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Comedy in eSports, why so serious?

By Lawrence Benedict 'Malystryx' Phillips
Apr 3, 2009 00:28


ImageApril Fools is over, we all had a polite chuckle perhaps even a quiet "lol" but does eSports need to loosen up in the rest of the year?

Many people would argue that the 1st April is worthless and annoying since they can never believe anything that is written and posted on that day. I disagree, it is invaluable part of a calendar year because it puts us into perspective how much eSports lacks any regular form of regular comedy. Come on try to think of the best pieces of eSports comedy, exclude any Poles or Americans and who's left? TowerPowerNerf?

"Come on try to think of the best pieces of eSports comedy, exclude any Poles or Americans and who's left? TowerPowerNerf? "
There are of course individuals who possess that flair to shake the living daylights out of the inanimate corpse that is eSports in a hope to try to discover the humour that lies within; for instance Carmac, Tasteless or even DjWheat. I'm going to be honest, I did not find Carmac's Utzat funny on a regular basis, but, it was refreshing.

This year saw Blizzard making an effort as always, last year they had Guitar Hero in World of Warcraft, the Tauren Marine and of course their new title Molten Core which was pure genius. This time around we had World of Warcraft Dance Battle System Revealed, The Terra-tron in Starcraft2 and The Archivist, a new class for Diablo3.

Most writers are not trained journalists, we're not the pick of the litter, they (or should I say we?) are simply people who are quite handy at writing that love eSports. A lot of time and effort is spent on trying to be "professional", long-winded statements, quick flick through the thesaurus in Microsoft Word to stupefy (see what I did there?) the community.

The 1st April just makes me realise that we really need to loosen up a little, but it also made me realise there are some comedians within our ranks, I loved ESEA's April Fool which informed their members they had been banned and were asked to follow a link which ultimately Rick Rolled them.

"Humourous comedic efforts in eSports are usually the ones with such low production value that if you're not laughing at the jokes, you're laughing at the fact its so awful"
The humourous comedic efforts in eSports are usually the ones with such low production value that if your not laughing at the jokes, your laughing at the fact its so awful.

Some of the eSports April Fools were perhaps not finely polished but they were done by people who simply wanted to perhaps bring a smile to their users, although there are always the smart asses who want to spam "#1 April fool," but generally people seem to understand this and are game for a laugh. Respect to all the websites who made an effort to put something together for April Fools!

My only wish is that the funny side that the community applauds when the eSports calendar reaches April 1st, could filter into other days of the year. In the words of the Joker, "why so serious?" I'd like to thank the SK Gaming crew for coming up with our April Fools this year, and we hope you found them amusing!

I've put together some of the eSports videos that have made me laugh, put yours in the comments or even better upload them on SK.

At the SK Office - World of Warcraft



I'll kill your hero - Warcraft3 (audio only)



Tasteless: Best Quotes - Starcraft



PubMasters- Counter-Strike



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