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EM is over, few more interviews to come...

By Lawrence Benedict 'Malystryx' Phillips
Mar 9, 2009 20:33

On my way home but there is still some media to come!
Due to Zechs PC getting virused beyond belief, there is still a pre-final interview with MYM.Taz to be uploaded as well as a post-final interview with MYM.Luq. Furthermore we have an interview with SK.Kwana after the win versus aAa in the UP Final.

Generally the event went very well and I think we got some really good photos. I'm thinking perhaps we could do a caption competition for fun, see who can come up with the best text/quotes to go with our images from the EM European + Global Finals!

It was the first event I've been to which did not include Warcraft3 and I have to say I did not really miss it that much! I've polished up a bit on my CS knowledge as well as learnt some more about WoW thanks to Xom from SK and Hafu from Fnatic, oh of course our man Zechs who did a great effort at the event considering it was his first time for SK.

Was great to meet the SK.CS guys again and the various WoW teams are all very friendly but shoutout goes to Xom from Euro, Realz from US and KWana from Korea.

The tournament had some great moments, such as MYMs comebacks, mTw finally getting a run for their money as well as the tense WoW Final.

I'm off to catch my plane back to Wales now! Make sure to check out the galleries and look out for the missing interviews in the coming days (sorry for them being late)

On my way to Extreme Masters, any coverage requests?

By Lawrence Benedict 'Malystryx' Phillips
Mar 4, 2009 16:01

Just chilling in Paris while I wait for my connecting flight to Hannover. WoW and CS coverage is coming!
First major tournament of the year and first as Editor-in-Chief. I'll have to embrace new games given that Warcraft3 is not included in the EM but its been good so far, watched some HLTV as well the ESL stream yesterday.\

WoW could well become the flagship game along with CS in 2009, and my precious WC3 could see itself take the back seat. However, all I can do is adjust to the change, and CS 1.6 isnt too bad! (WoW is still a bit messy to look at, needs a better way to spectate)

I will be bringing Zechs along (The Sky hater) to do coverage, his first tournament but his WoW knowledge should hopefully come in handy!

Galleries, videos, maybe the odd blog as usual. CEBIT is a place that has lots of other entertainments (pigvomit and I Playing Wii Tennis last year for example), so we'll see what is about! (boothbabes anyone?)

First major tournament of 2009!!! Woooooooo!!

If you have any requests, leave them here!!

E-Sports University lecture a success!

By Lawrence Benedict 'Malystryx' Phillips
Mar 1, 2009 02:03

Did a lecture at my former university about E-Sports and SK Gaming, and it went quite well!
Organised to do a 3 hour lecture at University of Wales, Newport, for their Computer Games students. Showed the first 20 minutes of "Frag" as well a bit from E-@Thletes (another documentary).

Essentially the idea was to introduce them to E-Sports, and I had about 30 odd students turn up. Out of the 30 students; 2 had heard of SK Gaming, 6 had played COunter-Strike 1.6, 3 had played Warcraft3, 4 had played Starcraft, but more than half had played World of Warcraft!! Sign of the times right?

The general mood after seeing a video of progaming in Korea was "god I want to go live in Korea", and they seemed genuinely shocked at the fact there is only one major female tournament a year and asked why are there no tournaments where women and men can play against each other.

Of the 30 there about 6-7 showed an interest in perhaps doing some writing for SK Gaming so you might see some of em appear on here doing some console news!

Despite a very rushed preparation I managed to "talk" (which obviously includes time showing videos) for about 2 hours (ish), then we talked about SK Gaming, the team, the website etc.. Of course I showed them some SK merchandise. Generally when people probe me to ask what I do for a living and I explain the first reply is "oh".

For example the postman who was obviously pissed I did not give him a christmas bonus came to deliver the mail in January and I answer the door. "oh your here. dont you work", yes I work from home "what do you do?" I write about games "oh. that sounds awful, why on earth would you want to do that".. goodbye *takes letters*.

HOWEVER, if you say oh we're sponsored by adidas, oooooo, suddenly people are impressed and interested!

I have done my bit, now 30 potential game designers know about E-Sports, we have to spread the word people, otherwise no-one will know it exists!

DO any of you spread the E-Sports gospel?

Having a kid is like having double D breasts

By Lawrence Benedict 'Malystryx' Phillips
Feb 17, 2009 10:19

Its unbelievable what lengths people will go to help you if you're pushing a baby around, believe me...
I consider that I live in a pretty "dodgy" city, even Macdonalds installed spikes outside its restaurant to stop youths sitting there and causing trouble.

However, after taking out my 3-week year old son in his pram people change, cars are suddenly stopping to let me cross the road (even if they are still on the roundabout!), people are opening doors, offering to carry the pram down stairs, its great!

Also women seem generally intrigued by me (WOW he stays home and he's fertile), since I work for SK full-time, I'm a stay-home Dad so I'm pushing around the pram or carrying him around quite often. It is like those incredibly fit women who men melt in their presence and bend over backwards to facilitate their every need.

THe only downside is people assume because you are a man you know nothing about babies. They do the thing when they suddenly open their eyes wide and nod like your a foreigner who has yet to grasp the English language, "Y-E-S that is R-I-G-H-T arent you C-L-E-V-E-R". Oh well, can't have everything I guess!!

Under-age gamers and My 5th XBoX360

By Lawrence Benedict 'Malystryx' Phillips
Dec 27, 2008 17:35

Should kids be allowed to buy games rated 18? Is it up to their parents? And why do all the XBOX360's I touch, die?
Today I went into GAME a british shop that sells PC/console games to return yet another dead XBOX360. I blogged about it here, which to choose XBOX or PS3 and in the end I chose to buy XBOX360 for my birthday on the 19th november.

Since then I have now gone through four xbox360s and three copies of the xbox game Fable. Three of them simply crashed although for a bit of variety yesterday my last one to die got the red rings of death (woooo). I gave in and once again exchanged my xbox so I am now on number 5 in five weeks. This is SERIOUSLY the last time.

The queue was immense stemming outside of the shop, about 30-40 people queueing so a long wait. While in the queue a kid came up to a guy behind me trying to get him to buy two 18 rated games for him. The kid was about 13-14 I'd say and he was trying to buy Hitman and another xbox game. The guy said I'm only 16 I cant buy it and then suggests he asks other people.

Despite being slim I can be quite scary so I just did my "don't even think about it" stance and he realised to not ask me. He then asked another guy about 40 to buy the games for him, the bloke accepted and took the money from the kid.

The kid was then next to me and I said "why not buy them online, they cant check your age", then kid looked dissapointed then the guy behind me said "he probably doesn't even have a bank account". "Ah thats true," I said, "he'd have to borrow mummy and daddy's". At which point the 40 year old who had accepted to buy the games changed his mind and gave the money and games back to the kid saying "you're too young mate, I can't buy them".

The kid went around asking other people all having various excuses, no-one willing to buy them for him. Now the question is would these people still say no if the shop was not packed? No-one to judge them.

I once bought cigarettes for an underage teen at university and thinking back I thought why the hell did I do that. Now I'm older I dont really care about gaining street cred and receiving "nice one mate" from a kid.

. Is it up to the parents if a child can buy an 18 game or should be up to the goverment laws, you have to be 18 to buy this game. Obviously in Germany the laws are very strict hence why CS 1.6 was not on main stage at the SEC in March this year or in an enclosed area at WCG in Cologne last month.

There is an arguement that "films are more violent than games, these ratings are not that relevant", but the counter-arguement is that in games you are initiating the killing/destruction/death, you are playing an active role not just spectating like in a film which could make it even more of a bad influence.

What do people here think about 18 rated games?

Warcraft3 is one day going to die, 2012 maybe. Bollocks.

By Lawrence Benedict 'Malystryx' Phillips
Dec 9, 2008 19:42

I know it might sound obvious but did not really hit me until earlier today.I know it is kind of naive but I realised I've never actually thought what happens when my favourite game is not on the list of games. Warcraft3 is one day going to die..Bollocks.
I for some reason believed it would last forever and only the duelling game of choice would change. "Quake3, Quake4, Painkiller, UT? whatever let them squabble Warcraft3 will always be chosen!!"

Despite playing Starcraft for a year or two I did not really get into the "pro scene" until Warcraft3, I think WCG2004 was the first major event I followed with the Grubby v Zacard Orcish final.

Throughout my I guess it could be called a career now (possibly) in eSports, Warcraft3 has been one of the top games, it features at every big tournament, good prize money and some interesting characters (Grubby, Moon, ToD, HoT, Lyn etc..).

What happens when Warcraft3 ends? Can it really last as long as Starcraft? I currently help out with the ESL EPS in the UK and I can say it really is not as enjoyable to cover games you are not familiar with, (CS:S and Cod4) and no longer have the free time to REALLY get into them.

When I first came to the UK to study at University I was only 17 and I spent the first a lot of my first year playing Warcraft3:TFT, as I suddenly had unlimited free time to use as I saw fit. I associate fun memories with the game, getting to travel to events, shoutcasting, founding and managing my own little clan, playing AT with my clan members (TBP yeaa!), getting nervous before a semi-semi-semi-semi pro clan war.

That "knowledge" has served me until now, you need to play WC3 to really be able to understand the matches, the spells, the level of difficulty of various moves, and that can not be gained from simply watching.

Now I do not play the game as often anymore, for various reasons. I no longer have the time to really dive into a new game like I did with Warcraft: TFT. Perhaps Starcraft2 will ignite my passion as its predecessor did and as WC3 did, but it will have a shorter timeframe to hook me as Warcraft3 did.

Carmac said "games change, journalists stay", but will it be as exciting if no Warcraft3? I hope Starcraft2 will own and even with less playing time it will live up to WC3, but if it does not I'll be an old man (23 xD) clinging to the memories of his younger years where he could play 4v4 all night with his clan mates on teamspeak without a care in the world. Those were the days..

Help Maly decide: PS3 or XBOX360?

By Lawrence Benedict 'Malystryx' Phillips
Nov 13, 2008 22:15

Well my birthday is less than a week away and I decided its time to get another "next-gen" console for myself. I already have a Wii and I was pretty set on an XBOX360 but now I'm unsure!
The main reason for a PS3 initially was because MGS4 and the next Final Fantasy were set to be on the PS3 (I am super FF fan!). FInal Fantasy XIII however will now be on PS3 AND XBOX360 but Final Fantasy XIII: Versus will ONLY be on the PS3, but they will not come out until maybe 2010.

So far these are the pros and cons I have found through reading and surfing:

Pros for XBOX360

wide choice of games
Final Fantasy XIII (but not Versus :()
Good Multiplayer option

Cons for XBOX360

wireless not inbuilt
no web browser
internet gaming costs a monthly tariff
Red Ring of death

Pros for PS3

Final Fantasy XIII AND Versus (but 2010 I guess ;/)
Inbuilt Wireless
Inbuilt browser

Cons For PS3

More expensive
Smaller choice of games

Does anyone here have both or played both? I've only played XBOX360 at friends houses, but never the PS3.Also I'm looking for a console that has some good two player games available that are not FPS, suggestions?

The Malystryx WCG journey is over, but it was a good one.

By Lawrence Benedict 'Malystryx' Phillips
Nov 10, 2008 00:01

Well my first WCG experience is over after four days of irregular meals, uploading videos and fishing for pictures, I can sit back and reflect on the event.
The World Cyber Games lived up to my expectations and was by far the best event I have ever attended.In terms of being a member of the press there were certain little things that definately avoided the stress and annoyance which comes at other events.

The internet at the event was RIDICULOUSLY fast, we uploaded 100MB in about 15-20 seconds and the press area was regularly refreshed with free drinks for the press (water, apple juice). The game areas were clearly separated and players were easily accessible.

I can not think of anything that particularly stressed me aside from perhaps the fact the press area was right behind the stage so the smoke and the loud guitar hero playing would infiltrate and pollute the air on a regular basis.

For me one of the most enjoyable part of the event as always is meeting new people, and the World Elite guys I ended up getting on with particularly well. I especially enjoyed interviewing LiKe from World Elite, his modesty and friendliness was a refreshing change. Also Hotlips the WE manager is a cool bloke, reminds me very much of Losemann from MYM for humour, very cheerful and happy to laugh whenever.

One of the best bits though was as many of you saw already in the WC3 news, the photo with "Ted is not amused". Gerila (the romanian player who won black amd challenge) and his mates enjoyed watching TeD but were interested he never showed any emotion when he won so developed the phrase "TeD is not amused". So Gerila brings a piece of paper with this phrase written on to get a photo of him and TeD while the Chinese player holds the paper. Excellent photo! XD

On Saturday evening after getting back from a restaurant with ESL and readmore I had a good fun pcw with some SK guys. Myself, TornAdo (SK FIFA), Sandman (SK Racing) & Husky (SK Racing) did a 4v4, TornAdo is a VERY funny guy, shouting "I am zo GhOooDDDD" whenever he got a rally of frags.

I also over the trip managed to change my opinion on a person, ToD, who I was fortunate enough to share the plane with and we sit and chatted. Meeting ToD outside of a tournament environment really made me able to come to my own opinion about him and I have to say perhaps he is misunderstood. I'm sure he has a short temper just like everybody else but he is actually a nice guy *SHOCK* (Just do not mention towers ;)

After the event I spent my evenings with Abitrariness and affentod from the ESL, as well some, gamesports and rakaka guys. It was a nice change to be able to relax in the evening after an event, helped me to be full of energy for the next day. I think it comes from confidence in your own work, I know I have done what I believe to be good, I do not need to rush home after the event to rectify lazyness. seems to have really brought the German journalist community together, them and other websites are all very close and its more like a brotherhood of writers than "just a website".

The Warcraft matches were extreme and really amazing to watch, in particular TeD vs Moon in the quarter-finals. The main stage really had a great atmosphere and screens all over the place.

I think the WCG when I compare it to ESWC in Paris (masters of paris) it has a much more patriotic feel to it, you had players from other games supporting their fellow countrymen, waving large flags, walking around together, it was really great. From what I saw the Germans, Koreans and Chinese seem the most close as a unit and a national team, its lovely to see their status in their respective game is irrelevant, only that they are a fellow countrymen counts.

Shoutout to Soe from Gamesports, Peanut, Binteh from ELC, Wolverine and Gerila, the MYM guys (The1crow, beemit etc..), King + HotLips and the WE players, abitrariness and affentod from ESL, and the SK guys for a memorable first WCG. To everyone else I met, see you next time! =]

NExt year it is in Chengdu and I hope to move in China in 2009 so it should not be too far away! Hope you enjoyed my coverage of WCG 2008, hope to have brought you perhaps a few laughs but definately some smiles! =]

Cheers, thanks


Five years in waiting, my time for WCG commeth

By Lawrence Benedict 'Malystryx' Phillips
Nov 5, 2008 19:37

Five years is a long time but that is how long it has taken for me to finally get a chance to attend a World Cyber Games. Tommorrow the long wait is over!
Ever since 2004 the epic final between Grubby and Zacard which I watched as an eSports amateur, I have wanted to attend a WCG. LIfe moves fast, particularly hastily for me this year but at least now I can say I attended an ESWC (Ok Paris Masters but still!) and a WCG.

What is it that makes the WCG so attractive? Variety. When I commentated the Samsung European Championships at the CEBIT in Hannover earlier this year what I loved most about it was that there was such a huge variety of people, parents, children, friends, couples and I'm sure I saw the odd pensioner looking bemused at this "gaming" trend. The WCG if it lives up to what I expect should be the epitomy of an "international tournament", gamers from all walks of life and not just the hardcore WC3 And Cs players. I want to walk around and feel that gaming is global, that there is hope yet and not just seeing the same players and the same press.

WCG is also an easy way-in for people who know nothing about eSports. I can show my family the promo trailer and they will say "oh right", 74 countries... 60,000 spectators.. its impressive stuff!!! So if you're parents frown upon this hobby of yours its your duty to enlighten them!

WCG also always has a bit of drama, MYM vs Estro, Sky vs GoStop, what will 2008 bring? Some nerd rage? Let's hope so, even if it wont be from a WoW gamer.

Tommorrow I will know my journey in eSports has at least fulfilled one of my dreams, being able to attend the biggest event of the year. THe only thing which could get on my nerves is the WCG song which was drilled into my brain during the breaks at SEC.. "beyooond the game, journey through cyberspace.. we have come to decide our fates..." My god, the thing is it is ridiculously catchy, its shit but good at the same time, quite strange really!

WCG begins tommorrow so be prepared for some website content spamming! And if you're at WCG, come find me! =]

Tale of a Free Table

By Lawrence Benedict 'Malystryx' Phillips
Oct 16, 2008 20:35

My tale of how I got myself a free computer table, but not without hardwork, sweat, odd looks and the help of a stranger!
The 10 minute walk from my house to the local bus stop is normally a dull journey with only the musical waves eminating from my mp3 to brighten it up, however not today! Walking home I saw outside a charity shop was a computer table! My wife had seen it in the morning and it was £3 (bargain) but she must have made the shop realise they'd never sell it when she did not buy it.So walking home the charity shop's doors were closed but outside low and behold the computer table with a sticker on it saying "FREE". Wahey!

The slide out table for the printer was half broken and it only had 3 wheels, no problem I thought. Quickly gave my wife a ring to tell her the computer table is free "yes I know three pounds", no free, F-R-E-E "oooooo"! So I began dragging it back to the house, only 20 m and 1 wheel is off, quickly pocketed it to put on again later.

Next thing I know some Indian woman comes out of her house to ask if I'd stolen it, I don't really live in a dodgy area but I was dressed in sports clothes at the time so she must have thought I was a naughty kiddo with an ASBO. I tried to explain it was free, but she was too busy inspecting me, I assume trying to deduce whether I was carrying a fire-arm or a knife. You know the kind of people that laugh with you but inside you know they think you're dispicable.

Ah well :D I carried on another 30m or so before the table seemed to slow down, damnit another wheel off. Then some old gentleman walks past "hoho you left a wheel back there" (bonus points for perceptiveness) I squint my eyes and ask where is it, "THERE!" he points about 25m behind me then just gives me a thumbs up and walks off. (why didn't he pick it up if he saw me up ahead?).\r\n\r\nSo now I've got 1 wheel and its shape makes it too awkward to carry, so I have to balance it like a diamond on one wheel which proves stupidly slow.

It's taken me half an hour to get around 70m home. I sit on the table, (note this on the pavement on a busy street) well worth the looks, can see peoples heads follow you round as they drive past. I started waving in a vain attempt to get people to pick me up but then people just wave back then look smug because the person next to them in the car thinks they are popular.

Oh well, after a little rest drag it along the road again leaving white chalklike marks as the metal where the wheels should be drags along the floor. Then I stop again, in the middle of the road and hear someone ask "where are you going" from a house nearby, I said I lived nearby 2 mins drive, "hop in i'll give you a lift!". Hahahaha, I was so bloody proud. So got home and voila the photo above, legend.

You can not tell me buying a table brand new is the same as this, finding one for free, dragging it home and a stranger offering you a lift home! You do not need to buy the best and most expensive things to feel satisfaction, the best things in life are truely free and this table is going to kick ass. \r\n\r\nNow all I need is 3 more wheels...
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