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World Series of Videogames Announced 32

Posted by Zonk
from the videogames-is-one-word dept.
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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World Series of Videogames Announced

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  • ...is videogame baseball!

    Get it? World Series? Baseball?

    Ah screw it, I'm heading back to work.
    • <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 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...
  • "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
    • 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)?
  • by Rob T Firefly (844560) on Friday February 17, 2006 @10:46AM (#14741971) Homepage Journal
    If you get the whistle, it opens the warp [wikipedia.org].
  • "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...

  • Will it be as good as the SMB3 shootout in The Wizard (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0098663/ [imdb.com])?
  • 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.
  • > 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, 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.
    • 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 d
      • 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
    • 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 =)

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

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