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2014-08-02 03:27:40 PM  
I've been recently playing Dota2 and they apparently had some major international competition recently; I watch a couple of live games, and having a live commentator is pretty surreal, akin to the strange Japanese shows where everything has a breathless, jokey narrator.

I think this trend is not going away;  however it could well be improved by just having the Japanese commentators do all of games, and just have English captions for the rest of us.
 
2014-08-02 04:37:21 PM  
Did the submitter not have enough EXP for a PLUG tag or something?

/Lame video game joke is lame
 
2014-08-02 04:55:13 PM  
I tried getting into the SCII thing and tried watching a couple live streams.  First couple minutes of every game were downright boring.  You absolutely had to have a good commentator or you would lose the audience quickly.  Maybe with the expansion it got better but I gave up on it.  Seemed like only a handful of people cared about the livestreams and it was always the hardcore guys that spent a lot of time in the game.
 
2014-08-02 04:55:29 PM  
I know "gamers" are trying really hard to make "esports" happen but watching other people play video games is and always will be farking boring.
 
2014-08-02 05:04:32 PM  
Watched the SC2 finals with some friends a few months ago, wasn't really my bag but there were some good moments.  Kind of felt like watching a football game, a lot of mulling about and dragging out the time between plays far too long but once in a while the action got pretty intense.
 
2014-08-02 05:26:33 PM  

moothemagiccow: I know "gamers" are trying really hard to make "esports" happen


Whoa there, as a gamer let me just say "no." If it's going to happen and the audience is there, fine by me, but I, and I can assume a lot of other gamers, don't give half a shiat about esports.

moothemagiccow: but watching other people play video games is and always will be farking boring.


Eh. No more boring than regular TV if you have the right channel. If the people playing are entertaining to hear banter or the game is interesting I'll watch Let's Plays on Youtube.
 
2014-08-02 05:28:50 PM  

moothemagiccow: I know "gamers" are trying really hard to make "esports" happen but watching other people play video games is and always will be farking boring.


To you, I'm sure is what you mean. Since esports get huge audiences and pay pretty decent prizes, you'd have to be a fool not to understand there's someone out there that finds it interesting.

I'm sure whatever you're into is and always be boring to the people who like esports. So there's that.
 
2014-08-02 05:46:53 PM  
Video game championships? When the hell did this start?

upload.wikimedia.org

Oh. Old news is old.
 
2014-08-02 06:06:25 PM  
Video games are more of a sport than nascar and golf. About the same level of sport as baseball or tennis
 
2014-08-02 06:10:29 PM  

BloodFireDeath: Video games are more of a sport than nascar and golf. About the same level of sport as baseball or tennis


-1000/10
 
2014-08-02 06:18:09 PM  
NFL2K5?
 
2014-08-02 06:23:02 PM  
They should also have half time shows. You know, the long stretch of time that interrupts the game with pointless flashy overdone moves that you can't skip so instead you use that as a bathroom break or to make a sandwich and you just pay attention to the end with their finale that really does the damage.

If they need a good group for a half time show, I hear Knights of the Round is pretty popular.
 
2014-08-02 06:41:55 PM  
I was going to make fun of TFA but then realized I got all excited at the "Five of the greatest Quake Live duels ever"...

So I'm just going to make fun of BF4 nerds. Nerds.
 
2014-08-02 06:44:58 PM  
Back in the day when I used to play a lot more multiplayer, some of the best matches were ones that were close wins. Steamrolling over a team that wasn't good wasn't very fun. I'd rather lose to an awesome team than win against a group that is disorganized. Then again, I tend to play more of the CTF and Assault games, not deathmatch games.
 
2014-08-02 06:58:10 PM  

NeverDrunk23: They should also have half time shows. You know, the long stretch of time that interrupts the game with pointless flashy overdone moves that you can't skip so instead you use that as a bathroom break or to make a sandwich and you just pay attention to the end with their finale that really does the damage.

If they need a good group for a half time show, I hear Knights of the Round is pretty popular.


No no, Hideo Kojima is writing the half time shows. Which means you're gonna have to come back tomorrow...
 
2014-08-02 07:14:00 PM  
In a few years video game broadcasts will have as many viewers as major league sports, subby.
 
2014-08-02 07:18:40 PM  
Wow. All the fun of sitting and waiting for your buddy to die so you can have a turn, without the annoyance of your turn. Or your buddy. Sounds awesome.
 
2014-08-02 07:23:31 PM  

moothemagiccow: I know "gamers" are trying really hard to make "esports" happen but watching other people play video games is and always will be farking boring.


A few years back I watched some show on TV that was broadcasting some championship or other for some games I never played for a little while. What I got out of it was how very much alike all the games look.
 
2014-08-02 09:53:51 PM  

RoxtarRyan: Steamrolling over a team that wasn't good wasn't very fun. I'd rather lose to an awesome team than win against a group that is disorganized.


While I agree with the sentiment about the enjoyment of close matches or fights in open world, I have to say in competitions there do not tend to be many too close. This is because games tend to have an objective momentum which does not exist in the sports world. For instance, when we used to do UT2k4 matches, when I kill you I tend to move into a rotation for gaining shield, weapons, boosts, etc., whereas you restart with basically nothing. In CS/CS:S, there is the short term gain in a round of removing you from the round as well as maintaining my equipment and increasing my money for the following round (several second rounds in tournaments tended to be the losing team simply saving for the following round). In SC, you lose resources and time and area. With WoW or GW or any other number of MMOs, in small matches we gained an advantage, and in death match we removed you from the play and could better focus fire.

Across the majority of sports, the moment a score is made, play is halted and returns to the center and both sides are equivalent, or possession even changes. Momentum here is all subjective, with the sense of winning or losing or urgency or relaxation given to either team. About the only similar game is baseball, and this only lasts for each half an inning. But no one removes a player from the field when a touchdown is scored or makes the net wider when a basket is scored.

All of this is to say, I find in competitive gaming or at least in skilled matches there might be a pivotal moment or two and often steamrolling commences. This might simply be in selection of character or equipment load out which is fortunate for someone. This might be sending a few people down one path and not another. This might be getting an upgrade earlier than someone else, or resisting the urge to spend resources on too many troops. Of course crushing a disorganized and/or poorly equipped team is not invigorating, but extremely close matches in video games often means the winning team had early fortune but played worse as the losing team was coming back.
 
2014-08-02 10:11:53 PM  

SomeoneDumb: moothemagiccow: I know "gamers" are trying really hard to make "esports" happen but watching other people play video games is and always will be farking boring.

A few years back I watched some show on TV that was broadcasting some championship or other for some games I never played for a little while. What I got out of it was how very much alike all the games look.


Depends on your viewpoint. For me, I don't care what football team/baseball team/hockey team is playing, every match and everything looks the same, doesn't matter if it is a superbowl/world series/etc. If you don't follow whatever subject, it'll all be one giant blur.
 
2014-08-02 10:18:00 PM  
I'm less concerned about watching someone play video games (which I enjoy because I don't have time or patience anymore) than the the article is from Red Bull.

Anyway, games are much much "more" than when I was into them. Watching someone power through a long game while I cook dinner is pretty cool. Then again I also watch my kids play games so it's not much of a switch for me.

I remember when playing games for money was THE DREAM.
 
2014-08-02 10:20:06 PM  

moothemagiccow: I know "gamers" are trying really hard to make "esports" happen but watching other people play video games is and always will be farking boring.


I find watching esports to be about as entertaining as watching normal sports, which is to say occasionally, but not very often.

Either way, you're literally watching someone else play a game. That's interesting if you enjoy the game well enough to understand what is going on and the players are good enough that they're not stupid to watch play.

But you're still just watching somebody else play a game.
 
2014-08-02 11:26:12 PM  

child_god: I remember when playing games for money was THE DREAM.


mentalfloss.com
 
2014-08-03 12:08:05 AM  

RoxtarRyan: SomeoneDumb: moothemagiccow: I know "gamers" are trying really hard to make "esports" happen but watching other people play video games is and always will be farking boring.

A few years back I watched some show on TV that was broadcasting some championship or other for some games I never played for a little while. What I got out of it was how very much alike all the games look.

Depends on your viewpoint. For me, I don't care what football team/baseball team/hockey team is playing, every match and everything looks the same, doesn't matter if it is a superbowl/world series/etc. If you don't follow whatever subject, it'll all be one giant blur.


Oh watching regular sports is dull as all hell, too.
 
2014-08-03 12:17:40 AM  

moothemagiccow: RoxtarRyan: SomeoneDumb: moothemagiccow: I know "gamers" are trying really hard to make "esports" happen but watching other people play video games is and always will be farking boring.

A few years back I watched some show on TV that was broadcasting some championship or other for some games I never played for a little while. What I got out of it was how very much alike all the games look.

Depends on your viewpoint. For me, I don't care what football team/baseball team/hockey team is playing, every match and everything looks the same, doesn't matter if it is a superbowl/world series/etc. If you don't follow whatever subject, it'll all be one giant blur.

Oh watching regular sports is dull as all hell, too.


I stare at cheerleaders or hot fans and get drunk to pass the time.
 
2014-08-03 12:36:08 AM  
If only there was some way for me to tell what company provided the monitors.
 
2014-08-03 01:39:24 AM  
I'd watch all the time if they had Jim Ross be the commentator:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kBXHbTgjVKk
 
2014-08-03 02:01:55 AM  
Sorry, but BF4 is, and always will be, a pub game.
 
2014-08-03 10:27:59 AM  

moothemagiccow: I know "gamers" are trying really hard to make "esports" happen but watching other people play video games is and always will be farking boring.


Yeah, that's why Twitch was sold for a paltry $1B.

Watching video games is a hell of a lot more exciting than watching things like golf or poker.
 
2014-08-03 10:32:21 AM  

RoxtarRyan: SomeoneDumb: moothemagiccow: I know "gamers" are trying really hard to make "esports" happen but watching other people play video games is and always will be farking boring.

A few years back I watched some show on TV that was broadcasting some championship or other for some games I never played for a little while. What I got out of it was how very much alike all the games look.

Depends on your viewpoint. For me, I don't care what football team/baseball team/hockey team is playing, every match and everything looks the same, doesn't matter if it is a superbowl/world series/etc. If you don't follow whatever subject, it'll all be one giant blur.


Exactly. I don't follow football, so all I see when there is a game on TV is a bunch of people frantically running around for about six seconds, then about three minutes of wandering around aimlessly, rinse and repeat. I don't see the draw.

I do play video games, and I enjoy watching others play almost as much as I enjoy playing them myself.
 
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