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World Series of Videogames Announced

Zonk posted more than 8 years ago | from the videogames-is-one-word dept.

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bdickason writes "Games Media Properties released the initial press release for the World Series of Video Games, a 6-stop worldwide event that features PC and Xbox gamers competing for a million dollars in prizes. Sponsors include Intel and Xbox 360." From the article: "The unlikely Midwestern city of Louisville, KY will play host to the first WSVG event at its Kentucky International Convention and Exposition Center from June 15to 18. What makes this event interesting is not the huge size and extra side acts, but the integration with Swedish super-LAN, Dreamhack, whose dates and time will coincide. The release states that 'American and European teams will have the ability to compete against each other from these two events,' indicating that international travel might not be required and that online play might determine the winner. Let's hope their server is somewhere in the Atlantic!"

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One game they should be playing... (0)

VitrosChemistryAnaly (616952) | more than 8 years ago | (#14741799)

...is videogame baseball!

Get it? World Series? Baseball?

Ah screw it, I'm heading back to work.

Re:One game they should be playing... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14742059)

you are stupid

Re:One game they should be playing... (1)

AKAImBatman (238306) | more than 8 years ago | (#14742060)

<george-plimpton>
So tell me, which one looks more like the real thing to you? The Atari version (shows some flickering garbage that looks nothing like a baseball game) or the Intellivision version (shows a pixelated game that looks something like baseball)? The choice is clear. The Intellivision lets you play games that look more like the real thing!
</george-plimpton>

Sorry, couldn't resist. :-P

I remember my grandpa telling me about baseball (1)

xxxJonBoyxxx (565205) | more than 8 years ago | (#14742078)

I remember some of the stories my grandfather told me about "baseball". Once upon a time, people actually used to pay good money to watch nine players on two teams hit a ball around for about three hours. It was so popular they called it "the national passtime". In fact, I think the term "World Series" came from baseball's championship. If anyone else knows anything about this ancient and forgotten game, please post some links...

Re:I remember my grandpa telling me about baseball (1)

AKAImBatman (238306) | more than 8 years ago | (#14742162)

When in doubt, simply ask Wikipedia [wikipedia.org] . They have all kinds of information on esoteric topics like baseball, football, the rainforest, lions, tigers, and bears, oh my.

Re:I remember my grandpa telling me about baseball (1)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 8 years ago | (#14743201)

Once upon a time, people actually used to pay good money to watch nine players on two teams hit a ball around for about three hours.

Well, I guess ANYTHING will entertain you if TV and the internet haven't been invented you've just come off a 12-hour-shift at the iron-smelting plant. But there's no way someone in our modern age would want to watch something as boring as this "game" you describe.

-Eric

Talk about home field advantage! (1)

hal2814 (725639) | more than 8 years ago | (#14741853)

"What makes this event interesting is not the huge size and extra side acts, but the integration with Swedish super-LAN, Dreamhack, whose dates and time will coincide. The release states that "American and European teams will have the ability to compete against each other from these two events," indicating that international travel might not be required and that online play might determine the winner. Let's hope their server is somewhere in the Atlantic!"

This brings the concept of home field advantage to a whole new level.

Re:Talk about home field advantage! (1)

bfree (113420) | more than 8 years ago | (#14741981)

Is there any reason why a router couldn't toy with the packet delivery timing to deliver equitable latency to all competitors (or rather all competitors who can achieve some reasonable latency if their packets are untouched, not slowing everyone down to the slowest competitor but setting a baseline no-one can go below)?

Re:Talk about home field advantage! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14742191)

No modern game does the "everyone goes as slow as the slowest" anymore.

Progamer does NOT get first post (0, Offtopic)

SIInudeity (822415) | more than 8 years ago | (#14741861)

Someday...

School Sports (1)

Archades54 (925582) | more than 8 years ago | (#14741870)

I wonder if in the future, having a GAMING olympics, that school students could have an extra curricular acvitity in training for the gaming olympics.

Top secret advice for the finalists.. (3, Funny)

Rob T Firefly (844560) | more than 8 years ago | (#14741971)

If you get the whistle, it opens the warp [wikipedia.org] .

Why did they call it "World Series" again? (1)

xxxJonBoyxxx (565205) | more than 8 years ago | (#14742183)

"Akin to the structure of such established sports franchises as the PGA Tour and NASCAR, the World Series of Video Games will establish the first video game competition circuit..."

So, it's called "World Series" but it doesn't work like THE World Series. Instead it's based on the two least interesting major sports leagues ever invented...

Re:Why did they call it "World Series" again? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14744885)

So, it's called "World Series" but it doesn't work like THE World Series.

Yes, this one will not be limited to a single country.

Re:Why did they call it "World Series" again? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14747784)

Sorry, but baseball was promoted to Least Interesting Major Sports League Ever Invented when PGA and NASCAR were disqualified. Somebody found out they weren't actually sports...

(But dude, the guy's drivin' a car! That makes it a sport, right?)

Video Games does not include PS2 or Cube or GBA? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14742430)

How can the world series of video games be held on the two least popular game platforms in the world? This sounds a lot more like the World Series of Microsoft-sponsored Video Games to me.

Any world series of anything that doesn't include Smash Bros needs to seriously re-evaluate its standards ;)

Ding-ding-ding-ding-ding-ding! We have a winner! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14742600)

I was waiting for someone to note this..

It's like the Summer Olympics announcing that all swimming sports will be excluded in 2008 and beyond..

useless article (1)

CrazyJim1 (809850) | more than 8 years ago | (#14742795)

I want prices for entry, games to be played, and an entry form. Its so funny, I was one of the best in Warcraft3, but the last competition filled up before I can join in. Not exactly fair at all. If they wanted real talent to do these games, they'd open up unlimited join slots.

Heck, if they can have Curling in the Olympics... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14743341)

... then why not video games?

No, the cat does not "got my tongue." (1)

Impy the Impiuos Imp (442658) | more than 8 years ago | (#14743515)

> the World Series of Video Games

At some point 10 years or so from now:

"But today (echo: ooo-day, ooo-day, ooo-day)
I consider myself (eye-self, eye-self, eye-self)
The fattest man (attest man, attest man, attest man)
On the face of the earth (cheers drown out echos!)"

Louisville, KY not a bad choice (1)

The Kow (184414) | more than 8 years ago | (#14743523)

Louisville, Kentucky has been the home to the Million Man Lan [lanwar.com] for several years running, and the facilities at their convention center are huge. It seems like an odd place, but having been to both the MML and to events in the midst of San Francisco, it's a lot easier to handle parking, lodging, and space issues in rural areas like KY, so it's not a bad choice. Just hope nobody gets wanderlust and wants to go exploring, because there's not a whole lot to see outside of the convention center.

Re:Louisville, KY not a bad choice (1)

Grygonos (848602) | more than 8 years ago | (#14743752)

I live in Louisville. I work 1 block from this convention center. Louisville, is not a rural area. It's not as urbanized as New York, San Fran, Atlanta, Detroit, but its a decent sized city with a decent bit of goings on. Two excellent theatres downtown, Actor's Theatre and Kentucky Center for The Arts. Those are 2-5 blocks from the convention center. There's the Frazier Historical Arms Museum downtown also, fun for you gun buffs, Louisville Slugger Museum...duh....4th Street Live! is another recent development in Louisville, pretty decent place for nightlife, its just a few blocks from this convention center.

I guess the point of the post is to dispell myths that would discourage attendance.

Re:Louisville, KY not a bad choice (1)

The Kow (184414) | more than 8 years ago | (#14745519)

I must be thinking of the other convention center in Louisville (wtf?).

Anyway, I guess you missed the point where I said it was a great place because there was generally a lot of space, which is far more important to this sort of event than the nightlife. If we're talking about a different location, which I find bizarre but whatever, then all bets are off.

I also think you missed the demographic of these events. Bar/club hopping is great, but a lot of people at this thing are probably going ot be 18-21, or in clans/teams that have players who are 18-21. Museums? Theatres? Urm... we're on the same page here, right?

Re:Louisville, KY not a bad choice (1)

Grygonos (848602) | more than 8 years ago | (#14762345)

You're right.. since I'm out of that age group now, I'm not really thinking in those terms. There isn't much to do for that demographic.

Re:Louisville, KY not a bad choice (1)

WWWWolf (2428) | more than 8 years ago | (#14744081)

They also have long traditions in handling with massive videogame-related disasters. In the 1980s they even had superheroes to deal with them. Or cause them.

(A big grin from comics fans in Scandinavia, and wishing luck too =)

Re:Louisville, KY not a bad choice (1)

ClamIAm (926466) | more than 8 years ago | (#14747550)

But contrary to the summary, Kentucky is NOT PART OF THE MIDWEST!

Oh, really? (1)

cthellis (733202) | more than 8 years ago | (#14743551)

If they're really wanting to brand themselves as a World Series of Video Games--rather indicating all of them--shouldn't they be including more than a subsection of available video games? "PC + Xbox" is likely not even a plurality, let alone a majority. (Even less, as I'm fairly certain they're not including Java/Flash games in their number, either.)

Meanwhile, how can you even HAVE a good competition throughout the whole world? Every region has very different game preferences and staples. Somehow I can't see them encorporating a gigantic swath and then weighing things accordingly, so I figure it will be N.A.-centric as well.

Ah well... Gotta start somewhere, I suppose.

Re:Oh, really? (1)

bunbuntheminilop (935594) | more than 8 years ago | (#14744602)

You make a good point. doesn't

More games = more interest = more money for promoters.

I don't see how an xbox360 game that have been out for 3 months can be considered a better choice than, say, street fighter 2, which many people have played over its *thinks* maybe 15 years and are very familiar with. Why do I suspect m$ is putting money towards this?

Re:Oh, really? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14746518)

Of course they are. Didn't you see the bit saying "Sponsored by the Xbox360"?

Oh my bad, this is Slashdot. No one RTFA.

To paraphrase an angry asian's website... (1)

qcubed (655212) | more than 8 years ago | (#14746577)

They're not letting Asian teams compete?

Are they afraid of losing?

Or is this like another "World Series", where the only parts of the world that matter are Europe and America?

And why should I even pay attention to this joke of an event, especially when compared to that other, big, world-famous one. Y'know... that... World... Cybering... Games? Or something? That's racist!

Midwestern? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14746877)

Odd, I always thought the Midwest was a bit closer to Iowa, Kansas & Missouri.

Not way the hell east, over in Kentucky.
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