Even though it’s been years and years since I’ve done any real competitive gaming, I still love the competitive gaming scene. I love reading about matches or watching videos of games I don’t even play just because I find other’s enthusiasm for them infectious. And speaking of infections, it just does not get more contagious than Daigo vs Justin Wong. I don’t care if you’ve never picked up a joystick in your life, you cannot watch the above video without being swept up in the rapturous roar of the crowd. I’ve seen it so many times a number count wouldn’t do it justice, and yet the crowd’s utter delirium at the sight of Daigo’s impossible maneuver makes my blood pump a little faster every damned time.
Here’s the rub, though. In the 7 years since that video hit the web, I never fully understood what I was watching. But thanks to the PA Report, a brilliant, instabookmark new gaming blog launched by Penny Arcade, now I do.
PA-R honcho Ben Kuchera sat down with Seth Killian, the announcer in the video/Capcom’s community manager, to explain moment-by-moment what is actually happening and why every nerd in the room loses their godsdamned mind when the shit (doesn’t) hit the fan. If you, like ig’nant ‘ole me, thought Daigo was just blocking Wong’s attack this entire time and got lucky, you really should read the play-by-play. It’ll be years and years before eSports are taken seriously by mainstream sports crowds (in the US), but knowing precisely who Daigo was, what he was up against, and how calculated those moves were, I’d like to submit this as Exhibit A as to why eAtheletes and all the training they put in should not be dismissed just because it takes place on a motherboard instead of a field.
I haven’t seen Chronicle yet, but by most accounts it’s a fun, innovative take on superheroes. So obviously screenwriter Max Landis’ knows a thing or two about superheroes and comics, right? I mean, surely the guy who also made a 17-minute long parody video called The Death and Return of Superman knows what he’s talking about, right? Well, our Movies.com resident Superman expert Jeffrey Taylor has a thing or two to say about it.
I just love this piece. Not because I hated Landis’ video, though it does have a smarmy “It’s okay if I love something dorky as long as I point out how dorky it is” attitude to it, but because I love that Jeff points out that you can make a perfectly great parody out of the death of Superman and you wouldn’t even have to make shit up for it work.
I just wish I knew as much about any single topic as Jeff knows about the world of the Man of Steel. Back when the Wikipedia SOPA blackout was happening, I was publishing Jeff’s history of kryptonite and thought, “Well, if anyone needs to know about Kryptonite today, we got ’em covered.”
Long live nerdom.
Guy Pearce has been letting me down lately (here’s looking at you, Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark), but I’m all for him trying to pull of a Snake Plissken in space movie. I love that it even has gravely voice doing the intro.
My wife and I had our first official date at a LAN Party back in 2002. It’s an oddly strange realization that our relationship is older than Valve’s Source Engine. In fact, I remember showing Christine the first ever E3 Half-Life 2 tech demo that showed off Source’s revolutionary physics engine. And I remember sitting there, outputting this video of barrels falling down a giant plinko wall to my bedroom TV (yep, even back then I was into building HTPCes– Christine even used to come over every now and then and watch me play Counter-Strike 1.3 matches on that old ass TV) and thinking, “Either I’m dating the coolest chic ever if she’s impressed by this tech demo or she’s a really, really good actress.”
Anyways, this is a long way of saying that I still love the stuff people still do with the Source engine nearly a decade after its creation. And yes, this is a 45-minute long video of a group of friends playing Elevator: Source, a mod that features nothing but fast paced elevator simulation.
I assure you that I have no intentions of turning this site into a political forum, but I do find it fascinating when pop-culture, particularly the sci-fi side of things, and politics collide, mainly because politicians are apparently more into science fiction than the rest of us. So, if you recently saw/read about how Presidential Candidate/Lecherous Scumbag Newt Gingrich opened his latest Florida campaign with a promise that by the end of his second term there would be a colony of 13,000 people on the moon, once the dread of his second term proclamation wears off, you might have been wondering a few of the same things I was, the main question being why the hell is Gingrich suddenly obsessed with restarting our space program?
Well, as it turns out, science fiction author Warren Ellis is quite tuned into our current space program, how probable and legal a manned moon colony is, and why exactly someone like Gingrich would bring up such a literally pie in the sky scheme when there are already too many terrestrial issues to deal with. Ellis recently gave an interview to Vice’s Motherboard offshoot, and I recommend giving it a read. Here’s an excerpt: (more…)