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Esports interviews series #2 - Fatal1ty (136 comments)
Posted by dem0n @ 22:12 CST, 12 January 2016 - iMsg
I have been conducting a research lately around esports and have therefore had the chance to interview some (familiar) faces of esports in search for a better understanding of the phenomenon. At the start of it all, I made clear to my interviewees that their responses were not at first hand meant for wide publishing. However, now that I'm done with using the data, with their agreement, I have the possibility to release it as a series of interviews that can be, in my opinion, an interesting read for many people. So, here it is.

Themes: esports definition, esports origins, women in esports, the sport debate, new technologies, esports audience, esports prospects, upcoming challenges...

Today, I will be releasing the #2 interview notes with United States of America Johnathan "Fatal1ty" Wendel.

Links: twitch fatal1ty, Facebook Fatal1tyGamingGear, Twitter Fatal1ty
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Esports interviews series #1 - k1llsen (86 comments)
Posted by dem0n @ 08:30 CST, 6 January 2016 - iMsg
I have been conducting a research lately around esports and have therefore had the chance to interview some (familiar) faces of esports in search for a better understanding of the phenomenon. At the start of it all, I made clear to my interviewees that their responses were not at first hand meant for wide publishing. However, now that I'm done with using the data, with their agreement, I have the possibility to release it as a series of interviews that can be, in my opinion, an interesting read for many people. So, here it is.

Themes: esports definition, esports origins, women in esports, the sport debate, new technologies, esports audience, esports prospects, upcoming challenges...

Today, I will be releasing the #1 interview notes with Germany Marcel "K1llsen" Paul.

Links: twitch k1llsen_, Facebook k1llsen, Twitter k1llsen
Edited by Badb0y at 08:43 CST, 13 January 2016 - 14329 Hits
How I'd run a Country. (24 comments)
Posted by jamalz @ 03:09 CDT, 6 September 2015 - iMsg
From time to time I like to test my sanity. I'm seeing a lot of crazy shit in the world, which is making me post this. Am I the crazy one? Or do I make sense? Pls tell me.

If I were a dictator and ran a country, this is what I'd do:

To Legalize
-Marijuana would be cultivated,taxed and regulated like alcohol.
-Prostitution would be run by the government. You'd have premium/clean whores to choose from for a decent price.
-Assisted suicide is encouraged and not frowned upon

On Crime
-murderers caught on surveillance video + DNA evidence would be executed immediately
-Drunk drivers and Hit and run drivers that kill someone and get convicted get mandatory sentences of 10 years in jail, no parole. You serve the full fucking 10 years.
-Pedophiles that commit rape/kidnap children are executed
-People with mental health issues that commit murder are executed*

*fuck the insanity plea, you insane? Ok fuck off and die. There's too many normal people around, we don't need to rehabilitate you.

On children
-People would need a license to breed. It is determined by how much $ you make. If you make enough $ by yourself than you can even be a single parent. If you break this rule, you get sterilized, kid gets taken away and you need to pay money owed to the state.
-Homosexuals are glorified and encouraged. We try to make this popular to curve the fucking population growth. However if two homos get together, they are only allowed to adopt children. No in vitro bullshit or surrogate mother bullshit. You are gay = no genetic offspring comes from you, fuck that.
- Pre-natal screening for all women. If the child you are carrying is genetically a hunchback or downy/autistic and we can tell. Then it is aborted. It would only be a drain on society and on yourself. It is not needed.
- People with aids/easily transmittable diseases are quarantined to a specific area and are encouraged to live together. However if you are spreading that shit to normals, then you are executed.

On jobs
--at age 10 everyone on the planet takes a fucking exam, only the smartest kids that pass this exam are allowed to live
-at age 18 everyone again does another couple of exams
- the top 10% in smarts become the world leaders
-the next 20/30% are placed into occupations determined by various exams that pinpoint their strong suits and are left in charge of the remaining population.
- the lower half of the society (the less smart crowd) are only allowed to have 1 child depending on their income and status.

-Veterans that fight for my country are supplied with free prostitution and Marijuana for life. (limit on how often you fuck a bitch though and only enough weed to smoke, not try to sell)
- Fine for not picking up after your dogs. The $ goes to whoever takes video evidence of you and reports you. Not the police. Now everyone will police you and your fucking dog to get $.
-Police wear body cameras at all times and the video footage is reviewed daily by an independent public body. All videos are saved to a library where anyone can access the footage.
-Fat shaming is encouraged. We all need to let off some stress from time to time. It is better than being racist/homophobic because fat people come from all races and are much more annoying. I'd like to make my country filled with fit people so that they use less of our free health care. So fuck off fatties.
-Health care is provided to all and is free
-Bums will not be tolerated. You will be given 3 chances by the government. If you are unable to hold the government appointed position (low wage but livable) then you will be exiled from the country.
-Immigrants are decided by profession and wealth. You are evaluated by an equal from my country and if you are deemed worthy, then you and your immediate family are accepted.
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Interview with Found Em (506 comments)
Posted by Memento_Mori @ 15:52 CDT, 4 August 2015 - iMsg
It's saturday night in Dallas, United States of America rapha just won the stage match against Russia evil, and everyone is celebrating and enjoying the end of QuakeCon 2015.

It's 3:30am and I get the chance to sit down on the interview couch, my fellow audio recorder at hand, and chat with United States of America rapha, United States of America cl0ck and United States of America ZeRo4. They are the core of team United States of America Found Em, who had gone through an incredible series of events (and lineups) leading up to this tournament.

At first I thought this would be a short interview with just rapha touching a specific topic, but as the flood gates open wide, and more team members join the chat and add their perspective, I realize this is going to be a large piece, with many topics and side stories.

We end up staying there for more than one hour, going over the whole story of their preparation to the tournament, all the different line ups, and the behind the scene of some of the most dramatic acts.

Update: Canada sparks' reply to the interview.

Reminder: The views and opinions expressed in this interview are soley those of the interviewee. These views and opinions do not necessarily represent those of interviewer, the site, and/or any/all contributors to this site.
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Edited by Memento_Mori at 01:48 CDT, 8 August 2015 - 93674 Hits
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What Quake could learn from Smash. (8 comments)
Posted by GMT @ 13:01 CST, 7 March 2015 - iMsg
I've written a two part series looking at what makes the Smash community so great, and how the Quake community can learn from it, over on FPS Pulse.

The first part is an introduction just setting the base for the real meat and veg, part 2. Part 2, titled "The How", will feature a full interview with Apex 2015 champion ZeRo + statements from TaFoKiNts and Nintendude. I'll be tackling the specifics of the Smash community's greatness, and the Quake community's downfalls.

The Quake community isn't perfect, and the Smash one gets a lot of shit right. In my opinion, we should be looking to emulate a lot of their philosophies. Part 2 will release on the 10th of March.

Part 1:

Let me know what you think!
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Fragging for Fun... Or Real Sport? (84 comments)
Posted by storm @ 08:11 CST, 24 February 2015 - iMsg
This is an argument for the validity of electronic sports as an actual recognised sport. I wrote this in 2006 but didn't publish it until now. Most of the information might be a bit dated, but I think it might be useful for some people. This is aimed towards an audience that is not familiar with eSports and therefore has explanations in some depth and comparisons to other established sports.

Page 1: Introduction
Page 2: Chapter 1: eSports history
Page 3: Chapter 2: Gaming team evolution
Page 4: Chapter 3: What makes an eSport athlete?
Page 5: Chapter 4: Money in eSports
Page 6: Chapter 5: Media Coverage in eSports
Page 7: Chapter 6: What the future holds for eSports
Page 8: Chapter 7: So what needs to be done?
Page 9: Chapter 8: eSports organisations
Page 10: Bibliography

By Steven Timms aka 'storm'
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Edited by Teen Queen at 03:15 CST, 25 February 2015 - 22407 Hits
The fall of camera man (5 comments)
Posted by donka @ 10:20 CST, 12 February 2015 - iMsg
Those who can attribute themselves to the oldfag days can recall that a cameraman on GTV could make or break the experience for thousand viewers watching the show. The human touch behind the camera was not an ability, but a necessity before the automation helped with followkiller and followpowerup commands. The human would concentrate on the proper point of view and the human would select which battles or areas would be more spectacular for the viewer. Naturally, the human element came with errors that sometimes were simply debated by viewers, sometimes irritating, and at times even irreversible costly: missing a huge quad run or a flag cap, or leaving the camera staring at a ceiling for 2 hours at WCG.

The aforementioned automation made life easier, and at times safe, but what it also did Ė it took the soul element out of camera work. Today, the camera always follows the killer, always follows quad and flag carriers. Inherently, those are correct choices for focusing the POV, but it comes with a cost at another end Ė overcorrection. Overcorrection destroys the spectator experience by making games from anything that is soulless, to completely unwatchable.

This spectrum is very easy to dissect:

1. Loss of singularity.
Handing the POV to next player breaks the story. One player game, fueled by his decisions and performance, is one full storyline. Switching the POVs at times becomes something relative to cable surfing, where you are too bored with one good movie to watch, you want to substitute the boring gaps with TruTV top 10 dumbest robbers.

2. Loss of challenge.
Switching POV to a winner seems like a proper thing to do, but why? Letís say cypher got killed while his opponent is fully stacked. Following cypher will tell the story how to perform a champion-grade rebound and how to overcome the uncertainty and the challenge of the incoming pressure. Viewers get to experience the imminent danger glooming around because killing cypher is an emotional event after all and his way back to control is no less interesting than the killerís pursuit.
Whatís the last time you saw the quad player walking in the room with all that danger, the unchallenging power, dismay, and ultimate destruction? Or maybe, the ultimate success of killing a quad? You havenít. You get to follow the quad now and get always the one-sided story.

3. Loss of continuity.
Imagine CTF championship game of 8 players, 4 aim beasts on each team, racking up on average 400 kills in 20 minutes. Add to that 3 power ups, and 2 flags. You get to follow it all. This becomes completely unwatchable experience as the camera switches faster than it does the worst episode on MTV2 reality show.

4. Loss of essence.
All of the above converge to the main drawback of soulless automation Ė the camera does not capture what the game is largely about. One player thought process and strategy. Whether it is duel mind games, TDM team flow, or CTF positioning, auto-follow destroys all of that. Br1ck and whaz might have had the best defense and offense in CTF of all time, you will never know it. You will get to watch their game in 5 seconds intervals mixed with meaningless cess pool in mid.
The issue is even bigger here Ė failure to capture the inexperienced crowd that needs essence to understand what they are watching. I believe this greatly contributed to popularity of TDM and CTF Ė people from beginner modes do not get to feel what the game is about when they consider it on stream. Majority of common men fell in love with the game not by playing it, but by spectating <insert idol here>. New players barely get that experience anymore.

As long as the reflection rant lasted, the conclusion is brief:

Everything in moderation:
While the automation is helpful, donít rely on it fully. Take control of your presentation.

Game modes:
Today, duel manual camera work is doable, in TDM and lolCA it is desirable, and in CTF it is absolutely essential. I do not see much up for discussion here.

Most common source of the game relay today is a single caster. One caster can man the camera and talk about what he sees all at the same time. Have a bind that toggles the follow* variables and execute them only when you feel is appropriate, when you feel that maybe the game is getting boring from current POV or meaningless.
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Strafe 1996 (17 comments)
Posted by tony @ 17:27 CST, 20 January 2015 - iMsg
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15 years ago, on this day, Q3A was born. (123 comments)
Posted by Teen Queen @ 14:46 CST, 2 December 2014 - iMsg
2nd December of 1999 marks the date when Quake 3 Quake III Arena was released. It used the id Tech 3 engine, a competitor to the Unreal engine, both widely licensed, renown and still used to this very day. The game has since become a cult classic, the rise of Quake III Arena marks an important history of esports. The game has received overwhelming strong positive reviews on Metacritic and Gamerankings, giving the Dreamcast version a rating of 93/100 and the PS2 Version 84/100. The PC version scored 89/100.

It was the first part in the quake series that distanced itself from the single-player story driven predecessors. With the huge success from older titles, idsoftware id software decided to put more emphasis on multi-player, channeling all their focus on fluidity, net-code, and online functions. There is an offline campaign available which let's players climb their ranks and defeating PC controlled opponents. Atmosphere resembles the old quakes, including Gothic and Lovecraftian themes with a few new tricks up it's sleeve such as cyber-gothic areas and futuristic level designs.

Although lore was never a big part of the game, it attracted plenty fan-fiction writers and cosplayers. It was ported to PlayStation 2, Dreamcast and Xbox live.

Quake III Arena and its respective mods are still relatively active, have communities and are generally accepted as one of the most remarkable games ever made with an enormous community that shook the world. One may argue that it is the last great thing done by the core id software team, with big names still actively involved in the development.

"Welcome to the Arena, where high-ranking warriors are transformed into spineless mush. Abandoning every ounce of common sense and any trace of doubt, you lunge onto a stage of harrowing landscapes and veiled abysses. Your new environment rejects you with lava pits and atmospheric hazards as legions of foes surround you, testing the gut reaction that brought you here in the first place. Your new mantra: Fight or be finished."
ó id Software overview
Edited by Teen Queen at 14:58 CST, 2 December 2014 - 41532 Hits
Newborn Interview (Reflex) (133 comments)
Posted by sulit @ 09:20 CDT, 14 September 2014 - iMsg
Hey Everyone! Here is another Interview. This time I ask Australia Newborn some questions about upcoming Arena FPS game Reflex. Reflex is a highly anticipated arena fps game inspired by CPM gameplay. In this interview, Newborn answers questions about Matchmaking, Ranking Systems, and esports support. Hope you guys enjoy!

Links: Youtube, Reddit, Twitter
Edited by Badb0y at 22:46 CDT, 14 September 2014 - 58726 Hits
Video Games Want You To Cheat (129 comments)
Posted by Brainie @ 11:20 CDT, 17 June 2014 - iMsg
This article aims to describe from a sociological point of view the phenomenon of cheating. It does not attempt to release any kind of debate about cheaters and cheating.

Reminder from the author: I am not a psychologist nor a sociologist. I just enjoy to read and think about video game psychology. The resources I use are retrieved from my university course notes. Keep in mind I am an amateur although I use true concepts and existing ideas from the sociological and psychological field.

Woah, this guy is good! Damn he beat me again... I wish I could know how he did that! How did he know I was there? If only I could see what's going on in his mind I could probably be better... Maybe I could just go watch him play against someone else or ask for his demo? But that won't change the way I'm doing right now...

Like a complex puzzle or an impossible maths problem, we always wonder what is the answer. We ask for clues, we want to know what is happening on the other side of our screen. What is the only and simplest way to know in real time what the opponent is doing in order to become better than him? What if... we could see through walls? Oh but that's not fair right? But if it's not fair, why are there cheats? Why does our game have cheats if we cannot use them?
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Edited by Demiurge at 21:42 CDT, 17 June 2014 - 38744 Hits
Video game conditioning (13 comments)
Posted by Brainie @ 19:25 CDT, 11 June 2014 - iMsg
The attempt of this article is to suggest an hypothesis to describe the influence of a video game such as Quake on the player's play style in other video games.

Please note that I do not have straight answers and I do not pretend to have the absolute truth in this topic. I am just passionate about video game psychology and psychology itself. However, the concepts and my experience in psychology are based on the courses I have followed as a university student. Therefore this content has to be considered as a suggestion or a hypothesis based on true concepts in psychology.

NBR: I will often use the term "Quake" as a reference to any type of Quake game so this will include Quake Live, Quake 3, and so on, as I consider these games to be very close and similar in terms of philosophy and environment.

Edited by Brainie at 04:15 CDT, 14 June 2014 - 11128 Hits
betting analysis for qlrankstv (8 comments)
Posted by melba @ 10:11 CDT, 25 May 2014 - iMsg
intro disclaimers:
First time I'm betting, most of this is completely new to me.
Note that in this article there is a discussion of betting systems, and none of them depend on Elo ratings at all. I'm using Elo as a simple way to derive some winpct (discussed below) for use with the betting systems.

topics covered:
- Elo, where it works, where it fails, using it in bets
- simulation of betting
- betting systems - flat betting, positive progressions, negative progressions, cancellation betting, the Kelly criterion
- some basic simulation results
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Edited by Demiurge at 08:07 CDT, 28 May 2014 - 13821 Hits
Space CTF heatmaps (18 comments)
Posted by Nakilon @ 20:16 CDT, 15 May 2014 - iMsg
Actually this concept and research was done three years ago, but today I found time to publish some results. The initial idea was about identifying fake accounts playing Space CTF by rendering their portaljump technique like a fingerprint. But later I found, that heatmaps of the entire map are more informative.

Since from demos we have 5 axes (X, Y, Z, yaw, pitch), we can draw 10 projections, but I chose three the most interesting of them.

Each another player rendered in this way would get some annotations from me, so this article could have a lot of text, but at the end I decided to put all annotations directly onto the image.

You may send me demos if you want them to be converted into such pictures. But be sure the whole demo was recorded from POV of a one player and without switching teams. I almost didn't draw another maps and didn't compare obvious fakes, since have not much time to stalk and record.
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Binder Online for multi-stroke bindings (10 comments)
Posted by Nakilon @ 04:29 CDT, 13 May 2014 - iMsg
Initially Quake doesn't allow you to define multi-stroke bindings easily -- it needs some jumping around configs.
Binder was a tool doing it for you. A config such as this:
q s : say_team QUAD SOON!
q 1 : say_team QUAD in 10 seconds! // 10sec
q 5 : say_team QUAD in 5 seconds! // 5sec
q r 1 : say_team RED POWERUP in 10 seconds! // 10sec
q b 5 : say_team BLUE POWERUP in 5 seconds! // 5sec

\ d 1 : say ^7DA uDu Tbl HAXyu OT MEH9 6**** ^4(c) ^7coolle^4R
\ d 3 : say ^7Try it without Guillom (c) rail

\ c s : callvote shuffle

\ c 1 : callvote teamsize 1 // ts1
\ c 2 : callvote teamsize 2 // ts2
\ c 8 : callvote teamsize 8 // ts8

\ c m s : callvote map spacectf
\ c m 6 : callvote map campgrounds
transforms into several configs and you shouldn't bother to know how do they work.

The first version of Binder was made by me three years ago as offline executable. Now I decided to make it available online here:
It already has some tutorial, but any discussion is welcome here in comments.

It works for Quakelive and probably Q3A, etc. Theoretically I can adapt it to any another game, which can /exec configs.
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