Title: E-Sports and The Hot Seat
Run Time: 25 min 03 secs
Host: Luke Rodgers
Panelists: Oktober, Nabbit
Topic: E-Sports: Viable Leagues or Fad?
- Oktober and Nabbit get into telling tales about some of the games around in the “Old Days.” These included Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo, Bust-A-Move, Pac-Man and Street Fighter Alpha.
- Nabbit is not overly excited about the name “E-Sports”…He thinks it feels a lot like how everything had an “X” in it in the ’90s.
- Oktober regales us with the “Old Days” of Video Game Tournaments. This was a time before EVO and other leagues, when the idea of being a professional player was unimaginable.
- The discussion of what makes a good professional player (Youth and good reflexes). Nabbit talks about the use of strategy and training as other factors. But we all admit that we’re all old.
- Another issue is the rapid retirement of many players. And to achieve that level of skill most only focus on one or two games.
- Luke asks who decides what games are played in competition? Nabbit says that it is a lot like viral video’s…you are never sure which one will hit it “big.” Oktober suggests that some companies (like Blizzard) are much more aware of the market than others.
- Luke also wonders whether the leagues can sustain their existence because the games change over. He makes the point that it’s not like the NFL or NBA because the basic rules of the game are standardized.
- The panel talks about whether the future of of E-sports is Virtual Reality. Nabbit thinks that it is too soon to tell, but it could easily become the next stage after the leagues get really well established.
- Oktober talks about this story about a young girl who gets accused of cheating while playing OverWatch…and then shows her real skills to prove she’s not.
- Nabbit wants more than Shooters and Fighting games out of E-sports. He suggests bring back Mechwarrior! Strategy, Equipment Modification….and those pods!
Game: “Drink It” Or “Sink It” Challenge
It’s time for the Seat Warmer. An enjoyable combination of hot chocolate, caramel and, of course, Fireball Whisky. Oktober compares it to a Mexican Hot Chocolate, while Nabbit likes it but thinks it needs a marshmallow or two. Try it out and let us know how hot your seat gets. (Recipe is the post before these notes)