Community, community, community

28 May

As a competitive gamer you always go where the competition is at. Halo is so popular because it has a robust community that will outlast generation, the same can be said for games like Counter Strike and Call of Duty. So when I say community is the driving force behind why a game is successful at a competitive level I mean it. When MLG first put Rainbow Six: Vegas and Gears of War on the Pro Circuit I will never forget the backlash that the Gears community had when Rainbow Six was announced first over Gears of War.

These were two communities that wanted the chance so bad and luckily both of them got that chance. Although both games are now gone from the circuit and instead of Marcus Fenix and Tom Clancy you have Mario and Hiatchi taking their place, it’s not a bad thing, but that is an article for another time. The reason those games made it to the Pro Circuit was because of the community. Then you have “side projects” like Shadowrun that had the amazing gameplay but a small community, and it showed. Since then people have been rallying behind games to be “potential MLG material” like Red Faction: Guerilla, Bionic Commando, Unreal Tournament 3, and even PS3 games like Killzone 2 and Uncharted 2 (didn’t make a blip in the radar sadly).

MLG will not take the risk again of adding a game that does not have a community and without a community that means no competition, which leads to why I am writing this article. Today I had the opportunity to listen to “The Losers Bracket” hosted by vVv Gaming on the Gamers Garage. I usually listen to these podcast because they are interesting and help the day go by. With that said I couldn’t help but question something that was said by Mrs Violence in regard to Uncharted 2 being a “casual game”. Granted Uncharted 2 may have been undoubtably the best game of 2009 (over 30 GoTY awards prove that) but it’s Multiplayer was largely overlooked due to the nature of Uncharted: Drakes Fortune which was a Single Player game from start to finish.

If you haven't checked out Uncharted 2 Multiplayer, please do so. Make sure to thank me later!

Uncharted 2 took elements of Gears of War/Assassin’s Creed/Call of Duty and mixed it into one perfect combo and to think Naughty Dog got right what Epic Games still haven’t gotten right themselves, a fully functioning game. Of course I can rag about Gears (but I know a few people would hate me if I do so) but Uncharted 2 did not have something that Gears of War did have and that was COMMUNITY! Multiplayer games on PS3 get overlooked often (I honestly don’t know why), and while games like Warhawk I did not expect to last long, which ended up being wrong, games like Killzone 2 and Uncharted 2 along with SOCOM: Confrontation were suppose to pioneer competitive gaming on PS3 but the community did not rally behind any of those games and today the only game left representing the Playstation brand at a competitive level is Call of Duty:MW2. A game like Uncharted 2 had the gameplay to back it up. It was fast and frantic and when I had the chance to play with some of the PS3’s best it was competitive.

In the end it didn’t matter because the community was not there. So, if a community does not support a game is it considered a casual game? What if it has the elements to make an amazing competitive game? These are the questions I was left wondering about, and I feel that is not the case. If CS did not have the community to back it up would it be a casual game? Same goes for Halo, Call of Duty, Madden, Street Fighter and Quake if no one supported those games as illogical as it may seem would they be considered “casual” games given the standard we were presented? Granted she may just not have liked the games multiplayer at all, but I guess it all boils down to opinions now doesn’t it?

When I typed up competitive gaming in google images this came up...

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3 Responses to “Community, community, community”

  1. MuRRaY May 28, 2010 at 7:39 pm #

    I still love the fact that a 1998 Half Life mod created by two gamers in their basements have seen more success worldwide than anything Bungie has brought to the table.

    They basically built Steam around the fact that the original CS authentication servers (WON servers) were not able to handle the volume of users playing.

    • Alex Mendez May 28, 2010 at 7:41 pm #

      Agreed, and it’s still mind blowing to this day.

  2. Donncha May 30, 2010 at 7:31 pm #

    MW2 isn’t the only game with an active community on PS3. Bad Company 2 games are overflowing with players every night. Haven’t ever figured out why that game isn’t beating MW2 hands-down in terms of players online.

    Is it easy to find full games of Uncharted 2? I just bought the game for the single player campaign and didn’t realise it did multiplayer until I saw the back of the box!

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