PAX Schedule – Where you can find me and other stuff

PAX Schedule is out. http://aus.paxsite.com/schedule

You can find me at these panels with a bunch of interesting people:

State of Play – Esports in Australia
http://aus.paxsite.com/schedule/panel/state-of-play-competitive-gaming-and-e-sports-in-australia

Unlocking The Fourth Wall: Transmedia and Games
http://aus.paxsite.com/schedule/panel/unlocking-the-fourth-wall-transmedia-and-games

Super Ultra Fighting Game Community Panel EX
http://aus.paxsite.com/schedule/panel/super-ultra-fighting-game-community-panel-ex

With CouchWarriors we’ll be running a whole bunch of fighting game tournaments, and in between all that I’ll be spending some time working at the AIE booth. Whew!

Also just as a brain dump for later reference, at my first look through, these other panels also look quite interesting:

Game making stuff:
http://aus.paxsite.com/schedule/panel/you-can-make-games-too
http://aus.paxsite.com/schedule/panel/developing-for-idxbox
http://aus.paxsite.com/schedule/panel/pay-vs-fremium-the-impact-on-creativity

Screenings:
http://aus.paxsite.com/schedule/panel/gameloading-rise-of-the-indies-sneak-peek
http://aus.paxsite.com/schedule/panel/screening-bayonetta-bloody-fate

More
http://aus.paxsite.com/schedule/panel/the-best-retro-video-games-youve-probably-never-played
http://aus.paxsite.com/schedule/panel/meet-the-australian-esports-association
http://aus.paxsite.com/schedule/panel/everyone-games-creating-inclusive-gaming-communities
http://aus.paxsite.com/schedule/panel/women-in-video-games-improving-things-for-everyone

More more

http://paxaustralia.com.au/schedule/panel/designing-smite-and-cracking-the-moba-market

http://aus.paxsite.com/schedule/panel/what-they-wont-tell-you-about-working-in-videogames

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Esports Report for Good Game: ACL Pro Sydney 2014

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This latest report covering ACLPro – the Australian Cyber League’s huge Sydney 2014 event was submitted as both a long and short version.  With plenty to cover over five games, the hope was to include a bit of the journey of the key combatants.  There wasn’t enough room for it this time around, so enjoy a little more detail in the report below, including links to the full stream replays.

You can view the report as aired by Good Game tonight, here.

Long Form

ACL Sydney was held at the Australian Technology Park, hosting a larger roster of competitions across five games, including some international qualifiers.

FIFA
Footage:
http://www.twitch.tv/aclpro/b/549289195
Muzza255 in blue, Prodigy_V in white
Timecodes: 25min match highlights (goal replays)

Copy:
Added to the schedule with the sweetener of a trip to France for the Esports World Cup (ESWC) Championships, the final came down to event favourite Muzza255 and Prodigy_V. Both chose Real Madrid letting individual playstyle decide the bout and it was Prodigy’s aggressive attacking game, winning 2-0 that earned him a trip to Paris.

COD Ghosts
http://tv.majorleaguegaming.com/channel/acl

Avant Garde had to make some big plays to get the monkey of their back by defeating Team Immunity, stepping up from their defeat at COD Championships to face Team Storm in the grand finals. The young team, with one of their members being only 13 – caused a huge upset and winning 5-2

LOL
http://www.twitch.tv/aclprolol/b/549290645

Immunity met Ex Dreamers or ExD

Immunity’s LOL team kept the pressure on EX Dreamers with expert team fighting skills. EXD never gave up, aiming for some late game carries but Immunity weren’t to be denied, achieving a qualifying spot for the Oceana finals next to the already qualified Team Legacy.
Starcraft 2 SC2
The SC2 event saw an epic Open bracket break down the best players into group stages, the best of which were seeded
into the Championship Bracket.

http://aclsyd14.challonge.com/SCZCB
http://www.twitch.tv/aclprosc2/b/549348968

Weathering a solid comeback in winners finals from from Iaguz, KingKong and his dominant Zerg army booked another Grand Final. Not to be denied, Iaguz battled past the Protoss player Pigeon who overpowered Pezz and set up a rematch for his Terran army with KingKong. With a powerful economy, KingKong flooded the map with Zerg to follow his Brisbane win with a 4-0 victory proving himself head and shoulders over the competition.

Both KingKong and Iaguz qualified for the next World Championship Series
SMASH Bros
http://www.twitch.tv/aclpro2/b/549347811
Timecode
52 min

Battle Arena Melbourne Melee champion Dekar disposed of another leader in the smash scene Caotic 3-0 in a commanding
semi final, before setting up a berth in the grand final after defeating Sydney’s Tedeth. Tedeth put a stop to Caotic’s comeback through the losers bracket to face Dekar in the grand finals. Dekar’s dominance of the ledge game saw him put aside Captain Falcon to use Marth to take out Tedeth’s Fox and win the event undefeated.

losers semi: cao vs splice, cao wins 3-0 (peach)
winners final: dekar vs Tedeth (syd) dekar wins 3-1
losers semi caotic vs syke (QLD)
losers final caotic vs tedeth

—– SHORTENED version —-

—- COPY —

ACL Sydney was held at the Australian Technology Park, hosting a larger roster of competitions across five games, including some prestigious qualifiers.

FIFA
Footage:
http://www.twitch.tv/aclpro/b/549289195
Muzza255 in blue, Prodigy_V in white
Timecodes:
2.25 players side by side
25min match highlights (goal replays)
Copy:
The FIFA final came down to event favourite Muzza255 and Prodigy_V, whose aggressive attacking game, saw him go undefeated in the tournament. He’s earned a trip to Paris at the Esports World Cup (ESWC) Championships, to play for Australia.
COD Ghosts
http://tv.majorleaguegaming.com/channel/acl
No timecode – can only play through! Planned for this and requested footage will update if able to obtain.

Copy:
Avant Garde had to make some big plays to get the monkey of their back by defeating Team Immunity, stepping up from their defeat at COD Championships to face Team Storm in the grand finals. The young team, with one of their members being only 13 – caused a huge upset and winning 5-2

LOL
http://www.twitch.tv/aclprolol/b/549290645
GF start 2:25
2:47 – big exchange, excited commentary.

Copy:
Immunity’s LOL team kept the pressure on EX Dreamers throughout the grand final with expert team fighting skills winning a qualifying spot for the Oceana finals next to the already qualified Team Legacy.
SC2 –
http://aclsyd14.challonge.com/SCZCB
http://www.twitch.tv/aclprosc2/b/549348968
Timecode: 2:22

Copy:

Weathering a solid comeback from lower bracket by Terran Iaguz, KingKong flooded the map with Zerg to follow his Brisbane win with a 4-0 victory proving himself head and shoulders over the competition. Each of the top two players qualified for the next SC2 World Championship Series

Super SMASH Bros
http://www.twitch.tv/aclpro2/b/549347811
Timecode
52 min

Copy
Melee champion from the recent Battle Arena Melbourne, Dekar’s dominance of the ledge game saw him put aside Captain Falcon to use Marth in the grand final against Sydney’s Tedeth and his StarFox and win the event undefeated.


Esports Report for Good Game: Battle Arena Melbourne 2014

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This report covered the event I help run for CouchWarriors, Battle Arena Melbourne. It was a big success, with higher prereg and the biggest attendance of all fighting game events for the last two years. The full text of the report is below.

Good Game aired the report on May 27th, and you can view the News Segment featuring the report Here

The Report

One of the largest national Fighting game events, Battle Arena Melbourne, saw hundreds of players converge to compete in more than 10 games for the iconic BAM boxing glove trophy and over 10,000 in cash and prizes.

As the first Australian event in the Capcom Pro Tour, competition was fierce, but community minded organisers Couchwarriors also catered for new players with a Free to enter New Challengers tournament. Pleasing the crowd with impressive skills, the final between Anzel and Shoki saw Anzel walking away with his very own BAM exclusive arcade stick. It featured art by special guest, Jeffrey “Chamba” Cruz of Udon comics fame. (Official Street Fighter comic artist.)

Another special guest was Mick Gordon, sound designer and composer oF Killer Instinct. He shared insights on the game’s development, and even stuck around to play casuals with the players. In an amazing final, the KI winner was Darth Wishh in his very first tournament.

Among the other winners, we saw Sydney’s Myke reclaim the Virtua Fighter throne from two time winner AlexMD, while Tones went back to back in Dead Or Alive 5 Ultimate, Melbourne mainstay Rame took out Tekken Tag Tournament 2, a close Adelaide-Sydney Final saw n-megabytes dominate Injustice and in an amazing skills showcase, Brisbane’s Baxter took first place in both King oF Fighters 13 AND Ultimate Marvel VS Capcom 3.

There was a huge crowd For Smash Bros across Brawl, Melee and the custom Project M. The amazing growth in the Smash community saw over 70 people compete just in Melee singles with Dekar walking out the champion.

Finally, vying for a trip to Singapore to compete in the South East Asia Majors, the final oF the 80-player Street Fighter 4 event was SL|Sol over DB|Toxy, who had won the 3rd strike tournament earlier. His beast mode Akuma wasn’t enough to overcome Sol’s Cammy to take out the top prize at the 6th Annual event.

Footage
URL/Suggested starting timecode for capture

* New Challengers final
http://www.twitch.tv/newgameplustv/b/527796061
27:20

* Killer Instinct Final
http://www.twitch.tv/newgameplustv/b/527500631
34:20

Tekken Tag 2 Final
http://www.twitch.tv/newgameplustv/b/527463586
26:16

Injustice Final
http://www.twitch.tv/newgameplustv/b/527519170
32:30

Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate Final
http://www.twitch.tv/newgameplustv/b/527524991
Winner’s favourite moment @ 54:15 (crushing a wakeup kick to turn the momentum)

* VF5FS Final
http://www.twitch.tv/newgameplustv/b/527807318
24:53

KOF13 Final
http://www.twitch.tv/newgameplustv/b/527835594
32:16

3rd Strike Final
http://www.twitch.tv/newgameplustv/b/527835594
4:24 (good comeback/combo)
* Marvel final
http://www.twitch.tv/newgameplustv/b/527835594
2:18:50

* SF4 Final
http://www.twitch.tv/newgameplustv/b/527876009
12min30sec mark
Photos

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/14qiinw75unwzmg/AABBl5SiUf-jBHSEZbsb2ngTa#/

Jeffrey Chamba Cruz’ artwork used on the New Challengers Arcade Stick

Selected Additional Media

Full results post
http://couchwarriors.org/wp/bam6-2014-results/

New Game Plus also produced a half hour special with guest interviews, cosplay and included a lot of match footage:
http://newgameplus.tv/episodes/4610/new-game-plus-s03ebam_rainbow-edition/

Novede.com BAM6 News Report:

(great crowd reaction footage and images of the New Challengers winner)

Fourth Player Podcast from BAM6
http://thefourthplayer.com/project/ep-44-live-from-bam-6/

Mick Gordon Ask me Anything Pt 2
http://www.twitch.tv/newgameplustv/b/527495825


Esports Report for Good Game: COD Championships 2014

This report aired on Good Game on the Full report text and media links are below.

You can view the report and edited transcript on Good Game’s site here 

The Report:

After a series of online and LAN qualifiers, eight teams of Australia’s elite Call of Duty players have emerged to meet in the recent ANZ Championship. Held in Sydney by Australian Cyber League, the slick finals event featured guest hosting and commentary by US COD casters FWIZ and PUCKETT alongside Australia’s own BIOACID. The event saw the best of the best fight for a share in $15,000 and one of only two spots at the Call of Duty Championship in Los Angeles.

Through a gruelling double elimination finals bracket, the grand final came down to dominant Team Immunity and talented up and comers, Trident T1Dotters. Immunity were favourites and advanced undefeated into the final, knocking AVANT into the lower bracket. There AVANT faced T1 for the second time, after knocking them out of winners bracket, T1 had clawed their way back.

T1Dotters claimed their revenge in a tense semi final, breaking from a 3 all deadlock to win 6-4 and book their trip to LA, but pride and the first place cash was still to be won.

The two sides came with some history. After being stung by a loss to T1Dotters only to come back from lower bracket to win the earlier LAN qualifier, Immunity would have been wary of the team that had cracked their armour once before.

An epic final unfolded as Immunity scored round one in Domination, but T1 started to impose themselves on the match with Search and Destroy in round 2 and played strongly to win 6-4, defeating Immunity when it counted.

Both teams will be representing Australia among 32 teams at the Call of Duty Championships in Los Angeles at the end of the month [on March 28-30]

Full bracket
http://cod2014.aclpro.com.au/bracket/

Photos
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10152306766848092.1073741837.240252393091&type=1

~~~

Footage

Final match


watch footage from the start, commentary from 1:30 – some good emotion: rampage killstreak 7:20.

and second half:


Hit 7 minute mark onward, closer rounds 11-14 min
[unfortunately end of match cut off]
~~~

Background info footage:
Opening Ceremony

Top 3 teams introduction


Esports Report for Good Game #4: ACLPro Sydney 2013

SC2 Winner King Kong

King Kong SC2 Winner at ACLpro Sydney 2013

It was great to be able to follow up my first report to Good Game, which was on the Australian Cyber League‘s Melbourne event, with the Sydney final, which took place on the 19th-20th of October. It was the final event in the ACLPro circuit for 2013. See more images at the ACL Facebook

I was pretty pleased with the copy, covering only three games gave me a bit more room in the minute approx of airtime to put across a bit more personality, a good fit for the GG tone and which played well in the news item. No long form this time, got a pretty good handle of what they were after and short form was all I needed for this one.

You can view the Good Game video here.  Below is my original report. As always, if there are any events of note that should be considered for coverage, let me know!

The Report:

The final event of the year for the Australian Cyber League Pro circuit was held in Sydney with a mixed open entry and invitational tournament for Call of Duty Black Ops, Starcraft 2 and League of Legends.
Players qualified through performances in season play and yearly points to earn the right to play off for the title of 2013 champion.

League of Legends saw ACL Melbourne’s finalists facing off once again as the new blood in Team NV, formerly Wobbly Bears, battled Team Immunity. Immunity came back after a losing the first game – an epic 50 minute grind – before closing out the championship 2-1.

Footage
http://www.twitch.tv/aclprolol/b/471816973
Match finish 1:27
Presentation 1:32
Call of Duty Black Ops Grand final battle between team TRIDENT and IMMUNITY was extremely tight with regular lead changes and a clutch killstreak from Immunity’s Naked held off the challengers.

Footage
http://www.twitch.tv/aclpro/b/471820953
Match concludes 1:04, presentations begin 1:10
57min Match turnaround; Around 1:01-04 final lead change and finish
Note-  3rd place : Team NV

Starcraft 2 
In a field full of strong players and upsets, the grand final matchup was between PIG, who knocked out the likes of Moonglade, and KingKong, a Korean student who convincingly schooled the competition in the way of the Zergling. A humble winner, he’ll spend his prize winnings on a car to get himself to uni.

Footage
http://www.twitch.tv/aclprosc2/b/471813644
Match ends 41min
Good hinge moment in game 37:30

Datapoints:

General Questions:
What is the overall prize pool?

League of Legends – $12,000 1st Place – $6,000.00 2nd Place – $3,000.00 3rd Place – $1,850.00 4th Place – $1,125.00
CoD: Black Ops 2 – $3,800 1st Place – $2,000.00 2nd Place – $1,000.00 3rd Place – $500.00 4th Place – $300.00
Starcraft 2 – $2,500 1st Place – $1,075.00 2nd Place – $550.00 3rd Place – $325.00 4th Place – $200.00 5th Place – $125.00 6th Place – $100.00 7th Place – $75.00 8th Place – $50.00

Sydney finals – what events and competitions have led to this? How did players qualify?

ACL runs on a points based system – a mixture of online qualifiers and previous major  events (Brisbane and Melbourne)
Players that have accrued enough points play off at the Sydney national championship finals


Esports Event Report: Shadowloo Showdown 2013

Tokido, SSF4 SS13 Winner

Tokido, SSF4 SS13 Winner.
Photo credit: Shadowlogic

My latest esports news report for Good Game (see more about my reporting for GG here) finally allows me to report on my favourite scene, fighting games.  Shadowloo Showdown (12-13 Oct 2013) is a great event, the second Melbourne major (see BAM) and one that the Shadowlogic team have worked hard to build as an international event.  While BAM (Battle Arena Melbourne) and OHN (Ozhadou Nationals – Sydney) are majors that focus on Australian champions and interstate rivalries, SS centres on inviting players from overseas.

It’s a great way to expose local players to high level play – bring the internationals here.  The latest SS took place in a beautiful new venue at the Flemington Racecourse.  The lineup of guests was more modest than last year, but I expect that’s a positive to keep things more manageable.  Being an organiser in the scene, I applaud this, and think that’s definitely a positive for the SS team.

My report is below.  The Good Game version aired tonight (22/10) at 8:30pm on ABC2 – watch it here  (Note, The GG version of the report made a mistake in the Virtua Fighter segment, confusing the historical information about AlexMD’s win at BAM earlier this year and naming Myke as his SS opponent. Myke was not at SS, it was Gab who came second, as listed below)

Due to the number of games to cover, there wasn’t as much flourish in the copy this time around. A lot to get through!  Results and links to the stream archives all included.

General copy:

The fourth annual Shadowloo Showdown, one of 4 major fighting game events this year, hit Melbourne with fierce competition by both interstate and notable international players.

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Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown

Won by AlexMD
2nd Gab
3rd CM

With Super solid play, AlexMD followed up his breakaway win at Battle Arena Melbourne in May over world class rival Iron Myke, dominated this event, winning undefeated with the flashy Jacky

Footage http://www.twitch.tv/shadowloohq/b/469415427
Timecodes
Final set 7:22
Final round 9:19

Injustice: Gods Amongs Us

Won by Falco (Adelaide) with Superman. A 2D prodigy who also placed top 8 in KOF13
http://www.twitch.tv/shadowloohq/b/469415427
Footage
End of match 4:12:17 (roll back a bit)

Tekken Tag Tournament 2

Winner JDCR from Korea
2nd Luper Sydney
3rd Marimo Bris

Korea’s JDCR was dominant, beating 2nd place Luper 9-0 (3 matches at 3-0)
JDCR was always ahead, with the best defense in the world – capitalizes on all opponent mistakes using perfect reactions.

Footage http://www.twitch.tv/shadowloohq/b/469694016
Timecode 1:43:43  – 1:44:23

Super Smash Bros

Local team Dekar and Redact took out Melee, while in Brawl, Canadian entry Tinman, used an unusual character Olimar, cleverly outplaying and overwhelming opponents in a barrage of attacks.

Footage http://www.twitch.tv/shadowloohq/b/469737234
Timecode 48min (Shows Olimar doing his thing)
52 min end of final match

King of Fighters 13 (KOF13)

1st Xian (SG)
2nd Tokido (JP)
3rd Luffy (FR) (pronounced Louffy)
The last Aussies were knocked out in the early part of the top 8 Falco and Colonov as a stacked international bracket that saw top players Xian (Singapore) and Tokido (Japan) fight it out, This years Evo Street Fighter champ Xian took the crown.

Footage http://www.twitch.tv/shadowloohq/b/469737234
Timecode 3:03 Final match

Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 (UMVC3 or just “Marvel”)

Abegen (Japan) was a crowd favorite fighting through losers bracket with an unusual team of Tron, Thor and an incredible She-Hulk with heartstopping, crowd pleasing solo comebacks, but it wasn’t enough as Xian took out his second tournament win.

Footage http://www.twitch.tv/shadowloohq/b/469737234
Timecode
3:17 start of Marvel
5:04:15 final match

Super Street Fighter 4 Arcade Edition 2012 (SSF4AE or simply Street Fighter 4)

In the Grand Final Gamerbee, famously an Adon player, ran with Yun as his counter to Tokido’s Akuma which proved its value as a hard fought battle saw him win the first match and reset the bracket.
Yet the charismatic Tokido adjusted to impose a convincing win in the last set to finally win Shadowloo Showdown after four years of visits to Australian shores.

1 Tokido JP
2 Gamerbee TW
3 Uryo JP

Footage
http://www.twitch.tv/shadowloohq/b/469818974

Timecodes
00 Starts with Gamerbee vs Uryo
18 min 20 Gamerbee resets bracket (crowd response in shot)
18:44 Final set begins
24:00 final match of set
26 min Tokido congratulated by crowd
33min Winners presentations (Tokido with Sword)

Earlier: Luffy defeating top Japanese player Mago, then elimination by Uryo. http://www.twitch.tv/shadowloohq/b/469812033

Bonus: Cosplay competition 5:18 http://www.twitch.tv/shadowloohq/b/469737234


Esports Event Report: CGPL Winter Call of Duty Championships

For my second eSports report for Good Game, I had the opportunity to report on the live LAN finals for one of the CyberGamer Professional League seasons, this time for Call of Duty on PC.

CyberGamer are far and away the leader in online ladder and league sites in Australian gaming, so it was great that they had a LAN finals, and to have a chance to highlight one of their events.

The staff and particularly key organiser Richard Lawes were fantastic in helping provide information, background on players and the league (the Q&A answers for my backgrounding questions, below, came from Richard), not to mention excellent quality footage from their event.  Below is a version of the copy I wrote for the Good Game episode that aired on 10 September 2013.

You can view the segment here

Read on for my full notes and original copy

Event Notes

 

CGPL Winter Call of Duty Championships

First LAN/live gathering for the PC COD community in 6 months.

How many Cybergamer LAN events now?

8th lan event

Follow up event?

League of legends championship November 23

Organiser highlight?

Seeing new faces qualifying for the championships

Final and semi final scores

2-1 each

Prize support?

Total pool $7000

Live event $5500 – 1st $4000 2nd $1500

Lower divisions $1500 online finals

After fighting through a seven week online league with 40 teams competing, Australia’s Top 8 Call of Duty 4 PC teams qualified for the LAN final in the Cyber Gamer Professional League Winter COD Championships.  The community came together for an engaging event highlighted by many new faces competing.

A full weekend of gruelling Call of Duty, playing Search and Destroy in First to Fifteen, Best 2 of 3 bouts led to a climactic tussle between old rivals Frenetic Array and Team Exile5.

Each survived close semi final matches. Event favourites Frenetic array, have won two of last three national championships. They saw off semifinal challengers Coup de Gras to set their sights on Exile5, who had just staged a disciplined semifinal comeback from 15-10 down to defeat Avant Garde, a newer team pulled together from top players.

With the lion’s share of a $7,000 prize pool on the line, Frenetic Array, confident after defeating Exile5 in last year’s final, overcame Exile5’s defensive and strategic play with aggressive pushes relying on skilful individual shots to take down the Championship 2-1.

General Notes

Final

Exile5 against Frenetic Array

Long rivalry between the two teams

Exile 5 style?

Team Captain SpachalaExile 5:

Defensive style – aggressive at the right moments. Play defensive when at advantage. Discipline.

10-15 down in semi and came back round by round. Able to adapt at the right time and

Frenetic array style?

Team Captain Josh –

Aggressive, confident

Strong on individual skill and good tactical teamwork to make up for a lower emphasis on overall strategy

4 Perth 1 Melbourne

Proactive they were reactive managed to push ahead and stay ahead. Finding the opponent and making the kills by individually outplaying opponents

Good affirmation of the newly formed lineup within the team this year

LAN builds intensity and stay hungry playing online

Final score 2-1