoughts on gaming with them. Now it’s grown into something much more than that.

Agoners is an attitude to gaming and our thoughts that develop from that. Agoners is for that those that find most of their fun in games as challenges and competition. It’s for those that play for and look for agon in most of their games. Agon is the term coined by Roger Caillois in “Les jeux et les hommes” (Man, Play and Games, published in 1958) to classify games which were played as a competition. Agon is “a sense of struggle, or contest”. Whether we consider hockey, football, chess, sailing or videogames, it’s this aspect of gaming on which we concentrate.

Agoners has previously been described as “musings of hardcore challenge-seeking gamers” and “gaming for the fiero of it”. Fiero is a word used to describe the feeling of ‘triumph over adversity’ which is often seen as the key emotional reward from agonistic play of games.

Agoners has articles that currently fall under the following broad categories:

  • Gaming Design – Including usual ‘game design’, we also look at the wider aspect of the whole gaming environment, including digital distribution systems & communications, social networking, extrinsic rewards, ranking & matchmaking systems, leaderboards, tournaments and communities. We highlight how much these things matter as much as the actual game design itself.
  • E-Sport – Yes it’s a bit of a buzzword, and one that’s hated by some, but one that applies to many of our articles where we discuss various games played to a high level of competition. We treat such competitions as seriously as any sport, and so for now we’re happy to use the phrase “e-sport” to help differentiate from the highly varied common usages of the word “game”.
  • Reviews – Where we review games from an Agoners perspective and attitude, rather than the generic & unfocused reviews you get elsewhere.
  • Musings – Where our thoughts spread to a wider discussion than these other categories.

Agoners is currently written by Rik Newman (Remy77077), Wale (Bleed TheBones) and Nathan Dixon (Navan Daughn, aka lordnaff).

We are very happy for more authors to get involved and contribute directly to the site. If you share our attitude to gaming and would like to discuss any aspect of gaming in the same light – especially if you do not share our particular tastes in games – then do not hesitate to get in touch. 🙂

Agoners Steam Group

Agoners on Twitter

Agoners on Facebook

 

About the Authors:

Rik Newman (Remy77077):

Remy77077 on Steam

Remy77077#2545 on Battle.net

Remy77077 on Capcom Fighters Network (Street Fighter V)

Rik Newman on Facebook

@Remy77077 on Twitter

Rik Newman on Google+

Remy77077 on BoardGameGeek

Remy77077 on Fantasy Strike

Remy77077 on XBox Live

Remy77077 on Kongregate

 

Wale (Bleed TheBones):

 

Nathan Dixon (Navan Daughn):

Navan Daughn on XBox Live

Navan Daughn on Steam

lordnaff on Kongregate

 

 

 

Other Contributors and Thanks:

Every website in our links for inspiring this website and many of it’s articles and continuing to expand our knowledge & interest in games.

All past or current members of “Team Shitty” – Shotty, -Clicky or -Hitty:

Adammk, Amez, Bart, Carl, DeeGruenEnzige, Emily, Fiery Biscuit 8, GrumpyCrumpet, Gyokushin, id0ru, ineedleladybra, Karmoon, Kelly, OtaKing, PlanetRV, Splodge, StealthFaced666, Tschesae, ups55, and Wildpaintings.

All of those who’ve played in Remy77077’s European XBL SF2 HDR Tournaments, especially those who’ve let me know they appreciate it in some way. Thanks guys 🙂

Everyone who’s ever given us a GG over Steam, Battlenet or XBox Live. Cheers!

  2 Responses to “About”

  1. Amazing quote from Ian Bogost that is something very close to what I’ve said in the past too…
    http://bogost.com/writing/swing-copters-the-randomness-of-the-universe-captured-in-pixels/

    “But the very point of a game is that can be more than just a game precisely by virtue of being no more than one”

  2. A really interesting post on the Psychology of Video Games here http://www.psychologyofgames.com/2016/03/learned-helplessness-and-halo-5/ made me wonder if that’s the inverse of an agoners attitude.

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