Tuesday, December 04, 2007

The Most Important TV Event in the History of Videogames

At least that's what the subject line of the email said - Some PR rep sent me the press release below. It goes without saying that this rep has a gift for hyperbole, but I guess she did her job and got my attention.
The Most Important TV Event in the History of Video Games to Air Exclusively on DIRECTV’s Channel 101 - Top Teams from Around the World Compete in the Championship Gaming Series World Final for the Coveted Dew Trophy and $1,000,000 Prize Purse. DIRECTV, the nation’s leading satellite television service provider, is making sports history once again with the exclusive live broadcast of the inaugural Championship Gaming Series (CGS) World Final. The competition will take place December 6-14 at the Sony Studios in Los Angeles where more than 100 of the world’s top professional gamers will compete for the league’s first-ever World Champion title and a share of the $1,000,000 prize purse. All the action will be captured live and in HD on DIRECTV’s original entertainment channel, The 101, starting December 6 at 10pm ET.
The CGS World Final will be the first-ever international gaming event to present all the action live, as it happens, allowing fans at home to experience the match-ups like any other sport. The groundbreaking coverage will commence with the start of CGS World Final on December 6 and broadcast three hours of single elimination competitions each night leading up to the championship game on December 14.
The playoffs will feature the top CGS teams from around the world as they compete in PC and console based games. Valve’s Counter-Strike: Source and EA’s FIFA 2007 are the official PC games for CGS while Tecmo’s Dead or Alive 4 (DOA4) and Project Gotham Racing 3 (PGR3) from Microsoft Game Studios will be played on Xbox 360. Each round of the World Final is single elimination and the last team standing will receive the coveted Dew Trophy as well as $500,000 in prize money.
CGS World Final event schedule is as follows:
December 6: CGS World Final press conference December 6: First round day 1 December 7: First round day 2 December 10: Quarterfinals day 1 December 11: Quarterfinals day 2 December 13: Semifinals & Itagaki Challenge December 14: Final
Xbox Live Update - If you turned on your 360 today you were greeted with the fall update. Rejoice in the new family timer, Microsoft's attempt to appeal to those ridiculous family watchdog groups who spend more time worried about games they never play while they let their kids watch Saw III. Other new features? A few orginal Xbox games are available for download, as are free themes and picture packs for them (no puchase necessary), some organizational changes and the new friends list features....and that's about it. Nothing really groundbreaking. I do like the options now available on friends lists. I was talking to my brother this afternoon while he was at work and asked him who the people were on his friends list to see if I wanted to send an invite to any of his buddies I know. Gamers can now also make adjustments to their bio where they can add their name, where they live and a short quote. Again, not really anything earth shattering but at least MS takes the time to continuously fine tune its already great online service.
Well its about damn time - Finally some Bioshock DC! Considering how competitive the gaming market is, Bioshock finally adding some downloadable content almost 4 months after its release is a shame. Its such a great game, it needed this plasmid shot in the arm 2 months ago. At least its free for both PC and 360 gamers. Below is a list of the new content, also included is a new widescreen feature option.
Four Plasmids and Gene Tonics:
- Sonic Boom: Hurls creatures and objects back with a blast of force
- EVE saver: Enables Plasmids to use less EVE
- Vending Expert: Reduces prices in the vending machines
- Machine Buster: Increases the amount of damage players deal to cameras, bots and turrets
Achievements (exclusive to Xbox 360):
Gain 100 points for “Brass Balls,” by beating BioShock on the “hard” difficulty setting without dying


Eli the Mad (Beer) Man said...

Gave the new plasmids a run last night (I still haven't finished the game, but I'm damn close!). You're right... they could have used this 2 months ago, but hey... can't look a gift slicer in the mouth, right?

Cool additions. 'Specially when they only cost 1 Fountaine Buck.

I really wish this had a multiplayer online component!!!! Oh well... guess I'll have to settle for replaying it.

Since we're talking about BioShock... have you heard all the stuff coming out about difficult Ken Levine (the creator) is to work with? Apparently none of them want anything to do with him ever again. Ever. That's harsh!

Not sure how good Bio2 is gonna be without Levine's input though. Granted, the world is there, but... what a creepy world! Absolutely love this game.

Terry "coloradojoe" Terrones said...

I love Bioshock, just an outstanding game. I met Ken Levine at the walkthrough for Bioshock at E3 and he seemed like a cool guy. You could just tell he had such a strong passion for the game. He may be a pain to work with but its tough to argue with the results.

I can't imagine Bioshock 2 being nearly as good without his contribution.