Spamming Eviscerate since 2004


Why E-Sports isn’t catching on

If 2010 and 2011 are to be remembered in a future full of professional gamers and wide-audience viewership of “e-sports,” they will certainly be recalled as years in which the phenomenon of watching other people play videogames skyrocketed from an obscure nerdy niche to a regular nerdy niche.

Sure, South Korea has lived and breathed this way of life for over a decade with Starcraft, but with the release of Starcraft 2, spectator fever has taken over PC gaming in a big way. Tournaments are regularly bankrolling the most well known players, and streaming commentary is so popular that now professional commentators are becoming commonplace.

And it’s spreading outside of Starcraft’s universe: with over 35,000 players tuning in to and similar sites to watch Super Street Fighter 4, Marvel vs Capcom 3 and Mortal Kombat tournaments take place, it appears fighting games are gaining crowd momentum, too. With all this excitement, money, and public interest pouring in, it seems like society is on the precipice of mainstream acceptance of e-sports as an acceptable voyeuristic past-time, much like regular sports.

But there’s one tiny problem.

Wait, why should I explain it to you? You’re not even a fucking blogger.

What the hell does that have to do with anything? Exactly. It doesn’t. But if you’ve spent any time trying to learn a competitive game, you’ve probably encountered comments like this all the time.

“Man, Ryu is really hard to beat.”

“What the fuck are you, 4800 BP rank C garbage? Step up your game before you complain”


“Geez, wouldn’t it be cool if Queens were massive units to counter Forcefields?”

“Wouldn’t it be cool if you shut the fuck up, Bronze League moron?”

No, I’m not rank C or in Bronze league, nor do I spend a lot of time complaining about balance or posting balance suggestions in forums. But spend a few days on GameFAQs, TeamLiquid, Steam Powered User Forums, or anywhere with a budding competitive gaming community, and you’ll quickly learn that players who aren’t in the top 2% of the skill curve aren’t welcome at the discussion table.

Look, I get it. I know that someone who doesn’t make SCVs past the 5 minute mark is terrible. I understand that a player who doesn’t even know MK9 has a block button probably isn’t too well educated about meter management. I understand why these players’ opinions aren’t strategically sound. But for fuck’s sake, maybe we could all be a little nicer about it?

When low-tier players jump into forums or onto streams and talk about the game, sure they’re misinformed. But if proponents of e-sports and competitive gaming want their hobby to become slightly more publicly acceptable than pissing in grandma’s garden in broad daylight, they’re going to have to play nice with the newbies. Think about the rest of the world for a minute. Ever go to a sports bar on Super Bowl Sunday, or sit around talking football with your cousins at a barbeque? Ten dollars says conversations like this don’t pop up very fucking often:

“Did you see that pass? Manning is amazing! I can’t believe that play isn’t more popular at the 40.”

“Dude, shut the fuck up. Have you ever played football competitively? Even in the minor leagues? I bet you didn’t even play on the high school team.”

“What does that have to do with anyth-”

“Yeah I didn’t think so, you fuckin scrub.”

There are a few reasons nobody talks like this. First of all, unlike e-sports, it’s not very easy to become a professional or even serious hobbyist football player without ridiculous luck. But more importantly, these conversations don’t happen because they are bat shit insane and would make you look like an asshole.

Yet drop by Team Liquid and post your thoughts on a recent Starcraft 2 match, and do a shot every time someone asks you how big your dick is…err I mean what league you’re in. Or do a shot whenever your opinion is treated with contempt before it’s treated with an earnest willingness to educate. I guarantee you’ll be dead of alcohol poisoning before a 7 Roach Rush could be knocking at your door.

Simply put, e-sports will never become mainstream unless the competitive gaming community can get over itself and open a dialog with lower level players, hobbyists, and unskilled spectators. The average baseball fan can’t throw a curveball. The average NASCAR fan would shit himself if he drove over 140 mph. Hell, half the world’s soccer fans can’t afford three meals a day, nevermind spare the energy to insult one another over what constitutes perfect goalkeeping. Yet despite the fanbases of these sports being almost universally non-competitive (or even non participating) audience members, sports are incredibly popular, if you haven’t realized. Maybe part of that is that they’ve been around longer, but I’d bet part of it is that the average viewer is allowed to share his or her opinion without getting publicly humiliated by everyone in hearing distance.

So before you flame, rage, or insult the next poster who asks why kill streaks aren’t in Battlefield, take a deep breath and think about the impact on the future of competitive gaming; because damnit I want to play Guild Wars 2 in a stadium as thousands of people cheer on my PvP team.

Heroic Chimearon and Atramedes on Vacation!

My fraps has been wonky lately BUT a fellow raider has recorded our kills for your viewing pleasure!

Look at my awesome tanking at the end! haha

I’m now on extended vacation, so expect much more posting as i have a lot of free time and boredom to deal with.


Yes yes I know I’m late to the party

I friend of mine convinced me to get Borderlands despite my innate hatred to most FPS games (the last one I played with any seriousness was Halo Custom Edition)

I started out with a hunter, mostly because in mass effect i play on infiltrator (by my friends suggestion)
That didn’t go so well so I made a Siren, and was constantly running out of ammo ughhhhhhhh
Then I made a Soldier, which lasted all of five minutes
Oh then the amazing happened
I made a Berserker
A “Bombardier” to be exact; which is now level 50

In all seriousness, I’m now trying to convince more people to play
this shit is fun

Heroic Magmaw

Finally got fraps sort of working
Still trying to get some kinks out, but here’s a heroic magmaw video

Nefarian Down

and with that I am now a defender of a Shattered World!

Now on to hard modes!

When your raid is frozen

So I run with a few friends from multiple guilds (OMG NO GUILD CREDIT THEN WHY RAID? yeah whatever)


Due to IRL issues and burnout and other w/e’s we’ve been unable to progress past Nefarian simply due to lack of raiding time.

This somewhat infuriates me, as understanding as I may be.

It’s one thing if you kid get punched at school
It’s another because you didn’t feel like waking up when you said you would

Then to top it off the people who do show up are getting fed up and asking if they can bring alts and whatnot if we’re not going to be progressing, and while I don’t blame them, some people still need stuff on their mains from bosses other than Nefarian TYVM.

and here I am ranting…..

so here’s a calming (somewhat) screenshot that is probably REALLY old


So after a stint with horrible horrible hackers
I finally got my email back! which means I could reset the password of my wordpress account!

So just to catch up a bit,
IN WoW: Eviscerate is currently 11/12 only nef left to go!
Esparada (priest) is officially sitting on the side nothing left from heroics and I refuse to PuG raids
Dishonorable (DK) is not quite up to par to tank heroics
Woofs (druid) is just now in outland! YAY

Guild Wars: I’m current at 15 points in my Hall of Monuments and will get the last 3 I want from beating nightfall (yes i still haven’t done it)
I’ll probably end up getting more points than that through more armor sets and such but 18 is all I really want

As for other games, I beat Dragon Age 2 the day after it came out and have gone through twice more since then.
Overall it was a good game, not the same as the first
That’s not a bad thing though.

Oh yeah and upcoming stuff:
Mainly just hyped on Guild Wars 2 and Deus Ex in August
Thief was (FINALLY) released and weee my main for Guild Wars 2 is probably gonna be one
Now if you don’t mind me i’m gonna sneak my way back into the blog heirarchy

Oh and if you got spam comments and such while I was away
I’m very sorry 😦

Second 85

So Esparada, my priest; hit 85 last night.
This morning I got in my first heroic
totally did not botch the ilvl with PvP gear……not at all

As frustrating as it can be at times
People will always blame the healer first for their own shortcomings
I still enjoy it
and the guild needs healers desperately

on another note…

Vacation OVER

I am finally back from vacation!

As such


and oh my how much i have missed

I haven’t said anything since cataclysm came out
nothing on my new addiction
not much in guild wars 2 news (sadface)

and oh my more world of warcraft


Cata is in one word, beautiful. I love the new zones, ESCPECIALLY Vashjir, although I think i’ll be hanging out in uldum and tol barad mostly at 85.
Eviscerate is now worgen and will be the only toon I have ever race-changed (until another expac maybe)
Evee is also raid ready, unfortunately the people I run with are not.
Esparada (priest) is slowly creeping up to 85
Dishonorable (DK) is even more slowly crawling to 85
Woofs (worgen druid ofc) is vastly fun to play but he won’t be seeing much play until Evee and Esparada are steadily raiding
I don’t like the way tol barad currently works, then again who does?
Waiting for dungeon queues without a tank still sucks, ALTHOUGH; It’s not the hour+ i had to deal with when i first 85.
Pugging as a healer is downright painful, thankfully, this is not 100% true.

In way of my previous aforementioned addiction.
I got it for christmas on PS3, not an expected gift.
Definitely the most used, I spent most of my spare time on vacation playing
I play between dungeons
I play when i have any kind of spare time
How good am I?
I can ace everything……on medium.
coming from Dragonforce on expert to this game is DAUNTING
I can’t quite get the overall OMG SO MANY THINGS on hard mode, especially with crossfades spikes and scratching having predetermined directions and stalls
Oh and most of the music is awesome
that might be part of the reason i like it…
totally has NOTHING to do with yelling
everytime i scratch the fake record
not at all…..

The Shattering and Me

So I resubbed for WoW first thing that happens when I log on.

Traveling from Ironforge to Stormwind I get turned into a @$@#$ Turkey, I hate you Turkey Lurkey achievement. Oh how I hate you so much, and Blizzard not letting me right click off buffs if I use a buff mod….salt in my stuffing…I mean wound >.<

Well anyways, the graphics improvements are rather nice. I can't seem to stay away from Darnassuss too long cuz it's gorgeous to me. The starting experience for humans is better, and so far playing a human hunter has been amusing.

I LOVE the new combat, my dps hasn't really gone down; in fact if I time stuff right with bandit's guile it's gone up!. So kudos to blizzard for fixing the issues that used to exist in a timely manner. The sound for Main Gauche is nice, but I have a feeling as it's proc chance goes up it will become annoying eventually.

Oh and the LUA and XML improvement for modding are WONDERFUL sooo alas. new ui

Now, the kicker for me is the moving textures and the ease to hide things. And so this happens.

So enjoy these screenshots starring Esparada, he probably won’t be seen much after Cata launch (poor level 77 priest) You will however probably see different colors of this UI as I play with it on other toons (particularly Evee)

You can find the base components to the UI i am currently using here at WoW Interface granted I’ve added a few thigns and modified a crap ton of stuff but the base is REALLY easy to work with.