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#401 Where is our eESPN?

Valve’s Dota 2 tournament with a record  is just starting up and even I am excited to tune in and see what all the hubbub is all about. Between that Riot’s weekly seasonal split streams on Twitch I have to ask: where is our eESPN channel or at least a consolidated cable channel dedicated to the competitive side of video games?

I made the eESPN joke a few times before (Be MOP #261, #276, and #356) but now I think of it more as a serious possibility rather than a silly joke based on wordplay.

I talked about the potential of some gaming streams to become full-time sports broadcasters, like how Riot has been positioning themselves for the limelight for the past few seasons with their personal stream filled with community created skits, Question and Answer segments with the professionals, highlight reels, Table talks with the professionals and analysis, and the personalities (Be MOP #276).

While I have not followed Dota 2 streams to know what they are doing for providing entertainment during and between matches but I do know and have seen the immense popularity of the Dota 2 documentary and fundraising for the main prize/jackpot.

I know for a fact that somewhere a bunch of sports marketing people just dropped their jaws when their heard the success of Dota 2’s fundraising project.

I know for a fact that somewhere a bunch of sports marketing people just dropped their jaws when their heard the success of Dota 2’s fundraising project.

 

With Twitch’s constant concurrent viewers numbers and the level of interaction in the Twitch Chat, the games respective forums and ,  it is easy to prove that there is a substantial amount of interested demographic. With the year’s Fifa world cup ESPN has proved that they can get Americans to validate the sport of soccer and still getting them excited to watch a sport tournament where the American team was not expected to win.

It is not like there is not enough content to fill a 24 hours cable station, we have; League of Legends, Dota 2, Infinite Crisis, all of the other A.R.T.S, StarCraft II, both of Pokemon’s virtual and card game matches, Melee and Smash Bros tournaments, Speed Runners, Magic the Gathering (ESPN already has precedent on broadcasting this sport), plus all of the news programs that could be created about the latest news/predictions/gossip about these different esports and upcoming tournaments.

I would wager to say there is more than enough games to showcase for 24hrs content, a constantly updating website, AND a special, consolidated, twitch stream.

Just think of the promotions for Riot, Valve, and Blizzard with other companies, new viewership spillover from one fanbase to another, and the increased credibility with other viewers & non-viewers.

Just think of the promotions for Riot, Valve, and Blizzard with other companies, new viewership spillover from one fanbase to another, and the increased credibility with other viewers & non-viewers.

 

The only problem would be is licensing these games for public viewing, the personalities that are currently paid by these companies, and getting these multibillion dollar, global internet gaming companies (that are all competing with each other) to play nice and fair in order to get this eESPN network to properly blossom.

I think we might have found the reason why  eESPN has not happened yet, but that does not means it should not happen.

 

But I want to bump the question back to you:

What do you think of a consolidated cable channel dedicated to the competitive side of esports? Would you regularly tune in to watch broadcasted tournament on a TV cable network, even if it was not a esport that you regularly follow? Or, and most importantly of all, would you rather stick to each company’s own Twitch channel on your computer?

Leave a comment down below I am interested in what other people think about this idea.

 


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#400 How Far We’ve Come

Today is a big milestone for me, this Monday is the 400th Be MOP post! What makes this milestone truly impressive is that it is the 400th Be MOP post without skipping a beat on my Monday, Wednesday, Friday schedule that I have set in place with my first post that I made two and a half years ago. This means I wrote through all of my college finals, every sick day, every snowstorm that caused a blackout, and everything that happened to me in my Post-college life.

Looking back on some of my first couple of month’s posts it is amazing how short some those post actually were.

Looking back on some of my first couple of month’s posts it is amazing how short some those post actually were.

 

I have mentioned this before but the Be MOP blog was the result of a winter time walk down main street of my college town, the week before my Juniors finals, and experiencing an early Quarter-life crisis when I realized that I was just a Political Science student, with no minor, soon to go out to the world in just a few short years.

To top it off were people out there who were just a little bit older than me making a living from playing and writing videogames, a job option that was very appealing to me, and I was no where close to being on that track for that sort of career path. Although looking back I was already making some money from writing about videogames, it was just too inconsistent for my liking.

I was actually waiting for WoWinsiders next call for submissions, which was scheduled to return soon before coming to the realization that i could publish these thoughts by myself.

I was actually waiting for WoW Insider’s next call for submissions, which was scheduled to return soon before coming to the realization that I could publish these thoughts by myself.

 

When I first started BeMOP.wordpress.com so long ago I had no idea that it would last for this long, even during my transition from experiencing burnout from World of Warcraft to writing about PC and general gaming events.

And because of little blog I have:

  • dramatically honed my writing abilities
  • 200+ WordPress followers
  • a Twitter account and now it has grown to 500+ followers
  • the confidence to add ‘blogging’ to my resume. (the same resume that I submitted to get my current post-college job)
  • started a Twitch Stream and soon after got accepted in the Streamer Partnership Program from Infinite Crisis.
This one email made my week

This one email made my week

 

For today I just want to say, ‘Thank you’ to everyone who ever stopped by or left comments on this site, swung by my Twitch Stream, follow me on Twitter and even enduring through every single political inspired posts about videogames, literally none of this could be possible without you guys and I thank all of you because of this. It really makes my days and helps motivate me to push through the days when I was hit over the head with writing block and I have the days when I do not want write about anything.

To anyone who is still hesitant about starting or continuing their blogging/streaming experience, start now and just keep going. You might not always pump out your best quality works all the time but you will eventually improve day by day, week by week. Even if you do not get noticed right away, it is better to start building a background of quality content that you can pull up any time to prove you have a solid history of writing or producing content rather than waiting to come up with the perfect way get famous with your debut.

 


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#392 Loving the little things

Since last weekend that I bought them, I have not been playing Super Mario 3D World and Mario Kart 8 every moment I can in my busy, busy schedule. I might talk more about Mario Kart at a later date when I get through enough of the game but as for Super Mario 3D World, it is just like a Super Mario 3D LAND, which I have already wrote about before( Be MOP #349) but with more room to expand in content, design, and beauty now it got a console release.

 No Wii U screenshots right now because I just haven't been able to use the screenshot feature yet but I will for future Wii U posts. Also MK8 is slowly become as enjoyable as MKDD

No Wii U screenshots right now because I just haven’t been able to use the screenshot feature yet but I will for future Wii U posts. Also MK8 is slowly become as enjoyable as MKDD

 

One thing that keeps me loving and coming back to these games are all the little things that the game developers adds to the game. I mention on my Twitch stream that I will instantly become a fan of a game or TV show or any other form of media when I see the creators adding these subtle, almost cosmetic Easter eggs to their products.

One of the reasons I like Infinite Crisis is because that game has so many kill quests or special dialogue hidden in the game that are only unlocked when allied champions are passing each other, when champion help assist another champion with a kill, or when certain champions kills an enemy in a match. Currently with all the current champion pool, and depending on your team compilation and what map you choose to play on, you get to hear about a half-dozen special dialogue between your team and the other team.

Its like everyone has something to say to each other it makes the matches feel more alive

Its like everyone has something to say to each other it makes the matches feel more alive

 

The Scooby Doo Mystery Incorporated show had a throw away scene in one of the early episodes where a Daphne humming a short bit of ‘The New Scooby-Doo Movie” theme song when sewing a bit of cloth on top of references to other Hanna-Barbera shows

Mario Kart 8 has the now internet famous Luigi Death Stare, and a collection of other facial expressions when a player pass another racer but my favorite little feature about this game is that by the final lap around a race track you get to see all the tire marks on the roads, showing you exactly where you and everyone else previously drifted around the turns.

Batman the Brave and the Bold was the all time champion for hiding little things in its show. Almost every episode had a secret nod to obscure parts of DC Comic’s history that only a dedicated fan would get, while still setting out its goal of being an entertaining kids show that sets to introduce various side DC heroes and villains to the new generation of viewers. The moment I knew that this show was amazing was when in, “Requiem for a Scarlet Speedster!” where the episode casually tossed a reference to one the first few scenes in DC Comics’s Crisis on Infinite Earths where Batman sees the ghostly image of Barry Allen’s Flash’s dying moments.

 

That was when I know that this campy little Super Friends-eques show transcended into something truly amazing

It was this moment when I changed my opinions of the Brave and the Bold from a campy little Super Friends show snip off into something truly amazing or outrageous 

 

I love when the creator adds these little references, nods, or Easter eggs into their works and I usually end up following the rest of the series and becoming a loyal fan because the product shows a level of polish that can only be achieved after perfecting everything else in the initial product which is a pretty tall task. which is why it is so rare to see in television and videogames to the point where it should be applauded when ever you see it happen.

 


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#382 Enough with all the Batmans

This week I will celebrate my one month milestone of consistently streaming four times a week on Twitch. If you have been tuning in on my regular broadcasting times you know that I have been playing the open beta of Turbine’s Action Real Time Strategy (or as other people call them, MOBAs) game for DC Comics, Infinite Crisis.

As a beta tester I feel like it is my duty to voice any comments or concerns I have with the game. I have mentioned numerous times that I am not a professional player by any stretch of the imagination and I do not crunch the numbers so I have no idea what champion’s move sets needs to be buffed or nerfed. For my lack of professional videogame skills I can make it up by being a huge comic book fan. As an avid fan of both DC and Marvel comics I can confidently say to Turbine and DC, Enough with all the Batmans!

Listen I understand, In the 1989/early 90’s we saw the shift in popularity from Superman to Batman, almost overtaking the last son of Krypton as the face of DC comics. Who can blame us? During that time we had quality Batman movies and Television shows aired that introduced a new wave of children and young adults into comic books. DC Comics saw this and used Batman in every way to keep us hooked by diverting a heavy focus on the Caped Crusader. But that Batman popularity force shows in Infinite Crisis and it has a bit of a negative impact on the game, as of writing right now 2/3 of the games maps takes place in Gotham City.

I understand Gotham Divided's map decision, showing the meeting point of two worlds but there was no reason to make Gotham's Height's map to take place in Gotham. That dominion map would have worked in a Metropolis or Central City setting

I understand Gotham Divided’s map decision, showing the meeting point of two worlds that have merged together but there was no reason to have Gotham’s Height’s map  take place in Gotham. That circular map would have worked in a Metropolis or Central City setting

 

But the Bat-force does not just stop there, in the character selection screen we currently have 11 characters from the Batman series, with Green Lantern being the runner-up with 5 characters from his comic books and Superman follows up next with only 4 representatives.

To only prove my point even more in the Robin profile Turbine made sure to mention that this Robin was Tim Drake (the third Robin) leaving themselves open for a Nightwing, Red Hood, and another Robin. Not to mention the Atomic Age Joker that has been used in the advertising of the game.

To only prove my point even more in the Robin profile Turbine made sure to mention that this Robin was Tim Drake (the third Robin) leaving themselves open for a Nightwing, Red Hood, and another Robin. Not to mention the Atomic Age Joker that has been used in the advertising of the game.

 

Turbine has the licence to use all of the DC creations in their game plue the 2-3 new universes they created for this game. I want to see them use the most of it. I want them to introduce new non-Batman characters, like Lex Luthor, Kyle Rayner, Saint Walker, Darkseid, The Trickster, Metallo, and Black Manta. Or utilize their already introduced champions with the Gaslight and Nightmare worlds that they have already made. This is not just me belly aching, expanding your roster from beyond the usual suspect will benefit you and DC comics.

I will let all in on a little secret, the Batman Animated Series did not get me into comic books, it only got me to tune in for the next episode or movie . It was the Justice League Unlimited with the introduction of all the extras that finally got me interested in following comics, if only  to figure out the back story of The Question, Huntress, Doctor Fate, and Orion.

Not to leave Marvel out but their Civil War event was the first comicbook trade I ever bought and that did the same thing, it showed me a world of other characters that had their own back stories and experiences that you had to go read for yourself.

Not to leave Marvel out but their Civil War event was the first comic book trade I ever bought and that did the same thing, it showed me a world of other characters that had their own back stories and experiences that you had to go out read/research for yourself.

 

If Turbine add these B and C list heroes and get the players interested in those characters enough to go on to the Wiki pages and eventually pick up some actual comic books you will have an invested user base that will help support the game, the parent company (DC Comics), and any new caped videogames that comes out during Infinite Crisis’s run.

So Turbine please, cool it with the Batmans for a while.

 


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#376 Spare an Extra Buck for Extra Life?

Today’s blog post is going to be a little different. Instead of a post that talks about my adventures in a recent video game or my opinions on a recent game story I would instead like to announce my participation in this year’s Extra Life Charity event.

 

I have mentioned this event before (Be MOP #370) but this Extra Life event allows video game players from around the world to come together in order to do what we love best. On Saturday October 25th, we’ll play for an entire 24 hours in order to raise money for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals charity. You sponsor me, I’ll play and sick little kids will benefit.

I ran into the Extra Life organization at last year’s Boston FIG and I had wanted to join the 2013 Extra Life event, but because I was unemployed at the time I could not justify setting that much time and effort aside to raising money and to actually play videogames all day when I could spend my time looking for a full-time job. But, a year later, I have found a proper job and I am now financially stable enough to take a full day off from my life to play video games for the sake of charity.

Plus I think this is a good cause

It’s what our gaming community does

 

Last weekend I finally sat down and officially signed up as a participant for the event. When I was at the sign-up page on the Extra Life website I decided to set the my fundraising goal at $200, above the 100 dollar minimum but still achievable for a first time fundraiser. When it came to which hospital I should donate all the proceeds to I chose to support the local Boston Children’s Hospital.

Now, I have just over four months to raise 200 dollars to reach my goal and in order to achieve this I need to find eight people to sponsor me at the rate $1/hr (24$ total), but any amount of donation would be appreciated. You wouldn’t have to sponsor all 24 hours if you didn’t want to, you could sponsor the last few hours or just make a set amount donation.

Extra life wants to try to have people sponsor players by the hour but as you can see there is a variety of different options. including a custom amount to donate.

Extra life wants to try to have people sponsor players by the hour but as you can see there is a variety of different options. including a custom amount to donate.

 

From years of volunteering at my fair share of political organizations I have realized that blindly asking for money without giving back to the community will not get you very far. So starting today if you donate to my cause, at any price, your name will be credited on the list of my sponsors that will be credited on my Twitch Channel (and possibly creating a new Blog page) and people who donate at the rate of $1/hr will be entered in a raffle to name of our family’s brand spanking new baby chicks.

My mom has offered this deal to others. She’s a writer so she traded an interview for naming rights and as a result we have a Jodi Picoult, Judy Blume, Chris Bojalian, and Meg Cabot chicken in our flock. Your chicken would be in outstanding company.

and here’s the lucky lady in question and for donation of just $24 you could have the chance to name this chicken

and here’s the lucky lady in question and for donation of just $24 you could have the chance to name this chicken

 

Followers of my mother’s blog (simplethrift) will know that my family owns and raises chickens as pets. Just recently my family received a new batch of chicks that are currently unnamed and out of the goodness of my mother’s heart she has allowed me the to give a lucky donator the chance to name one of the newest chickens in our coup anything they want (but she does ask you to keep it clean.)

And to sweeten the deal even more if we reach the stretch goal of $200 by October 25th, as a treat to everyone I will stream the entire of 24 hours of gameplay on Twitch. I am going to play videogames for the entire day but if we reach the goal you get to see video proof of it.

My current streaming schedule is in place so that I will be well seasoned at Livestreaming by the time the Extra Life event kicks off

My current streaming schedule is in place so that I will be well seasoned at livestreaming by the time the Extra Life event kicks off

 

If you would like to donate to this wonderful event, my Extra Life donation account can be found HERE. The site currently accepts all credit cards. This won’t be the last time I mention this event but the sooner I reach my goal of $200 the sooner I can stop asking for donations.

And to any other gamers out there that found themselves interested in this event and want to try their hand as raising money for a local hospital the extra life FAQ and sign up can be found HERE.

 

Thank you all in advance for your interest and consideration.

 


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#375 What items would I buy from a F2P store

I might have mentioned on this blog before that I have a personal policy against buying anything for myself in Free to Play games. A stingy policy I know, but that policy stops me from paying through the nose for every cosmetic items and every new champion the company constantly pumps out. That being said I do not have a policy of putting money in the F2P market, over the past few years my brothers and I have bought and traded Riot’s League of Legends IP cards for our Birthdays and Holiday because we have all reached that point where my brothers and I no longer want to be gifted stuff, but rather items that we can use.
But because Birthdays and Holidays only come once a year and on top of my purchasing policy of mine makes I do realize that this make it difficult for game designers and the people behind new games like Infinite Crisis and Heroes of the Storm to gather information about my purchasing patterns.

Even though I do not often vote with my wallet that does not mean I should not have a say on what items should be sold in the game. So for today’s blog post, to give the people at Infinite Crisis, Heroes of the Storm, and every other ARTS/MOBA, and F2P game a break I am going to give a quick recap on the few item I have bought in the past when I was at F2P checkout line.

First WoW, now this? I should start charging for my marketing insight and data....nah Im just going to blog about it for free.

First WoW, now this? I should start charging for my marketing insight and data….nah I’m just going to blog about it for free.

Just like yesterday lets cover the types of items that I have sworn to never going to buy from the F2P game:

My first rule is to never pay for in-game boosts/advances that unbalanced the game, this policy is easy because do not play those games where you can gain the upperhand by outspending the opponent.

The next rule I have is never to buy anything that I can earn.

This extends from the champions themselves, extra skill pages in League of Legends, Stolen powers in Infinite Crisis and EXP boosts in the game. Paying for all of those items are for the lazy and it is foolishness to spend money on those items compared to all the other things that could be bought from the online store. On top of that buying shortcuts in the game to the rewards you want seems to be counterproductive to what a game is supposed to be.

After being scorned I will never buy a pallet swapped skin of a champion ever again. This comes after buying the Phantom skin for my favorite League Champion, Karthus when I first got my hands on some microtransaction credits. If buying EXP boosts and champions are lazy on behalf of the player, this is laziness on the game developers to add these slightly changed models into the game. Granted this was a relic of Riot’s older policy on skins, like Nightmare Cho’gath where they just change the colors around and placed it on the store shelves. Now it looks like Riot and good game developers are moving away from this practice and are putting more effort into the skins they create now. In my defence I only bought the Karthus skin because it was a part of the first category of reasons I would buy a skin because it was a holiday skin or a limited edition skin.

Last christmas my brother game a few Riot IP gift cards and as a result I brought a Snow Day Ziggs, a skin that has the bomb enthusiast champion be decked out in snow gear and Riot switched out his normal bombs with snowballs and icicles. Those snowballs and icicles are actually serves a nice segway into the next, final, and greatest reason when it comes to buying a cosmetic skin because there is something special added than the original champion

I am a sucker for once a lifetime deals. Shhh keep it a secret through

I am a sucker for once a lifetime deals. Shhh keep it a secret through

Whether it be added and cool particle effects or a part of history I want to see that the skins that was creative, unique, and most importantly of all see that the game developers actually put some time and effort into it. Two perfect examples of that are the TPA or SKT skins that Riot created after each team won their Worlds championships and the Clark Kent Superman from Infinite Crisis. Something that I can resonate with and that I can show off and something that justifies my choice of giving the free to play gaming company my money.

Also do not tell anyone in videogame marketing team but I will go to the ends of the Earth for a free skins, weather it be waiting hours at PAX Expo hall for convention handouts, Facebook events, surveys, or authenticating my account. You name it I have done it, within reason, for the sake of getting a cosmetic skin for free.

Also do not tell anyone in videogame marketing team but I will go to the ends of the Earth for a free skins, whether it be waiting hours at PAX Expo hall for convention handouts, Facebook events, surveys, or authenticating my account. You name it I have done it, within reason, for the sake of getting a cosmetic skin for free.

 

Be Careful, dear reader, with this information that I have shared with you today on this public blog. I wrote this post with the intention of providing my thought process during the few times of the year when I have the money to purchase microtransactions so that videogame developers can take this data and make skins and cosmetic items that are not more appeal more towards me but to make skins that are more worthy to buy to everyone.

 


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#373 DC’s ability to print money with Infinite Crisis

If you been causally following me on Twitter, Twitch, or this blog you would know that I have been playing my fair share of Infinite Crisis. While I was playing it one comment that I constantly went back to every time I launched the game client, that DC Comics are currently sitting on the ability to print money with Infinite Crisis by way of Microtransactions. Currently Infinite Crisis’s major competitor, League of Legends on top of being the biggest ARTS game on the market, has a bunch of what I call, ‘Totally Not’s going for it. Riot games currently have Totally Not Wonder Woman, Totally Not Poison Ivy, Big Daddy and Cookie Monster.

it is juuuust enough different from the original source material that Riot can't get sued

it is juuuust different enough from the original source material that Riot can’t get sued

 

One of Infinite Crisis’s draw is that they have the licence of all the DC Comics characters to work with, They currently have the real Wonder Woman, Poison Ivy,the rest of the gang while have the potential to add any of the heroes or villains from DC’s studios. as their selling point for the initial incentive to get the comic book geeks of the gaming population to defect from their preferred A.R.T.S/MOBA game and download this game.

On top of the totally real heroes and villains in Infinite Crisis has the ability to make home hitting skins for profit. The art department could bring back one-off costumes from fan favorite comic book events, like the Batman and Superman costumes from the Superman: Red Son series, Parallax Hal Jordan from Emerald Twilight, or the Blue Lantern Flash from Blackest Night. Lest we forget the abundance of materials from the cartoons and movies. The Infinite Crisis art department could take a month off and instead of making any new, original, skins they could just re-release the 1990’s DC Animated Universe skins for all the champions and skill rake in the money.

A perfect example would be this skin, recalling back to a time when Clark needed had to run into a phone booth to change from a mild mannered news reporter to one of the most overpowered heroes of all time.

A perfect example would be this skin, recalling back to a time when Clark needed had to run into a phone booth to change from a mild-mannered news reporter to one of the most overpowered heroes of all time.

It I was in charge of the DC.IC project I would double the art department, then split it in half. Make one side make the original and funny skins for the existing champions, like First Date Doomsday and Slumber Party  Harley Quinn. While the first team is creating those unique skins I would give the other half of the art department the entire 75 years of DC history and have them make nothing but comic book homages from the greatest moments in the DCU.

an incidentally ability to reference the old and obscure past of Batman is the reason why I prefer Batman the Brave and the Bold over the 1990's Batman the animated series and basically I am asking, WHERE IS MY ORIGINAL BATMAN SKIN WITH PURPLE GLOVES

an incidentally ability to reference the old and obscure past of Batman is the reason why I prefer Batman the Brave and the Bold over the 1990’s Batman the animated series and basically I am asking from this post is, WHERE IS MY ORIGINAL BATMAN SKIN WITH PURPLE GLOVES!?

 

It drives me bats that they are sitting on this potential gold mine and they are not just pumping out these skins with every other update. Although on second thought Infinite Crisis probably do not go that route and are showing some self-restraint so they do not give the impression to the gaming crowd that this is game created just to make the most money from microtransactions and special additional gaming purchases.

What? I meant to put mobile games here as the punch line.

What? I meant to put mobile games here as the punch line.

 

 


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