One of the many events and celebrations that came with BlizzCon this year was a whole lot of esports. Now, I’ve never really understood the madness that comes with this new event, but I also don’t believe that everyone has to love everything, so if people out there want to go crazy for it then all the more power to them. Just because I’m not a huge fan of baseball doesn’t mean that I should discount those who are fans and who follow it with excitement.
Blizzard hosted the Overwatch World Cup, the StarCraft World Championship Global Finals, and the World of Warcraft Arena World Championship – plus a few more during their BlizzCon, and it’s safe to say they’ll continue to do so as esports grows in popularity. It’s an area of video games that involves a LOT of money, both for participants and advertisers. It has become such a big thing that earlier this year Blizzard announced they would be opening their very own esports arena in L.A. for Overwatch, World of Warcraft, Heroes of the Storm, and Hearthstone competitions. They’re getting in on the ground floor, and I can’t say I blame them. Even looking at the twitch streams that broadcast esports you can tell that this isn’t something that’s going away any time soon. Thousands of viewers spend countless hours watching the battles take place and even placing wagers on who they think is going to win it all. There has also been a fair bit of drama regarding teams involved in esports over the years, everything from people getting kicked off of teams to not being able to compete because they can’t enter the US.
One of the good things that happens by these types of interests cropping up is that there’s room for all sorts of expansion outside of the actual esports events. New websites pop up, new fan sites, new interest and hype for the fans. You can check out William Hill’s latest e-sport matches, read up on the latest team drama, and even place bets on who you think is going to win. There is a lot of room for growth because it’s a relatively new development still, and if it’s something you’re particularly passionate about then that makes it even easier. I love watching the hype and excitement.
None of these things is bad (IMO) even if I don’t quite understand the whole following. I’m not that big of a golf fan either, but that doesn’t mean I discount it as a sport (OK, well, I do, but that’s not the point here). Maybe one day we’ll even see esports as an Olympic sport, though I don’t think we are anywhere near there yet.
Did you watch any of the events at BlizzCon or have you ever watched any of the esports events that have taken place over the past few years? What were your thoughts? Are esports really “sports” as we’re familiar with the term or do you think they need their own non-sport category? As always, let me know in comments!
You’re a 10 year old boy named Hans, and it’s your birthday. Instead of being happy for surviving another year, you’re angry at your mother because your father is off to war, and she doesn’t have any gifts or sweets for you.
So you decide to leave, in search of fame and treasure.
That’s how my experience with The Count Lucanor started out. I believe I got the game as part of a humble bundle, and I decided that I should try to play through some games that I wouldn’t normally play. I may not get very far in them, but it should make for an interesting post.
This game is a pixel rpg game, and I had no idea what to expect.
Hans set out from his home with some coin, a cane, and some cheese. He ended up finding a bone for his dog first – the start of many good deeds he thought he was doing. As he wandered away from home he gave his cane (his mother had given it to him, it was an heirloom from his grandfather) to an old woman who said she needed it. How was he supposed to know she was going to use the cane on her poor pig to whip it!
Continuing to walk along, he came to a donkey that looked like it was starving, so he fed him some apples. Then he found the donkey’s master – and the guy stole gold from Hans! He had intended on giving the guy just one gold coin but he took two of them, leaving Hans with one gold remaining. Mother did tell him not to be wasteful.
Walking even further, Hans spotted a shepherd with his goats. The shepherd was hungry, so Hans offered to give up some of his cheese. The shepherd said he had some wine he could give Hans in exchange, so they had a lovely picnic together – until Hans passed out from too much wine.
When Hans woke up.. creepy weird stuff was going on. With goats.
The shepherd was dead, his head sitting on a log, and he was surrounded by evil goats. Hans ran. He ran. He ran.
He didn’t make it.
This is a VERY weird game, but I’m enjoying it so far. We’ll have to see what adventures Hans gets to next time. Maybe he’ll hang onto that cane and try to take down the goats.
I did end up buying the virtual ticket for BlizzCon this year but because so many things were all happening that weekend (husband home for a visit, extra life, etc) I didn’t get a chance to watch a single presentation, so I followed along on twitter and picked up what tidbits I could.
First of all, I was incredibly pleased to hear that the Hogger costume won first place. I follow the creator on twitter and watching the costume process was incredible. There’s a whole lot of talent there.
Of course I heard about the new Vanilla servers – people have wanted this for ages, and I’m glad they’re going to get it. Will I play? Probably. It’s not a big deal to me though. I don’t lament for those days gone by like I did with the EQ2 progression servers. It will be something neat to check out and that’s about it.
The next expansion has been getting a fairly luke warm reception from friends in my circles, and I haven’t really decided how I feel yet. Most of them are tired of the same ‘Alliance vs. The Horde’ mentality, and would rather see something new. None of the expansion details grabbed at them like artifacts did in the past (or garrisons). I was hoping to see something big like player housing or maybe news that pet battles would be moved to mobile. New races are fun though and I’m sure I’ll make a new character or two to check them out as well as the lore behind them.
I’m enjoying my time in WoW quite a bit. I don’t get a whole lot of time to play, but I’ve been working away at those older achievements and leveling up my gnome warrior. I still prefer to play Horde, but bounce between things. It’s still quite some time before my partner in crime returns to game (3+ months) but there’s lots for me to do on my own.
Anyone else have some thoughts about the announcements? Let me know in comments, and as always, happy gaming, no matter where you find yourself!
This weekend was one that I certainly won’t be forgetting any time soon. The Combat Wombat Extra Life team did amazing, and almost reached our total goal. I had a pretty low threshold for my own goal, but I reached it and that makes me happy. After all, every little bit helps. I was raising money for the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation – a place very near and dear to my heart since Leo was in the NICU for three weeks after being born and if we had any issues he would have been sent there. They do great work. Anyway, I streamed some RimWorld and then my husband donned his Daddy costume and played Dream Daddy: A Dating Sim on stream. You can catch the videos of that over on my twitch page and my YouTube channel. It was hilarious.
I’m so proud of our community. We don’t always play the game games or have the same interests but it was absolutely amazing to come together for an event like this. When I wasn’t streaming or watching my husband be silly I tuned in to the other Wombats and friends who were participating. You all did wonderful and I hope everyone had fun.
There’s still time to donate over at my page, and you can also check out the Combat Wombat team page for progress. I’m already looking forward to playing next year. I did intend to get some Fortnite played but I had to quickly change my plans because my Llama Bean had other ideas. Ideas that involved him sitting on my lap, and typically that means one hand to hold him and the other hand to game with. Fortnite is one of those games where you need both hands.
Did you raise money for Extra Life? How was your experience? Let me know in comments, and as always, happy gaming no matter where you find yourself!
Oh, and another HUGE thank you to everyone who donated. You guys, are amazing. This smile I have today is because of you.