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  • Dave2123 - July 30, 2013 1:39 p.m.

    Why on earth does it matter what they look like. When you're watching them play you don't look at their faces. How very shallow of you games radar. To be honest, most of the ones I've seen have been what society thinks of gamers; pasty, ugly, and scrawny and look like they spend too much time in their mother's basement (which they probably do).
  • Dave2123 - July 30, 2013 1:48 p.m.

    Furthermore, you could argue looks are a reason to watch anything. I followed those links and the other guy looks like a lead guitarist in a heavy metal band (although, geeky girls probably like that). There are attractive people in every vocation - I would recommend you all start following the women's heptathlon; there's loads of attractive women in that. eSports, however, probably scores lower than average in the looks department and so looks is probably not a reason to watch it.
  • Bansheebot - July 30, 2013 12:25 p.m.

    My view on this kind of thing has always been this: If Chess can be taken as seriously as it is, why not things like SC2/DOTA/Team-FPSs.
  • Frieza - July 29, 2013 7:20 p.m.

    Competitive video gaming looks fun to do, but it looks very time consuming as well. It looks like it would take a lot of time to practice and study a game to the point where you can even attempt to compete on a competitive level. I learned this from Pokemon and its competitive battling scene, and how not knowing what your opponent's Pokemon is capable of can completely ruin your chances of winning. It requires a lot of brain power, which is something I don't possess. Personally I find myself to be pretty good at video games, but I never considered myself above a casual level in any game (maybe bar Pokemon, but that's kind of a stretch). I've learned that there's a fine line between being "good" at a game through sheer practice and being "good" through study and experience. I may be pretty good at Street Fighter, but I can't stand up to competitive players. They know how all the characters work and memorized their moves and combos, while I have trouble just inputting the code for the move I want to use! It's crazy...
  • GoldenEagle1476 - July 29, 2013 8:42 p.m.

    Professional gamers practice for hours each day, almost every day. You're right, to even think about going pro (in League of Legends, at least) you have to know each and every one of the 80+ champions (their powers/play style, although you don't have to be good with them, just know what they do). You have to memorize the map, where all of the jungle creatures spawn and at what time, know what items to get and when, where to ward, how to last hit minions, what champs counter each other, when to gank, when to push a lane, when to get dragon or baron, when to farm, etc. It's not that physically exhausting --it's mental. You have to be alert and focused for the entire match, which can last over an hour. And for pro gamers at tournaments, they'll sometimes play best-of-three matches, or even sometimes best three out of five. Playing for hours at a time like that is extremely mentally demanding.The pro gamers are, in short, both good out of practive and through study and experience.
  • kachigop - July 29, 2013 6:09 p.m.

    Oh Day[9] Daily #100... It's been too long.
  • masterjoe123 - July 29, 2013 5:46 p.m.

    If I want to watch people play video games, I can just go on YouTube and look up my favorite Lets Play channel. Why would I pay for something like this when YouTube is free?
  • kachigop - July 29, 2013 6:14 p.m.

    No need to pay for anything. You can watch eSports tournaments online for free. Sure there will be ads to make money off viewers, but I watch SC2 tournaments regularly on Twitch.tv for free.
  • einhazard - July 29, 2013 5:45 p.m.

    Holy crap, I started reading this article, got to slide six, and realized I was looking at a picture of my older brother (DoA) in a terrible suit. Go DOA!
  • Obscurica - July 29, 2013 3:57 p.m.

    Sorry, folks. This wasn't written by James Chen of the FGC scene. This was written by James Chen of ggChronicle and LoLeSports.com (me). I blame my parents for the confusion~ >_>
  • papashadow696 - July 29, 2013 11:26 p.m.

    Someone always blaming someone else for their own short commings. tsktsk.
  • GoldenEagle1476 - July 29, 2013 3:44 p.m.

    This was a good article. While I like eSports (League of Legends in particular), the one thing I hate is how addictive and time consuming it is. The same can be said for any game, but LoL in particular began taking up massive amounts of my time. After playing fairly regularly for almost two years, I finally uninstalled it a few weeks ago. It's still fun to watch and the tournaments are very professional, but the amount of time and energy needed to invest into the game itself in order to get the same amount of enjoyment back can be extremely frustrating and tiring. This just increases my respect of professional gamers though, and definitly makes me NOT want to have their jobs.
  • Talvari - July 29, 2013 3:11 p.m.

    James Chen <3 Great article! I think fighting games are the easiest to get into esports from a spectator standpoint. It's easy to tell who's winning and when someone is doing something good. I still don't really like the term esports but whatever works for people i guess. Would prefer just competitive gaming ;.;
  • n00b - July 29, 2013 2:55 p.m.

    wait is this THE James "Puns" Chen of UltraChenTV and fighting game commentator https://twitter.com/jchensor
  • Child Of Death - July 29, 2013 2:55 p.m.

    I rather play games than to watch other people play them.
  • n00b - July 29, 2013 2:54 p.m.

    I love the competitive aspect of video games but the word "eeeeeeeee-sports" will always seem like some kind of slur to me. Come on the competitive gaming community is so vibrant and energetic and unique that it just seems to diminish their image and everything they've built up for them selves by trying to copy the drab presentation and mannerisms of professional sports.

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