The Lowdown From Major League Gaming

By Jim Rossignol on September 1st, 2011 at 4:07 pm.


Major League Gaming‘s snazzy pro-gaming events in North America continue apace, and the multitudinous happenings of last weekend have been catalogue in exhaustive detail, for your browsing pleasure. This video probably sums it up in the least time, while I’ve embedded the footage of the Starcraft final below. Those dudes sure can click stuff good.

For a lot more video from the event check out this page. The next is the weekend of the 14th of October in Orlando, details here.

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48 Comments »

  1. KikiJiki says:

    First we make WhiteRa picture, then we defense it.

    • MrMud says:

      Its ok, he use special tactics.

    • Moni says:

      White-Ra’s face is everywhere, except at this month’s MLG, because he wasn’t there.

    • almostDead says:

      They all seem to talk about him like he’s a different species of human, seeing as he is north of 30 and a pro gamer.

      I wonder what the long term effects of years of 100-300 APM does for you. Maybe they’ll be crippled in later life like some gymnasts.

    • shangrila says:

      almostDead
      u r so damn wrong. if u would whatch hes tournamet play or hes stream, u would c how things really going on

    • almostDead says:

      What a wonderfully written critique of my post. Thank you, I learnt so much.

    • Makariel says:

      Well, your post doesn’t make all too much sense to begin with. Why should someone who’s basically only typing very fast be crippled “later in life”? That means being any more crippled than someone working a regular office job, sitting all day not moving much.

    • Starky says:

      Maintaining over 500 APM (or even higher) has no serious adverse effects on concert pianists, so I doubt clicking a keyboard would cause issues.

    • almostDead says:

      Well I guess first of all I was just wondering, hence the ‘maybe’. Second, one of the top European players TLO, suffers from severe carpal tunnel syndrome. These players must also type way more than an average worker in their lifetime.

  2. pakoito says:

    Is that game1 only? link to the 2nd, etc?

  3. johnpeat says:

    I like games so I should like this but it’s SO badly done it’s untrue.

    The whole thing smacks of high school enthusiasm – and high school ability.

    Take the commentators, for example, part of a commentators job is to explain what’s going on and build some excitement and interest – not just yell a lot (that’s what the CROWD does).

    My Dad once told me he used to listen to tennis on the radio and he knew EXACTLY what a tennis court looked like and how the game was played despite never having seen a court or someone playing…

    THAT is the benchmark – what these guys are doing is pathetic and I think we could and should do better…

    • Jim Rossignol says:

      You are grumpy today. Cheer up, it’s sunny out!

    • Freudian Slip says:

      I wrote about 200 words on why you’re utterly wrong then realised how boring it would be if you deigned to reply as you’re obviously super angry when you’re on the internet so I didn’t bother.

      Fun.

    • johnpeat says:

      It’s not sunny out but I’ve been out anyway :)

      I’m not angry really – I’m disappointed and a bit dismayed that despite vastly superior communication tools available, we can’t seem to do even a half-decent job.

      SC2 isn’t going to replace Monday Night Football or Match of the Day BUT if we tried to build a bit of character and interest around it, it might look less like daylight-averse nerds making rare public appearances masturbating frantically :)

    • Gnoupi says:

      Though he does have a point about the quality of commenting (and often interviewing/reviewing when audio or video is involved) which is in the videogame industry.

      It is incredibly rare to find quality videogame journalists which are good on audio or image as well.
      Most will be your default gaming geek, with close to no charisma, and an approach closer to the fanboy than to the actual journalism.

      In France, on ADSL Tv we have a channel named NoLife, which is mostly serving everything the regular videogame geek would be interested into. Reviews, news, interviews, etc. The content is good, but it’s served again by people who have close to no charisma, who are not able to really interest you in what they are saying. You just feel like you are watching/listening some friend talking about a game, only he seems uncomfortable and awkward when doing so.

      Same goes for a lot of the videogame websites which are proposing video content.
      In the end, you feel like you watch regular geeks interviewing regular geeks.

      Now I don’t know how a RPS video show would look like. The writing quality has nothing to prove, and the audio is quite ok as well from the podcasts, so it would probably be good. But it’s quite rare, once again.

      The videogame market grows, matures, but we still are miles away from mature “audio/video coverage”. By which I mean the kind of coverage you could show a non-gamer without shame.

    • almostDead says:

      I think they are all you could really ask for. I watch a lot of casts despite not playing SC2.

      These two, day9 and husky are enthusiastic, knowledgeable, able to speak eloquently at tremendous speed whilst offering not only game commentary but explaining tactics and choices as well. Plus they have been at it for several hours non-stop each day. Not trivial.

      I do, personally, prefer force as a commentator.

    • Nallen says:

      I like the commentary but then I know what’s going on. I do think that SC2 of all games needs more in the way of explanation of maps, special tektics and what to watch out for. Perhaps some clips of patented moves you could expect to see from certain players. I was thinking after the last MLG that the Halo pre-match stuff was a lot better than my precious Starcraft’s.

    • Beardface says:

      “it might look less like daylight-averse nerds making rare public appearances masturbating frantically :)” holy shit, way to make your point entirely unvalid by being an ass bro, holy shit i bet they make more money in a week than you do in a month.

    • d3vilsadvocate says:

      the german Gamestar and Gameswelt have a few people with charisma (like 1 person for each magazine actually…), and I’m thankful for that.

      I don’t think Day9 or Husky are doing a bad job though. The should just scream less and reduce the BS to be honest.

    • kyrieee says:

      I don’t know how you can claim that the commentators aren’t explaining what’s going on.

    • HexagonalBolts says:

      The depth of Day9′s Starcraft analysis (although often he restates simple facts because it is so easy to lose sight of those) is frequently astonishing.

    • kimded says:

      Also this is one series of games, at the end of a tournament, if you had watched more than just these games you will find that K[9] do go into tactics and map details when appropriate.

    • Kdansky says:

      Day9 is usually very good and analytic, but Husky is a huge shout-o-maniac, that is true. Amusingly, I think Tasteless (Day9′s brother) is way less interesting than Day9, despite having done professional commenting for years now.

      And that game up there is really full of shouting. How embarrassing.

      Having watched the finals now, I recommend watching other games. Those were definitely not worth it.

    • StormTec says:

      Uncharismatic, uninformative commentators? You clearly have not watched a single GSL game casted by the wonderful Tastosis (or, Tasteless and Artosis, as they are known pre-Archon).

    • Lemming says:

      You’re being a bit unfair. As a new ‘sport’ things take time for quality commentary/footage come along. Ever heard the MLS coverage? It’s getting better but it started off fucking atrocious and still isn’t on a par with British commentators, because soccer is still a relatively new thing to American audiences in terms of popularity and people who know what the fuck they are on about and have tv presence.

      it’s something that will get better over time all by itself.

      Major League Gaming. It even has a proper symbol on his mic just like MLB and NBA. That’s pretty cool.

    • johnpeat says:

      Wahey – beardface wins the “most obvious thirteen year old here” award for even trying to equate earnings/income with anything meaningful.

      I guess David Beckham should be running the universe then :)

  4. johnpeat says:

    Also – “it’s the tablet that’s changing the tablet” – what the FUCK are people on…

  5. Pathetic Phallacy says:

    How do they click on things so fast!?!?

  6. Nallen says:

    Thought the final was a bit boring, still got about 8000 hours of the pool and group play to watch though.

  7. mR.Waffles says:

    I cannot get enough of this stuff. I absolutely love it and I cannot wait to see how e-sports progresses into the future.

  8. Beardface says:

    This weekend GSL’s putting up all the VODs for free btw, so you can watch the best koreans going at it in every single GSL so far, lots and lots of matches to watch, one match I’d like to recommend is TLO vs Hyperdub in…season 2 I believe? It’s an insane series.

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  10. Nameless1 says:

    Quality of the video sucks too much, even for a free vod.

    PS: <3 Day9

    EDIT: I was wrong, you can select the quality f the VODS on their site, gg.

  11. HexagonalBolts says:

    Just to remind all you RPS starcraft players, there’s lots of friendly RPS readers who play starcraft II, check out the thread, quite a few of us will be playing tonight, especially me, if you fancy some friendly-not-at-all-serious team games

    http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/forums/showthread.php?17-Starcraft-II-players

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  13. Radiant says:

    The recent MLG was really shoddy and fairly boring.
    Did you see Evo?

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  15. schizopol says:

    anyone else feel like Bomber is without a soul? He seems to accept his victory like a Grand Moff with arms behind his back, cold and calculating, as if this victory is only the beginning.

    • Daiv says:

      You’re far too trusting. Major League Gaming is too niche to make an effective demonstration – but don’t worry; we will deal with your prime time sports shows soon enough.

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