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Stream, blogs and more!

What is up guys! It’s been way too long since my last blog post, almost 2 months, and I do apologize for that! There has been a whole lot been going on, and I’ve been kept quite busy, but no more! So as I said, a lot of stuff has been going on, and one of them is indeed that I am now able to stream! For this I can ‘thank’ two things… First of all, my new computer. I bought it end of August, but since I was stuck in the Faroe Islands I was unable to get it home, unless i paid shit loads for transfer. So it was stuck in Denmark for around two weeks, until I finally went and picked it up. Which leads me to the 2nd reason I’m able to stream. I picked up my computer as I was moving to Malmö, Sweden! So why is me moving to Sweden a reason for me to stream you might ask, well.. It has great internet connection! Like seriously, my internet connection was increased tenfold, which means I now have a 100/10 Mbps (don’t worry, I’ll upgrade as soon as I have some extra money!). So if you haven’t already, then by all means come by my stream, http://www.twitch.tv/epiclary, and hang out! Don’t make me talk to myself all day, people find me crazy as it is already!

So what else has happened? Well, as I said, I moved to Sweden. No reason for it though, but I have lived in Denmark for 3 years already, and when I moved back to the Faroe Islands, it all just became so dull, and Sweden really didn’t seem like all that bad an option, so here I am! Currently picking up on my Swedish lessons, and well.. playing games.. so that’s basically my life in Sweden right now – not so bad if you ask me!

I think being in Sweden has made a lot more possible for me. Yeah, it might have been able in Denmark as well, but it just seems so much easier in Sweden. First of all eSport is huge in Sweden, and there is a lot more activity here than in Denmark. I’m planning to soak up as much of it as possible, starting with Dreamhack Winter ’13 in November. I’m also planning to get a lot more done, in terms of blogging, streaming and uploads to YouTube, but I just have to figure out the details on that part.

Stream: This is where I want to get the most active… I want to figure out if I can have a certain streaming schedule, and if I should stick to one game most of the time, or have certain days for certain games. As it looks like now, League of Legends is the game that I’m most likely to stream the most, followed by World of Warcraft, but there are still a lot of games I want to play and re-play!

YouTube: I need to figure out how I do about this. I want to get some uploads going on YouTube, but I’m not sure if I should take it directly from the streams and just upload my broadcast. This would be so much easier, since it’s two birds with one stone – however if there is any activity in chat it might seem a bit weird to watch it on YouTube. But on the other hand, if I record it locally and then upload it, then I’m not sure how I should do it… Ah the decisions I have to make!

Blog: I really want to get back into “serious” blogging. There was a period where I had at least one post a week, and I do want to do that again. So this is a promise, mostly for myself, but you can keep me at it, that I’ll have at least one gaming related post a week, whether it’s a YouTube upload post, or just ranting about something, I’ll have 1 post up each week (let’s aim for every Wednesday shall we?)!

Hmm… that is the most exciting stuff happening at the moment I think… Well… I am working on a project with my brother, but I don’t think I’ll say too much about that at the moment, since it hasn’t been started just yet, but don’t worry, I’ll keep you updated on that!

Right, I do think that was all for now though, I’ll be back on Wednesday!


League of Legends at the Olympics

OlympicFor not too long ago it was announced that League of Legneds was finally deemed a professional sport, which means players could now get working visas for the United States. And this was huge for League of Legends and eSport as a whole.

But as if that was not enough: P4RGaming announced yesterday that it was accepted and announced for the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro!

We spoke with the Jacques Rogge, current president of the International Olympics Committee, as to why they allowed this eSport to make it into the Olympics.

“We needed a way to make the Olympics more accessible for young people,” said Rogge via his translator, “The sad part is, youth these days do not have the interest or capability to take up other Olympic sports. By introducing the League of Legends as a sport, we hope to rejuvenate the Olympics and maybe get some more youth interested in other Olympic sports like weightlifting or handball.”

 

Okay.. now before I move on, let me just take my time to calm you down and reassure you that this is NOT an actual thing, there is no League of Legends or any other video game for the Olympics. After P4RGaming released this announcement I dug in to find some source or other websites having the same news, but without luck. They were the only one who had this breaking news, (although a lot of people and websites quoted them on this). So I did a bit of research on them and it turns out that P4RGaming is 100% satire. It’s very well written, and if you don’t know them and only stumbled upon them once or twice you might actually believe what they are writing, I know I did!

But anyway… what if this was actually true? I mean… sure, the IOC would never agree to let a video game become an Olympic sport, but what if? Even if it’s just a troll post, there is some truth in it. eSport, believe it or not, actually requires a whole lot of physical exercise. Yeah okay, you don’t need to be able to lift 70kg or run a marathon to click a mouse or keyboard, but it is exhausting to sit through those gaming sessions and be 100% focused, just like chess. And come on.. if curling can be called a sport then sure eSport can as well!

I had a post, many many moons ago, where there was a podcast that discussed the matter – should eSport me at the Olympics? Back then I said yes, and I sure as hell still do. Bringing this topic to the table and discuss it would in everyone’s interest: the game developers get more attention, the gamers and gaming community gets more recognition and the rest of the world gets to see what all the fuzz is about.
If this was to happen, I’m sure it would bring a whole new crowd to the Olympics –  there is a huge, huge group of people who are not interested in sport what so ever, let alone the Olympics.

Even though this would probably never happen, I’m sure this could subject could give a lot of positive feedback to the gaming community, and maybe some of the big media companies could start cover eSport, so that the people who are dedicated to it could actually make a living of it.eSports2

My head was filled with thoughts on the subject, and I wanted to write it all down, but somehow I just started to ramble near the end, but I hope you get my point!


World of Warcraft as a competitive game?

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As a long term World of Warcraft player I am sad to see where the game is today, and by that I mean the fact that less and less people are playing it. Blizzard recently released the subscription numbers and it was around 8 millions subscribers world wide (Still the biggest MMORPG by far), but it’s quite a drop from the glorious days of 2010 when there were 12 million players.

Personally I don’t understand why this drop in numbers has hit the game. Blizzard has really made a lot of improvement to the game and added loads and loads of new features in the past years, such as rated battlegrounds, looking for group system and not to mention the pet battle! Yeah, some might say that the game has become too easy, that in Vanilla and The Burning Crusade you needed lots more skills and whatnot to even have a chance to finish up the end game raids, and I do agree to a certain extent, but I don’t believe that’s what “killed” World of Warcraft. What I believe gave the game a massive blow are 3 things:

Heirlooms:
With people running around with heirlooms at any level in the game has had a huge impact on it. Everyone runs around with heirlooms, whether it be in the instances, the battlegrounds or questing. You no longer need to get that one helmet that will help you out. You no longer need to farm Scarlet Monastery to get Morgraines’s mighty Mace. No, you got it all from level one. By farming a little bit of instances/battlegrounds on your main you’re able to give your new character whatever gear you need from level 1. Levelling a new character has become ridiculously easy… I mean, I still remember when I levelled my main, it took me several months to get from 1-70 and it was an amazing feeling when I finally made it. Now levelling is just something that has to be done to get to the farming process at level 90.

Flying in Azeroth:
This is something that I’ve hated from the start, why would they add this feature? Sure, you can get from Stormwind to Scholomance in no time… great! But why?! Yeah, I remember when I had to get a group from Shadowfang Keep and we had to decide who went to summon the rest of the group.. Now that was a hell of a walk, which most often ended with 2-3 ganks, but it had its charm, as our dear friend Bilbo Baggins would have said “I’m going on an adventure!”. Yes, I do realise that flying in Azeroth is for the high levels, so it wouldn’t have had any impact on me running to Shadowfang Keep, but my point still stands.
Another thing with the flying in Azeroth is that you rarely see anyone more. There is no interaction with other players, especially not cross faction. I’m sure that most of the people that played in “the good old days” remember the endless ganks and ganking in zones like Strangelthorn Vale and Hillsbrad Foothills and it was FUN, even if you were the one ganked. All you see now is, if you’re lucky, a player flying somewhere high above. It starts to feel like you’re playing alone.

And arguably the BG/Instance queue system:
So this pretty much goes with the flying in Azeroth thingie. You don’t have to go out there. You don’t have to interact with people. You queue up, you kill some mobs and then never see the group again. I don’t know the locations for half the dungeons any more… Where the hell is the Siege of Niuzao Temple?! I don’t bloody know, because I don’t have to! All I need to do is to hit that lovely queue button and some magic happens and I’m in a group. Lovely right? No, because this group might as well have been an AI, no one is talking, there is no communication whatsoever.
When people had to run out to find the dungeons it added a lot more… life.. to the game, you saw a lot more players around. Same goes for the Battleground instances. I miss the days when people gathered in Stormwind Keep to queue up. There was always a lot of talking and people showing of their newly acquired PvP gear. There was a gathering point for like minded players.

ihealalotIhealalot, the greatest Paladin in The Burning Crusade era, misses the good old days

Now, I don’t know what Blizzard should do to make up for this fatal mistakes. You cannot simply remove the features, it doesn’t work like that. But I might have a few ideas that could help out. Or at least I wish it would. But here is my favourite one:

Competitive play:For those of you who have read my blogs know that I love the eSport scene, and I believe World of Warcraft has a lot of potential. In both aspects of the game, PvE and PvP.

PvP
I love the idea to see a better PvP competitive scene. Admittedly I don’t watch the arena sections and I find the insanely dull. But I honestly believe that if Blizzard put a team together to work out a tournament for battlegrounds it would have a massive success. The eSport scene has the great 1v1 games (Starcraft 2), it has the 3v3 (WoW Arena) and then it has the 5v5 (League of Legends and DOTA2). But it doesn’t have the huge 10v10, or even 15v15 if you dare. Yeah, it might be insanely difficult to make it work, to get 10-15 like minded players to work together in perfect synergy, but if there is one community there can do it, it’s the MMO community. We see it all the time, the top guilds of World of Warcraft going for that world first, and if they can do it in PvE then they can do it in PvP as well.
All Blizzard needs to do is to add some sort of spectator mode for battlegrounds. Not sure if it should be a 1st person view like Counter-Strike, 3rd person view like WoW arena, perhaps the spectating system from SC2 and LoL could work, or maybe a combination of all 3. And then Blizzard needs to make it attractive to the players. Give it a lot of talk, put bigger prizes out there, give the players a chance for fame. You have done it with Starcraft Blizzard, now do it to World of Warcraft.

PvE
So this one is somewhat already ongoing… The Race to Worlds first (Great documentary by the way, you should watch it), where the top guilds in the world tries to be the first to clear the content, to get the fame and glory. So what I think should be done here is to have tournaments, both for worlds first, but also fastest clear of a certain dungeon/raid. Have two teams/guilds facing each other and see who has the best strategy to clear it the fastest. This has already been done at several BlizzCons, where Blizzard has invited top guilds to go on scene and play, so why not go a bit further? Have a monthly tournament where you give the players a chance to get their 15 minutes of fame.

As I said, I don’t know what should be done with the game, but I strongly believe that this could help it out, make it more attractive to players, both the current one and people looking for an alternative competitive one.
Hope you guys like my idea and I wish we could get the word to spread and make it happen!


IdrA released from Evil Geniuses

It’s always a very interesting process when something big happens within a pro scene, especially the eSport scene, and the last one isn’t an exception.

On May 10 Evil Geniuses announced that they were releasing Greg “IdrA” Fields from the team. The reactions whenever something IdrA related happens is always controversial, there are the real fans that support him no matter what and then there are the absolute douche bags that enjoy seeing bad stuff happen to him and hope to see one of his famous reactions to whatever happens.

Personally I am a bit shocked when I heard the news. I have never been a big fan of IdrA or Evil Geniuses but I could never have imagined mentioning one of those two without thinking of the other, to me they are the one and same thing. Although I haven’t been the biggest fan of IdrA, I have been supporting him whenever I have had the chance to watch him play and I wish I had the chance to watch him play more (damn you time zones!). There is something about IdrA that makes it so interesting to watch… First of all he’s a great player and we have seen that many times in games and tournaments, but then there is his personality and his reactions to the game. He once said he didn’t enjoy the game and only played it for the money, but I just have somewhat hard time to believe that… I mean, how can you say you only play it for the money and then get so sad and upset when you lose a game? It just confuses me to see.

I think one of the main reasons of why I like him and his personality is, that it reminds me of myself. I get easily upset when playing Starcraft 2, especially if I get a cheesy player. I bash the keyboard and mouse and whatever I can get my hands on, and most of the time I have to stop playing, just to keep myself from destroying my computer. So I can easily understand his reaction to some the cheesy crap in games.

The day after he was released from Evil Geniuses there was an interview with him by itmeJP, where IdrA was asked about his behaviour and how he reacted to EG’s managements decision on releasing him. Also, in the interview IdrA said he was stepping down to competitive play, which saddens me, but at the same time is very understandable, to focus on making more content and casting/analysing games.
This is quite interesting to me, as I have never heard or seen him cast a game before, but I am very much looking forward to it and I am pretty sure he will do an excellent job with it.

I don’t know what else to say about this really. I’m sad to see him leave EG, but if it gives him more space to be himself and do what he loves then I cannot wait to see how it goes. Best of luck from here IdrA!


eSports at the Olympics?

Two posts on the same day?! What sorcery is this?! Aaaanyway…

Torch for GamingI just finished listening to a podcast where they were discussing the possibilities of bringing eSports to the Olympics, and already now people are working on this! Personally I don’t know if I want to see eSport at the Olympics since it doesn’t fit my image of the Olympics nor eSport, but I do approve of the idea of getting pro-gaming more “public” and not having it for us geeks only! I really do wish we could see eSport on the main tv-channels just as any other sport.

Whether we like the idea or not, I really think we should sign the Torch for Gaming petition to show our support to the growing eSport all over the world.

“In the last few years, the gaming industry has solidified its position in pop culture, and with that, the emergence of eSports has quickly grown into a gaming phenomena in its own rights. But can you envision a future where eSports takes the monumental leap forward and becomes an Olympic event? If the Torch For Gaming petition proves successful, then that future may not be that far away. We sit down with Daniel Grzelak, CEO of Gamer Institute, the group behind the initiative, and StarCraft II streaming enthusiast LivinPink to discuss in this Now Loading Podcast.”

“Tougher than ice dancing”

“Faster than synchronised swimming”

“More relevant than curling”

It’s going to be interesting to see how this will work out, but I’m hoping it doesn’t hurt the eSport!


BBC at MLG Raleigh!

Afternoon peeps!

Apparently BBC were at the MLG Raleigh Summer Championship this weekend and interviewed the pro gamers and staff. I find it really exciting that the ‘big guys’ are giving esport some positive recognition!

You can read the original post-thingie here!