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Pro Gaming Comes to Network TV 46

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GameDaily is reporting that The World Series of Video Games has signed a deal with CBS. Gameplay HD and College Sports Television (CSTV) are also part of the arrangement, which will bring professional gaming to U.S. network television for the first time. CBS will air a one-hour special on December 30th, with highlights from the finals. CSTV will then air snippets from the entire finals series, highlighting games like Halo 2 and Warcraft III. From the article: "The cable and broadcast networks will not be simply recycling the same content either. Each network is to 'explore a unique aspect of the WSVG, providing audiences with a window into the exciting culture of video game competitions and budding stars of the gaming world.' CBS will kick off its coverage on December 30 at 3 p.m. when they air THEY GOT GAME, Stars of the World Series of Video Games presented by Intel. This one-hour special, filmed during the WSVG finals, hosted by Quddus and produced by Juma Entertainment, will detail the personal stories of five rising stars in professional gaming, most notably Johnathan 'Fatal1ty' Wendel."
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Pro Gaming Comes to Network TV

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  • Why not (Score:5, Funny)

    by FiveDollarYoBet (956765) on Tuesday December 05, 2006 @12:33PM (#17115320)
    Why not, can't be worse than the same old shows that the networks are showing these days.
    • Re:Why not (Score:4, Insightful)

      by nomadic (141991) <nomadicworld@NOSpam.gmail.com> on Tuesday December 05, 2006 @12:53PM (#17115578) Homepage
      Actually I think TV these days in terms of quality is probably on the whole better than it's ever been before. Yes, reality shows suck, but when you take away those there are still a lot of really first-rate things on the air.
      • by MaWeiTao (908546)
        Actually I think TV these days in terms of quality is probably on the whole better than it's ever been before. Yes, reality shows suck, but when you take away those there are still a lot of really first-rate things on the air.

        I might agree that production values are better than they've ever been before. But that doesn't change the fact that practically everything on television is garbage. And if that weren't bad enough we have to wade through all that relentless advertising.

        About the only channel I have the
      • I agree. Of course it's all subjective, but I've found far more shows to watch the last two years than ever before: Lost, Heroes, The Office, Arrested Development (which is sadly gone), Desperate Housewives (wife sucked me in here, but it's surprisingly good, no surprise it has won Emmys), and Studio 60. And those are just shows on the primary networks. There are a ton of shows on other networks (FX, Sci-Fi, HBO, etc.) that are apparently quite good (Battlestar Galactica, The Shield, Nip Tuck, Deadwood, The
    • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

      by everphilski (877346)
      Peter: "Everybody I've got bad news. We've been cancelled."
      Lois: "Oh no Peter! How could they do that?"
      Peter: "Well unfortuantely Lois, there's just no more room on the schedule. We just gotta accept the fact that FOX has to make room for terrific shows like Dark Angel, Titus, Undeclared, Action, That 80's Show, Wonder Falls, Fast Lane, Andy Richter Controls The Universe, Skin, Girl's Club, Cracking Up, The Pitts, Firefly, Get Real, Freaky Links, Wanda At Large, Costello, The Lone Gunman, A Minute with St
      • Good point, Family Guy, Simpsons and maybe The Office and Scrubs are the only shows that I might watch. Everything else seems to be either another reality show, some kind of prime time soap opera or another remake of a cop drama. Lately I've even been skipping through the History Channel and checking out the public broadcast channels.

        If it wasn't for sports I'd ditch my tv altogether.

        • Agreed. I watch House and Family Guy religiously, along with NFL. I catch Office and Scrubs when I remember it.
    • Why not

      This goes a long way to legitimize the sport of professional gaming. This in it's very essence will attract sponsors which will mushroom the industry faster than anything you could have possibly imagined.

      So you ask 'why not?' I'll tell you why not! What will happen to those poor lonely golfers when their faithful channel 2 (or whatever) stops playing 'The Pebble Beach Classic' on a lazy afternoon and instead replaces it with 'The Halo Championship Playoffs'. How will you live with yourself with th

      • by XenoRyet (824514)

        This goes a long way to legitimize the sport of professional gaming. This in it's very essence will attract sponsors which will mushroom the industry faster than anything you could have possibly imagined.

        You're right, provided they figure out one more thing. The in-game action is what's important, not the guy at the keyboard. I've yet to see any kind of televised gaming event where they figured out that shots of the guy at the keyboard are useless. Shots of the player at the keyboard are the functional equivalent of cutting to a closeup of a football coach in the middle of a play.

        Unless they can get the audience at large into the game, and not focus on the physical players, it's just a bunch of shots o

  • In an obvious attempt to make competition gaming cooler they get, Quddus, an MTV VJ to host it.
  • by BoberFett (127537) on Tuesday December 05, 2006 @12:41PM (#17115412)
    Sometimes I think maybe I wanna join the army I mean it's basically like FPS except better graphics, but what happens if I get lag out there, I'M DEAD! And I mean I even heard there's no respawn points in RL.
    • Re: (Score:2, Funny)

      by Anonymous Coward
      "And I mean I even heard there's no respawn points in RL."

      From what I hear, the Bhuddists and Hindus have a solution worked out. [wikipedia.org]

      The downside is that once you re-spawn, your character class, race, sex are chosen for you and start with no items, skills or EXP.

      The upshot is that your re-spawn traits and flaws are based on your previous character alignment.
  • This could be a perfect venue to bring back the US National Video Game Team. [seanbaby.com] Bring on the jumpsuits!
  • Highlights (Score:5, Funny)

    by Beek Dog (610072) on Tuesday December 05, 2006 @12:43PM (#17115448)
    When will we be seeing highlights on Network News?

    "There was a showdown in Vegas tonight, as G0atsxHax0r defended his title against sLUtfuCKer, a rising star from Alabama. sLUtfuCKer came in with high expectations but was disappointed by G0atsxHax0r's three early headshots. He got a reprieve when the judges penalized G0atsxHax0r for excessive squatting over a dead opponent. But in the end, sLUtfuCKer was thoroughly pwnd."
    • by ectal (949842) *
      Tone down the player names slightly and that's not terribly far from the pro gaming stuff I've stumbled across on cable.
    • I used to go the CPL tournaments. I remember there being a counter-strike player by the name of "AssMaster." He wasn't good though.
  • I can't wait to see how they present this. I've never watched a televised gaming competition, and I can't imagine how a network can even hope to convey the experience of actually being present.
    • I can't wait to see how they present this. I've never watched a televised gaming competition, and I can't imagine how a network can even hope to convey the experience of actually being present.


      They seemed to put it together well with Starcade [starcade.tv]. Maybe a Q/A and player competition format could still be used. BTW, you can see a few episodes of this particular televised gaming competition online.
  • What will be aired on CBS will be more or less a documentary, like we have all seen before, on a few gamers. Cool, but call me when the actual game they play is casted on CBS, in its entirety. That will be news. TFA says will do this on their other cable station, but really, this is not new. When any network station allots more than one hour to professional gaming and actually tracks the progress of a tournament for the viewers, ending with a championship game, live or otherwise, that will be a newsworthy e
  • Ironic (Score:3, Interesting)

    by kaizokunami (982824) on Tuesday December 05, 2006 @12:55PM (#17115618) Homepage

    There was a story about this in the NY Times [nytimes.com] as well, which included a little more detail about the network TV portion of this. CBS will only be showing small snippits of actual gameplay on the special. There's a quote from one of the special's producer's which I find really telling: "The one hurdle that was a challenge, and is still a challenge for video gaming...is you can't put people shooting at one another on network television."

    Um... you can't? Better tell that to all those cop dramas.

    • by hal2814 (725639)
      How many of those cop dramas do you actually watch? My wife is a big fan of the genre so I get roped into it more often than not. The ones that are aired on network television have suprisingly little shooting at one another. Most of the network cop dramas consist of cops whining about business and professional relationships with a little crime solving mixed in.
      • by nomadic (141991)
        That's true. Of course, back in the 80's people were gunned down constantly in cop/PI shows. Think how many people Magnum offed.
  • That they choose to feature one of the most pompous asses on the professional (ugh!) videogaming circuit. Falls right in league with the same tactics they use for covering everything else under the sun I suppose - just would have been nice to see a change....
  • http://www.retrojunk.com/details_tvshows/465-gamep ro-tv/ [retrojunk.com]
    and
    http://www.nesplayer.com/television/gamepro_files/ gptv.htm [nesplayer.com]

    Growing up, I lived in North Central Indiana, and never got any cool shows. I was lucky enough to get a Chicago station (WGN) that aired G.I. Joe, M.A.S.K., and The Transformers. As well as The Bozo Show, but that's another story. I wanted desperately to be able to see Gamepro TV. It might have sucked, but I had no way of knowing. Sometimes I miss the olden days where we had to wait f

  • for the World Series of knitting on Lifetime! Granny Maude vs. Aunt Mary-Beth Sue for the world championship!
    • by Isca (550291)
      At least there you'd the off chance thatin their quest to knitt faster and faster, they'd accidently impale themselves or a cameraman who got to close.
  • There's a part of me that thinks that choosing to spend your mindless recreation time watching other people engage in their mindless recreation time is intensely creepy and vouyeristic. There's also a part of me that thinks that the fact that many people are willing to passively watch people play video games on television is quite possibly the horrendously inevitable culmination of a 'do-nothing culture.'

    But I suppose it's really no worse than watching people play poker, either.
    • by mjhacker (922395)
      At least with gaming there is more emphasis on skill and cunning; you have to truly outwit an opponent. In poker, it's a game of luck and knowing when to fold. That's about it (and not that there's anything wrong with poker, but watching gaming at least makes a bit more sense).
    • There's a part of me that thinks that choosing to spend your mindless recreation time watching other people engage in their mindless recreation time is intensely creepy and vouyeristic. There's also a part of me that thinks that the fact that many people are willing to passively watch people play video games on television is quite possibly the horrendously inevitable culmination of a 'do-nothing culture.'

      Isn't this how sports watching start out though?

      Sports started off as just a recreational activity. You

      • I agree, to an extent, but sports is (in general) an activity that has almost always included a live audience, while video gaming has not. And I think there's a definite reason for this. People enjoy sports because of the vicarious nature of the competition -- they can turn their team or players into an 'avatar' that acts as a proxy for their own emotional involvement. I think the very nature of gaming (i.e. the fact that the 'competitors' are themselves projecting onto an avatar) tends to eliminate this
        • I love gaming, it's by far my favorite hobby, but I'm still keenly aware of the sheer and utter boredom that most non-gamers experience when I ask them to 'hold on a minute' and put them in a spectators' position for even a couple minutes of play. Video games are just not a vicarious pleasure.

          I think it depends on the game, just like it depends on the sport. A twitchy shooter game is probably going to be a lot more interesting thatn, say, a competitive game of Tetris.

          But that's just like any sport. IMHO, fo

  • Any time I see anything about new television programming about video games, I always bet(and win) that it won't be on G4. Once again, I was right. I'd like to go within earshot of Morgan Webb and yell "What's that one tv network with all that video game coverage..uh, yeah, SPIKE TV."

    Many moons ago, I think it was on the sci fi channel they had some video game competition involving "blockade running", done not on PCs, but these video game pilot "booths"(think Afterburner, etc). It was quite possibly the sadd
  • I never thought I'd be a video game watcher... but once I got GameplayHD with DishNetwork I gotta say i watch a lot of people playing video games in HD. No clue... half the time i don't even know what they're talking about (read Starcraft), but I'm there, watching it, with my wife looking at me like "Why in God's name did i marry this loser?"
  • if any of you have played around with ettv (enemy territory tv), you could put together a decent program. i think that it wouldn't be such a far fetch to televise "live" competitions with a couple of mintues delay to make sure the most action is broadcast.

    i'm guessing there will be name restrictions, and it will likely only be the best gamers. i don't know about the rest of you out there, but i prefer to see people who don't eat, sleep and play -insert game here-; i get much more excitement from watching

  • Like I give a shit about "professional gamers". Being good at games dosen't make you a good person. Less so than professional sports.

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