Full Sail University: “Red Bull LAN E-Sports Training Invitational”

[ES]: Even the best players in the world need time to prepare themselves in order to compete for the top position, especially in professional gaming. Starting this Friday, training will begin for a selected group of StarCraft II and Halo: Reach contestants at Full Sail University in Winter Park, FL, including for 19-year-old Lee Sak Won who finished 5th on a recent SC II tournament, [http://pro.majorleaguegaming.com/competitions/29#event_87_results].

Red Bull will be streaming each night live the training of these players via the mentioned sites below (in the press release) for three days from 6pm-12am. It will be the first time Full Sail students get to see a professional gaming event at their campus.

[EN]: Hasta los mejores jugadores del mundo necesitan tiempo para prepararse para competir por la primera posición, sobre todo en juegos a nivel profesional. A partir de este viernes, el entrenamiento comenzará para un grupo seleccionado de concursantes de StarCraft IIHalo: Reach en la Universidad Full Sail en Winter Park, FL, incluyendo para el de 19 años de edad Lee Won Sak quien terminó quinto en un reciente torneo de SC II,[http://pro.majorleaguegaming.com/competitions/29#event_87_results].

Red Bull transmitirá en vivo cada noche el entrenamiento de estos jugadores a través de los sitios mencionados dbajo (en el comunicado de prensa) por tres días de 6pm-12am. Será la primera vez que los estudiantes de Full Sail lleguen a ver un evento de  juegos a nivel profesional en su campus.

[Press Release - Comunicado de prensa]

From: Full Sail University

Red Bull LAN E-Sports Training Invitational Kicks Off in Orlando at Full Sail University

Santa Monica, Calif. – March 12, 2012 – Elite e-Sport athletes aren’t just gifted competitors—they are dedicated athletes that train relentlessly to achieve the pinnacle of their game. Today, Red Bull Gaming announced Orlando as the first stop on their 2012 Red Bull LAN invitation-only performance camp circuit, geared to provide leading and emerging e-Sports athletes with the tools, time, and training to prepare them for professional gaming competitions throughout the 2012 season. Kicking off in Orlando, March 16-18 at Full Sail University’s on campus performance venue, Full Sail Live, the Red Bull LAN circuit continues through 2012, with additional events to follow in Austin, Seattle, Boston, and Chicago.

Converging in Orlando, twelve of the world’s fiercest StarCraft® II players from Korea, Sweden, USA, and Germany, headlined by newly signed Red Bull Gaming athlete Lee Sak “PartinG” Won will participate alongside twelve dominant Halo: Reach players including Red Bull Gaming athletes Ian “Enable” Wyatt and Mike “Flamesword” Chaves. Taking advantage of this distraction-free training camp environment, these leading e-Sports athletes will hit their respective playing fields for more than ten hours each day of the Red Bull LAN, testing new strategies, scrimmaging in intense sessions, reviewing films of gameplay to improve their performance and refining their techniques for professional matches. Other resources afforded to these athletes include access to a sports psychologist and nutritional analysis, ensuring that each competitor has the tools and knowledge to compete at their highest level.

Fans of e-Sports can observe the training, follow their favorite athletes and get to know emerging stars through streaming feeds, broadcast live each night online from 6:00pm – 12:00am EST on www.redbullusa.com/lanwww.twitch.tv/team/redbulllan and www.day9.tv. Viewers will also be treated to expert host commentary for each title, with expert announcers narrating the action throughout the six hours of streaming gameplay. Sean “Day[9]Plott the premier commentator for the StarCraft II community, in tandem with Marcus “djWHEAT” Wheat will call the plays and analyze the action on three dedicated streams, with newly retired Red Bull Gaming athlete and legend, Dave “Walshy” Walsh hosting the Halo: Reach stream throughout the Red Bull LAN training circuit.

The Red Bull LAN at Full Sail University in Orlando offers a unique, first time opportunity for the university’s students to attend and observe nightly gameplay sessions in-person, watching e-Sports masters at work from within their own campus. Full Sail University is an award-winning entertainment and media institution which offers on campus and online degree programs in areas including Game Development, Game Art and Game Design. Full Sail graduate credits include work on numerous SPIKE Video Game Award-winning projects including Halo: Reach and StarCraft II, which will be featured during the Red Bull LAN.

Broadcast on RedBullUSA.com/LAN and Twitch.tv/team/redbulllan, the live show will also be broadcast on Day[9]’s channel, Day9.tv. Previous events have attracted over 1.5 million viewers to the stream. Follow Red Bull Gamingon Twitter – @RedBullGaming – for the latest information.

Available free for editorial use, hi-res video, still images and editorial text is centrally located in the Red Bull Content Pool at www.redbullcontentpool.com.

Lineups

StarCraft II:

Blizzard Entertainment’s global eSports staple, StarCraft II, the fastest-selling strategy game of all time, challenges PC gamers to hone both their minds and their reaction times to plan and execute devastating attacks while also fending off assaults from their opponents.

More Red Bull LAN participants will be announced in the coming days by Sean “Day[9]”Plott of Day9.tv. Currently announced StarCraft II athletes for the Red Bull LAN Orlando include:

  • Won “PartinG” Lee Sak (Protoss, South Korea)
  • Johan “NaNiwa” Lucchesi (Protoss, Sweden)
  • Kim “SaSe” Hammar (Protoss, Sweden)
  • Marcus “ThorZaIN” Eklöf (Terran, Sweden)
  • Dennis “HasuObs” Schneider (Protoss, Germany)
  • Shawn “Sheth” Simon (Zerg, USA)
  • Joseph “Ret” de Kroon (Zerg, Netherlands)
  • Jin Young “JYP” Park (Protoss, South Korea)
  • Ho Joon “Puma” Lee (Terran, South Korea)

Halo: Reach:

Gamers play competitively in teams of four in this first-person-shooter console game.

  • Dave “Walshy” Walsh (Three-time national champion)
  • Ian “Enable” Wyatt
  • Mike “Flamesword” Chaves
  • Matthew “Royal 2” Fiorante
  • Paul “Snakebite” Duarte
  • Justin “Pistola” Deese
  • Justin “Roy” Brown
  • Jason “Lunchbox” Brown
  • Tom “Ogre 2” Ryan
  • TJ “Lxthul” Campbell
  • Joseph “Tizoxic” Campbell
  • Bryan “Legit” Rizzo
  • Ryan “Destin” Means

For more information at Full Sail University, please visit:

www.fullsail.edu

www.twitter.com/fullsail

www.facebook.com/fullsailuniversity

“Guinness World Records 2012 Gamer’s Edition”

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La votación llegó a su fin para revelar los ganadores de los mejores finales de videojuegos. Por medio de los Récords Mundiales Guinness y la participación de más de 13,500 aficionados, el juego publicado por Activision y desarrolado por Treyarch, Call of Duty: Black Ops, se coronó el campeón. Black Ops fue seguido por el último juego Halo de la empresa desarrolladora Bungie, Halo: Reach. El tercer puesto lo ocupó el héroe del tiempo en The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. A pesar de haber hecho su lanzamiento original hace 13 años, la versión 3DS demostró que Ocarina aún es un juego muy entretenido y desafiante.

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From/De: Guiness World Records

The greatest videogame endings of all time announced in the new guinness world records 2012 gamer’s edition

  • Over 13,000 Gamers Voted for their Favourite Videogame Ending
  • ‘Call of Duty: Black Ops’ is Crowned Winner
  • ‘Halo: Reach’ and ‘The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time’ are Runners Up
  • Warning: Spoiler Alert!!

LONDON (January 9, 2012) – Today, Guinness World Records, the global authority on record-breaking, announce the Top 50 Videogame Endings of All Time as voted for by 13,519 fans of gaming.  Conducted for the new Guinness World Records 2012 Gamer’s Edition book, the list will cause heated debate among passionate gamers and provide further evidence of the growing sophistication and popularity of videogames.

Last year’s best-selling videogame, Call of Duty: Black Ops, developed by Treyarch, tops the list.  The dramatic finale features a frantic shoot-out inside a submarine and provides our hero Mason the chance to take vengeance for a murdered friend. The closing sequence offers a new twist on the classic JFK conspiracy theory.

Second place in the list is 2010’s Halo: Reach developed by Bungie.  Another First-Person Shooter, Halo: Reach takes place in the year 2552, with humanity locked in a war with the alien Covenant.  During the post credits sequence the player’s character, Noble Six, makes a final stand against impossible odds.  Although he is eventually overwhelmed, his sacrifice ensures that the ‘Master Chief’ survives.

Over 13 year’s old, Nintendo’s The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time takes third place in the list.  One of the best loved games of all time ends in classic fashion with our iconic character defeating Ganondorf and rescuing Princess Zelda.

The rest of the 50 offers a definitive list of the greatest videogame endings of all time.  Notable entries include Red Dead Redemption (2010) which comes in at number 6.  Rockstar’s mega-hit finishes like all good Western films with retribution, revenge and bloodshed.

At number 7 is Portal (Valve, 2007).  The highly memorable ending breaks from tradition, with the final boss, GLaDOS, appearing to be defeated but then going on to perform a musical number titled ‘Still Alive’.  The song, written by nerd-folk artist Jonathan Coulton, has become a cult hit and been immortalised in numerous online tributes.

Quantic Dream’s highly innovative Heavy Rain (2010) makes up the 10.  The game features 22 possible endings which add to the excitement of the thriller.  Will your in-game choices result in the ‘all round happy-ending’ or will they instead lead to an ending so dark that you’ll witness the deaths of most the game’s major characters.

Gaz Deaves, Gaming Editor for Guinness World Records 2012 Gamer’s Edition said: “Everyone has an opinion on how to end a game whether it’s an epic boss fight, a clever plot twist or a 90-minute movie.  This list recognises some of the greatest endings and hopefully will get gamers talking about what are their favourites and why.”

The full list is featured in the new Guinness World Records 2012 Gamer’s Edition book out now. The book is also available in a fully illustrated, full colour eBook format at Kobo and Apple’s ibooks.  For more information please visit www.guinnessworldrecords.com/gamers.

50. Resident Evil 4
49. Star Wars: Knights of the old Republic
48. Ratchet & Clank: a Crack in Time
47. Crysis 2
46. The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
45. Call of Duty: World at War
44. Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II
43. Half-Life 2: Episode Tow
42. Super Metroid
41. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
40. New Super Mario Bros. Wii
39. inFamous
38. Fallout 3
37. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
36. Gears of War 2
35. Bioshock
34. Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty
33. Sonic Adventures 2
32. Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater
31. Kingdom Hearts II
30. Mass Effect
29. Super Mario Galaxy
28. Sonic the Hedgehog
27. Metal Gear Solid
26. Assassin’s Creed II
25. Assassin’s Creed
24. Shadow of the Colossus
23. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
22. Kingdom Hearts
21. Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
20. Super Mario Galaxy 2
19. Mass Effect 2
18. Grand Theft Auto IV
17. Portal 2
16. Assassins Creed: Brotherhood
15. Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
14. Halo: Combat Evolved
13. Halo 3
12. Pokémon Black and White
11. Super Mario Bros
10. Heavy Rain
9. Final Fantasy VII
8. Metal Gear Solid 4
7. Portal
6. Red Dead Redemption
5. God of War
4. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
3. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
2. Halo: Reach
1. Call of Duty: Black Ops

About Guinness World Records
Guinness World Records is the universally recognized authority on record-breaking achievement.  First published in 1955, the annual Guinness World Records book is published in more than 100 countries and 25 languages and is one of the highest-selling books under copyright of all time with more than 3 million copies sold annually across the globe. Guinness World Records celebrated its 50th anniversary edition in 2004, a year after the sale of its 100 millionth copy.  Guinness World Records also annually publishes the Gamer’s Edition; a records book devoted solely to the world of computer gaming and high score record achievements.

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Major League Gaming – MLG Orlando Competition – My thoughts

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MLG Competitions

This weekend has been my first time attending a Major League Gaming competition and noticed the presence of the best gamers from around the world. These gamers are real professioanls whether they are playing on their own or in teams.

At the competition itself, a big area for each of the games can put anyone in awe. The fans of each of the games really enjoy watching the best of the best battling it out to move on to the finals.

As a fan of Call of Duty: Black Ops, I enjoyed watching the amazing skills and tactics used in the game. Most teams are specialized on one or two styles or types of gameplay. While others succeed at “Capture the flag,” others do surprising well at “Domination.”

The location of the event, the Gaylord Palms Resort,  is a great atmosphere for gamers. 

Today is the Championship Round on StarCraft 2, Halo: Reach, and Call of Duty: Black Ops. You can still see and enjoy the matches online at www.mlgpro.com. Watch’em now!

(more on the MLG and PS Vita; to be updated soon).

 

MLG Pro Circuit returns to Central Florida | El Circuito Pro MLG vuelve a la Florida Central

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Por séptima ocasión, las Ligas Mayores de Juegos vuelve a Orlando, FL, ofreciendo a jugadores profesionales  la oportunidad de clasificarse a las finales del torneo. Cientos de participantes de EE.UU. y de varios otros países competirán en los tres juegos más populares del momento: StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty (PC), Halo: Reach (Xbox 360), y Call of Duty: Black Ops (PS3).

El torneo de tres días empezará el viernes 14 de octubre (este viernes). El evento contará con el auspicio de Sony Ericcson, Dr. Peppers, Alienware y otras compañías. SCEA estará presente, y los jugadores podrán probar juegos del próximo PlayStation Vita y echarle un buen vistazo al nuevo monitor tridimensional de alta definición de Sony para videojuegos.

Estaré presente los tres días en el evento, así que estén atentos a este blog para más información.

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For the seventh time, Major League Gaming returns to Orlando, FL, offering professional gamers the opportunity to get classified to the Finals of the tournament. Hundreds of participants from the US and many other countries  will compete by playing three of the current, most popular games:  StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty (PC), Halo: Reach (Xbox 360), and Call of Duty: Black Ops (PS3).

The 3-day-long tournament will start on October 14th (this Friday). The event will be sponsored by Sony Ericcson, Dr. Peppers, Alienware, and other companies. SCEA will be present, and gamers will be able to try out the upcoming PlayStation Vita, as well as to take a good look at Sony’s new 3D HDTV for gaming.

I’ll be present all three days of the event, so keep checking this blog for more info.

[Press Release | Comunicado de prensa (en inglés)]

From/De: Major League Gaming

Thousands of the World’s Best Video Game Players and Fans from Around the Globe Returning to Orlando for Major League Gaming Pro Circuit Competition

More Than $120,000 in Prizes Up for Grabs at MLG Pro Circuit October 14-16 at the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center

 Hundreds of Thousands of Fans Expected to Watch the Event LIVE Online at www.majorleaguegaming.com

NEW YORK—October 10, 2011—The 2011 MLG Pro Circuit season has been record breaking with the largest prize purse to date, the most epic crowds, and millions tuning in from around the globe to watch the competition LIVE online.  The excitement continues this weekend as top pro players, aspiring amateurs, and thousands of video game fans return to the sunshine state for the Major League Gaming (MLG) Orlando Pro Circuit, marking the 7th time MLG has held an event in Orlando, Florida.  From October 14-16, competitors from around the globe will battle in the last Pro Circuit before the 2011 championship for more than $120,000 in prizes playing Blizzard Entertainment’s blockbuster real-time strategy game, StarCraft® II: Wings of Liberty™ on PC, the record-setting Call of Duty®: Black Ops on the PlayStation®3 (PS3™) entertainment system, and the popular Halo: Reach on Xbox 360.

Fans can go online to purchase spectator passes for the weekend, watch the event in real-time and become MLG league members to receive discounts on passes, as well as free 720p high quality, ad-free LIVE video streaming of all the event action.  The Pro Circuit will be broadcast via LIVE video streams all weekend with two streams dedicated to StarCraft II (Red and Blue), one stream for Halo: Reach and one stream for Call of Duty: Black Ops.  MLG Silver and Gold members, and those that purchase an HQPass, will also have exclusive access to BETA test two new StarCraft II streams. MLG works with Streamworks, the global end-to-end streaming company, to deliver live and on-demand coverage.

The Orlando competition is the fifth of a challenging, six-city US Pro Circuit tour that pits the most talented players against their toughest opponents.  More than $1 million will be awarded throughout the year making this the largest MLG season to date.  Live streaming of the recent Raleigh Pro Circuit (August 26-28) resulted in an all-time high 138,000 peak concurrent online stream viewers. Fans from 173 countries watched the LIVE streams and more than 3 million hours of video were consumed throughout the weekend. The 2011 Pro Circuit culminates with the MLG national championship in Providence, Rhode Island from November 18-20 where players will compete for more than $600,000.

The Players and Games

StarCraft® II: Wings of Liberty™ on PC

Hundreds of players from around the world will compete in the StarCraft II tournament, including Raleigh Pro Circuit champion ST_Bomber and Korean players SlayerS_Boxer, ST_JulyZerg and Prime_HongUn, all of whom will make the trip to Orlando through MLG’s exchange program with GOMTV’s Global StarCraft II League (GSL).

Call of Duty®: Black Ops on PlayStation 3 system

Hundreds of players will battle for a 1st place prize of $10,000 in gameplay modes Capture the Flag, Domination and Search and Destroy.  After defeating Collapse in Raleigh for first place, FeaR will fight for the championship spot against top ranked teams including eon EnVy, eon OpTic Gaming, Quantic LeveraGe and Quantic Nex-TT-hreat.

 Halo: Reach on Xbox 360

Hundreds of Halo: Reach players will compete during the three-day, double-elimination tournament for the 1st place prize of $20,000. After dethroning #1 team Instinct in Raleigh, newly-formed team Infamous which includes Florida locals, will fight to prove they are not a one-hit-wonder against top teams eon Instinct, Believe The Hype, UoR Dynasty and Status Quo.

 The Experience

Thousands of spectators will view all of the action via three giant main stages with huge video screens and live commentating similar to traditional sporting events. Attendees can visit an array of booths featuring meet and greets with the Pros, the latest products from MLG partners, pre-release access to games and more.  Booth highlights include:

  •          MLG Booth: Visit the MLG booth for an opportunity to meet MLG pro players and personalities, compete in the Black Ops FFA to win exclusive prizes, and participate in the MLG booth scavenger hunt to win cool prizes.
  •          Sony Ericsson, official mobile handset of MLG: Demo the NEW Sony Ericsson Xperia™ PLAY 4G available for purchase ($49.99) and experience new titles like 9mm by Gameloft and FIFA 12 by EA for the first time at the Sony Ericsson booth.  Compete in mobile gaming competitions for a chance to win great prizes like your very own Xperia™ PLAY 4G.
  •          Dr Pepper, official soft drink of MLG:  Stop by for play-a-Pro sessions, signings, Text-to-Win promotions with an array of prizing, and a chance to meet the new Dr Pepper Girls.
  •          BIC® Flex4® Razors, official razor of MLG: Play Halo: Reach in the BIC® Flex4® Live FFA (free-for-all or individual) competition. One winner will be flown to the MLG National Championships to compete for $4,000. Plus, participate in a text-2-win promotion for a chance to win cool gaming gear like an ASTRO A40 Audio System.
  •          PlayStation®, official partner of MLG: Get hands-on with Uncharted®3 and PlayStation®Vita first at the PlayStation Compound. Experience the PlayStation® Move Sharp Shooter attachment, the new PlayStation®3D Monitor with SimulView and compete with friends for amazing prizes. Meet and play against Call of Duty:  Black Ops Pros Rambo, Big Tymer, TeePee and Stainville.
  •          STRIDE, official gum of MLG:  Participate in unique challenges throughout the weekend and receive Pro Player autographs from Tyler and Naded.
  •          Alienware, the official desktop of MLG:  Experience the most powerful desktops available at Alienware gaming stations throughout the venue.
  •          ASTRO, the official headset of MLG: Check out and buy the latest gear – the A40 2011 and A30 pro gaming headsets.
  •          Mad Catz:  Try out the soon to be released MLG controller and MLG fight stick for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.
  •          CALIBUR 11:   Check out and purchase the MLG Vault for Xbox360 –an external case for Xbox 360 slim hardware.

In advance of the event, Orlando area Play N Trade stores and UFC campus stores are offering free spectator passes with the purchase of NOS®, the official energy drink of MLG.

ABOUT MAJOR LEAGUE GAMING

Founded in 2002, Major League Gaming (MLG) is the dominant media property exclusively targeting the approximately 40 million consumers in North America who have a passion for playing video games as a competitive social activity. The company exclusively represents the best professional gamers and gives millions of aspiring gamers around the world an opportunity to compete, improve their skills, and socialize through a thriving online competitive community and live Pro Circuit competitions. For more information: www.majorleaguegaming.com.

ABOUT BLIZZARD ENTERTAINMENT, INC.

Best known for blockbuster hits including World of Warcraft® and the Warcraft®, StarCraft®, and Diablo® franchises, Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. (www.blizzard.com), a division of Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ: ATVI), is a premier developer and publisher of entertainment software renowned for creating some of the industry’s most critically acclaimed games. Blizzard Entertainment’s track record includes thirteen #1-selling games and multiple Game of the Year awards. The company’s online-gaming service, Battle.net®, is one of the largest in the world, with millions of active players.

TrueAchievements.com: “The Ultrafun: Halo Forever!” – Child’s Play – July 2nd

From/De: TrueAchievements.com

TrueAchievements.com Presents The Ultrafun: Halo Forever! (For a day)

TrueAchievements is proud to announce that we are holding The Ultrafun: Halo Forever! (For a day) with the goal of raising money for Child’s Play.

We have staffers broken up into two teams, Red & Blue, who will be playing the campaigns of Halo 3, Halo 3: ODST, and Halo: Reach on Legendary in 4-player Co-Op. They will be kicking off at 1:00 PM GMT (8:00 AM EST) on July 2nd (this Saturday) and not stopping for 24 straight hours.

As we raise money and pass certain milestones, the teams will back out to the main menu add a SKULL, and resume their playthrough with the new skull challenges implemented. Ergo, the more you donate, the more skulls will be added and the more “fun” this challenge will be! Here are the donation milestones:

• IWHBYD Skull – $100
• Grunt Birthday Skull – $150
• Cowbell Skull – $250
• Catch Skull – $500
• Fog Skull – $1,000
• Tough Luck Skull – $2,500
• Famine Skull – $4,000
• Thunderstorm Skull – $6,500
• Tilt Skull – $10,000
• Black Eye Skull – $14,000
• Mythic Skull – $20,000

It has also been hinted that, if we pass $50,000, the teams will commit to playing at least 30 straight hours… or until they pass out.

In the event that the teams SOMEHOW manage to beat the campaigns of all three games before the 24 hours elapses, they will move over to Halo: Reach multiplayer and take on members of the community in “Big Team Battle” with all eight staffers facing off against eight community members at a time.

If you’d like to add your voice to the Twitter/Ultrafun movement, be sure to use the hashtag: #theultrafun

Finally, and best of all, we will be streaming live on USTREAM as well as capturing video and posting highlights next week.
Donations for the event are now open.  Donations are being taken via the event’s ChipIn Page. NOTE: ChipIn works with PayPal accounts.

At TA, we realize that times are tough, and money is tight right now, but remember that every dollar you donate goes to buying games for children in hospitals… children who need that mental distraction and brief respite from illnesses that sometimes don’t have a cure. So, please, if you can, give generously.

USTREAM Link – http://www.ustream.tv/channel/the-ultrafun

ChipIn Page – http://theultrafun.chipin.com/halo-forever-for-a-day

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