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Guild Wars 2 Screens of the Day – Sunday 30 December, 2012

Update: My character is now level 17, it’s cool to see your character progress and grow both in strength and also physically changes, costume improvements, etc.

Cool waterfalls, this game looks great.

Contemplating my next move, east or west?

Discovering Viathan Lake, venturing out into LV 15-25 areas.

Will like have another update in a few days. Really enjoying and having fun with this game when I can! Holiday’s are great.

Thrift Store Pickups – October 2012: Starwars Goodness!

I went down to my local thrift store (Salvation Army) today and picked up a couple of nice additions to my Playstation 2 collection, as well as a really nice find way hidden in the back.

A special edition box set Star Wars trilogy release from 1997! This box set contains digitally remastered versions of the original star wars films and was released in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the first film. While I don’t watch VHS tapes anymore (DVD and blu-ray) having this in the collection is really nice. For a pick-up of only $1 I couldn’t say no. I was casually looking through some of their VHS tapes and noticed this gold box with a black lucasfilm logo on it…as soon as I saw the logo I knew it would be something worth checking out and sure enough, a star wars box set.

This box set is 15 years old today, and very collectible so quite nice to have.

Lets Play: Tribes Ascend (First Look) – Learning to Ski!

Taking my first look at Tribes Ascend for the PC. Recently build a new computer so I now get to play through all these new games I’ve missed out on the past 6 months or so! My upload speed on my internet connection is killing me at the moment so I don’t know how long it will be before I really get frustrated with it, but for now I’ll keep doing videos as long as I enjoy making them and can tolerate my internet connection!

My first play through of Tribes Ascend and learning to Ski all over again. I was a huge fan of Tribes 2 back in the day, but learning to ski is just like riding a bike. You never really seem to forget! I’ve played a few games since I recorded this and I must say by skiing has gotten a lot better since this! Having lots of fun playing Tribes again though.

Naomi Kyle – Puts the ‘I’ncredibly ‘G’orgeous into IGN.com

Gamers in general are associated with many (mostly negative) stereotypes but of all places it’s the gamer girls in the world that are slowly giving gamers and gaming in general more credibility and possibly even making gaming cool?

A former model who’s always had a passion (or even obsession) for gaming is Naomi Kyle, host of IGN.com’s video productions including the popular show ‘The daily fix’.

Born in the small town of Ste-Agathe-Des-Monts, Quebec, Naomi grew up with two younger brothers and a strong inclination for the arts. Whether it was singing or performing mock TV shows in front of her parents, it seemed entertainment would no doubt be her future calling. Throughout her high school days, Naomi was never one of the popular kids, so she instead found herself playing lots of video games and indulging in sci-fi/fantasy movies in her spare time. Little did she know that this would lead her to a wonderful, future career. – Source: ign.com

Naomi started her modelling career shortly after high school and quickly became involved with many high profile advertising campaigns such as work for Adidas, Guess, Virgin mobile and many others.

She then became the host of the Gameloft podcast and since then, hosts a number of video productions for IGN & AskMen.com. She frequently attends gaming shows and plays A LOT of games.

A powerful and positive role model for girl gamers everywhere and is helping to solidify the growing popularity of gaming in the mainstream.

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The uprising of E-Sports and what it means for competitive gaming

The rise in popularity over the last few years in respect to competitive gaming or e-sports as its becoming commonly known is quite amazing. When you sit down and watch a football game you can hear the cheer of the crowd, possibly some commentary in a set of headphones tuned to the radio with all the excitement and atmosphere that goes along with that. Competitive gaming is the next frontier of sports, and boy has it changed.

I remember about 5-6 years ago competitive gaming was very ‘underground’ and not many people really knew all that much about it. Back in 2004 I actually went to compete at the world cyber games qualifiers held in Melbourne playing Warcraft 3, I didn’t do too badly but not well enough to advance but back then there were a few major sponsors of the event but not a very big turn out of people came to watch the event. When I talked to friends at the time, some who were into gaming and some weren’t didn’t really know much or anything about the WCG or what competitive gaming really was all about.

Around the early days ~2000-2001 there was an interesting thing taking place in Korea where they would televise starcraft and starcraft brood war touraments across the country. Very soon Starcraft became almost like the national sport of Korea and it only looked like a matter of time before it started really getting a grip in North America and Europe, then finally the rest of the world.

Fast forward to 2009 and competitive gaming really started to see a momentum swing. With the launch of the StarCraft 2 beta most notably a crowd of esports followers really started to build, and a big part of that momentum had to do with a rise in popularity circulating replay’s online from tournaments and perhaps more enjoyable was watching those ‘in the know’ online commentate these replays. These types of people eventually became known as ‘casters’ or ‘broadcasters or competitive gaming’.

I’m mostly talking about competitive gaming in relation to RTS (real time strategy games) with this article, but that is not to say these types of games are the only games played competitively. First person shooters were really one of the first genre’s of games people started playing competitively, especially with games like CounterStrike on the PC and Halo on the XBOX.

People like HuskyStarcraft and HDStarcraft on YouTube really propelled the movement forward around the StartCraft 2 beta days posting videos of their commentary of Starcraft replays from big tournaments. Both these two eventually got enough support behind them to host a tournament of their own which was a big success and helped both commentators subscription base on YouTube explode.

With the release of StarCraft 2 in 2010 competitive gaming really exploded. Sure it had gained plenty of momentum well before this but since the release of starCraft 2 until today the number of competitive gaming leagues around StarCraft 2 jumped from 1 to 4-5 today. Most notably:

  • GSL (global starcraft league)
  • IEM (intel extreme masters)
  • IPL (ign pro league)
  • MLG (major league gaming)

just to name a few.

In this time the number of professional sponsored starcraft 2 teams that participate in each league has increased quite substantially. Gone are the days of individual players sponsoring themselves in tournaments (although some pro’s still do) most players can receive a salary playing starcraft 2 for a living.

The ‘Team Liquid‘ starcraft 2 pro team are perhaps the most well known, offering advise on their website to new players as well as players trying to improve their skills. Their professional player list is quite distinguished, and were one of the first teams to find a good mix of Korean and ‘International’ (outside of Korea) players actually had a positive impact on practice sessions and made the team more versatile.

With big technology companies such as Intel, MSI, ASUS and others sponsoring big events it will only grow the audience of professional gaming more and more. All e-sports really needs now is to have big events sponsored by companies outside of technology such as red bull, coca cola, etc and who knows where e-sports is headed.

With more money being pumped into e-sports from an ever growing number of sources its only a good thing for competitive gaming, it brings in more players from around the world and with entrance fees to events organisers can start seeing some benefit in staging events. Every investment in e-sports, whether it be time or money can only help the sport progress.

I’m looking forward to what the future holds for e-sports, and looking forward to see how far it can go because in a relatively short period of time it has grown in leaps and bounds, and mostly because of community support.

Retro Gaming: Super Nintendo & Super Mario All Stars

One of my favourite video game consoles of all time, the Super Nintendo with one of the best games released for the system: Super Mario All Stars. Released in 1992 Super Mario All Stars gave you 3 great NES Mario games (Mario 1, 2, 3) and and a special mario lost levels which were apparently only originally sold in Japan. The console definitely stands the test of time and is still very playable even today.

I had lots of fun playing games on the SNES back in the day, and am hoping those good old times can start again now that I finally have a working SNES console with a few other games on the way. There are plenty of copies of Donkey Kong Country on the SNES on eBay, I’ll see if I can get my hands on that game which was epic.

Diablo III Public Beta Starting Soon

Looks like things are getting a little closer to the release of Diablo 3. They’ve started a closed beta among employees based on the recent thread on the Blizzard forums. I wonder who you have to kill to get your hands on the beta client?

FYI, we’re getting very close to starting the closed public beta test for Diablo III. You might start seeing some new reports about the beta client as we’ve begun limited external testing with employees and their families, and there is no non-disclosure agreement (NDA) for that. We look forward to sharing more info about the beta test in the near future. Stay tuned.

If you have a beta license, you are free to show, share, or talk about any portion of the beta content to which you have access, as this beta test is not confidential.