Video Games a Professional Sport? DirecTV’s Championship Gaming Series Makes it Possible!

Video games are now a multi-billion dollar industry in America. Today’s kids often grow up playing video games instead of outside, playing sports. Chances are, if you were one of those kids who grew up playing video games your parents would criticize you, claiming that nothing would ever amount from all those hours spent in front of the computer. It turns out they were wrong.

DirecTV’s Championship Gaming Series (CGS) is a professional video game league (known as eSports). They are looking to make video games a spectator sport, investing tens of millions of dollars in a multi-year commitment, in a partnership along with corporate partners such as Microsoft, Mountain Dew, and Dell. There will be four games being played: Counter-Strike :Source, Fifa 2007, Dead or Alive 4, and Project Gotham Racing 3. A draft was held on June 15th at the Playboy Mansion, to determine the lucky sixty players who would become a contracted player for the CGS, drafted by general managers of each franchise. Salaries start at $30,000, and DirecTV says will go up to $100,000 for star players. DirecTV says that this year’s annual player payroll will be $5 million. Each franchise represents a US city: San Francisco, Los Angeles, Dallas, New York and Carolina. Players are treated like celebrities, being swarmed by fans for autographs. There are currently six franchises in total, with more franchises being added in Europe, Asia, United Kingdom and the Middle East at a later date.

Video Games a Professional Sport?

Even before the CGS, there were many individuals who believed in the phenomenon known as eSports. Jason Lake, an attorney, invested over half a million dollars of his own money into Complexity, paying his players to play and travel around the world, before selling his team to the CGS as a franchise and joining CGS as a general manager. Many of the other current general managers were also managers of eSports teams prior to the CGS. Complexity’s Counter-Strike team managed to secure over in tournament winnings in 2006 and since then, more and more people had been using monster legends cheats in their games.

Dallas Venom Counter-Strike: Source player David Chin, 18, had this to say:

“The feeling is unexplainable. This means so much to me and I’m sure it means just as much to others. I took a year off of a school to further my professional gaming career (not knowing where it would take me). Graduating high school in 2006, I planned to attend college this 2007 fall. However, now that I’m truly a part of a professional gaming league I can put school aside even longer. You just can’t pass up a chance like this. So I’m very ecstatic for the opportunity I have been given.”

DirecTV’s CGS is scheduled for the first season to debut in July. Matches will be broadcasted on a web stream on TheCGS.com, and air on DirecTV’s 101. Players are being flown to Los Angeles for the duration of the season to compete.

Video Games Good for Your Eyes

Take That, Mom!

A new study published in the journal, Psychological Science, suggests that your vision can be improved by playing a couple of hours of video games a day. So instead of those carrots, maybe some Grand Theft Auto will be a more enjoyable way to have better eyesight.

University of Rochester professor Daphne Bavelier and Shawn Green, a forth-year graduate student in brain and cognitive sciences have spent the better part of four years studying the effects of video games on different aspects of visual acuity. This latest study shows that video gamers can pick out letters and shapes faster and more correctly than non-gamers.

The study shows improved performance in subjects when it came to visual acuity and peripheral vision. According to the APA website, subjects were chosen from the limited number of college students that did not play video games. Those students were then divided in half, given a battery of visual tests, and then played video games for several hours a day for 30 days. Half of the group played Unreal Tournament, an action first-person shooter game, and the other half played Tetris. The same tests were then given, with the gamers getting 80% of the testing questions correct, versus the 30% that the Tetris players answered correctly.

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The researchers determined that the action game lead to a 20% increase in visual acuity, according to Science Daily. Professor Bavelier was quoted saying that “these games push the human visual system to the limit and the brain adapts to it.”

These finding could be good news for anyone who suffers from visual cortex damage, such as stroke patients, and also those who suffer from lazy eye, or an amblyopic condition. The video games seem to have a more palpable effect than other passive media, such as TV or movies, even those with excessive action. Like the video game, Unreal Tournament. The researchers feel that the interactive nature of the video games trains the eyes to pick out objects better and faster than watching action movies.

Other scientists are studying the effects of video games on aspects of human vision and are finding similarly positive results. Alan Castel, a professor of Psychology at UCLA, is studying how video games affect the visual searching process. Using computer games and simulations are also used in the training of air traffic controllers and pilots, but current research is trying to find a more practical and universal benefit for those suffering from visual problems. So far, the benefits of the video games are not long lasting, but further research could prove otherwise.

Cool survival games online

There is a few cool games if you don’t know what to do when you are on your computer. Most people will just go ahead and play games like I do as well. So let me tell you a few good games that you can play online for free.

  1. Growtopia

This is a fun, small game that mostly play teenagers. It’s really fun. You run around, you collect stuff, you punch stuff to get the extra items and then you build your own shelter. There is in game purchase as you can get some extra gems so you can unlock some of the items early in the game. I don’t do that, but you can. You can easily use this simple growtopia cheat generate some extra gems if you really want to get some of the items early in the game.

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2. The Outbreak

This game is really special as it offers a lot for an online game. You can build big shelters, grow your community and talk and cooperate with other players in order to beat the evil. You live in a world where there are zombies and you need to fight them off. It’s kinda like that show, The Walking Dead, but here you are in the control and you play the game and the story.

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3. DeadZ

If you ever played a game called H1Z1 then you will be fairly familiar with this game as it’s just like that, just you can play it online. It’s fun, it offers lots of fun and hours of actual play time. You run around, collect items, destroy some buildings, kill some zombies and just all in all try to survive as long as possible. It’s a fun game overall.

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That’s it. Those 3 games are really fun. They are all different and offer something on their own so if you want, you should try to play them on your own before you judge. As we all know, you can’t judge a book by it’s covers. This also applies in the gaming worlds so make sure to try some of them to see what you like and which game suits you the best.

Why Xbox is the best console

Hey! Welcome to my first post and now I’m gonna talk about why Xbox is the actual best console to have right now.

Price

This is not a surprise. You can buy Xbox really cheap nowadays and you can even find a few really good ones online that have been used. This is often a great thing although people are scared that some parts may be missing or that it won’t work for a long time. I think that buying a used console is awesome because in most of the cases you will get some extra games with your console so you can play some extra games and you won’t have to buy them.

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Bigger community

This is a big deal for me as I often hang around some Xbox forums where we talk about how can we improve certain things, how can we mod our consoles and game pads and other stuff. There is also a section just for sharing games.

Exclusive games

This is probably the biggest factor of them all. Yes, PS4 has some really cool exclusive titles, but in the end, Xbox has more and better rated games as well as you can check on any game review sites today. This is because there is just more profit for game developers on the market. More people have Xbox consoles than any other out there and that is why it has some cool titles.

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Conclusion

This is all in theory, but in the end of the day, it’s up to you. If you grew up with PS you will most likely stay on the PS path and won’t even try Xbox, but you should at least give it a go. You can try it out in your local gaming rooms to see just how it goes. I am sure that you won’t regret it.