OP7 ushers new breed of cyber-athletes


They came, they saw and they fragged their way to 200 grand.
Fairview Gaming bested more than 1,000 players from all over the Philippines and was named as the Grand Champions of the first OP7 National Tournament. The OP7 Championships was one of the main highlights during Road to Domination (R2D4), the year-ender event of e-Games and X-Play held in SMX Convention Center in Pasay City, and as we reported last week more than 10,000 gamers trooped to the venue to participate.
As one of the most anticipated events during R2D4 a couple of weeks ago, OP7 National Championships opened the doors for a new breed of gamers and would likely change the way people look at multiplayer online first person shooters.

“The P200,000 winner-take-all grand prize of the OP7 National Tournament held during R2D4 brought out the best of this generation’s Cyber Athletes, as this is the biggest cash prize ever to be given in a Philippine online FPS tournament,” says George Royeca, chief operating officer of X-Play Online Games Inc.
OP7 Product Manager Sonny Carlos says, “There is nothing more important than reflexes and the capacity to work under pressure. With that much money on the line, some gamers play like their lives actually are a stake.”

The OP7 National Championship gathered the very best First Person Shooter (FPS) players from all around the country. The tournament consisted of three death match battles where winners were determined by either being the first to gain 50 kills or achieve the most kills within a time limit. These short series of matches were devised to eliminate the least skilled, noncooperative teams quickly. The Wildcard Slot brought 20 teams vying for the open spot in the final four.

The final four slots were filled by the following teams: Luzon: Fairview Gaming; Visayas: Team Bisdak; Mindanao: Team Carnage; and Wildcard Slot: FG-HOA—each team bringing their own special ingredients to the brew.

However, the final two teams had a particularly special composition. Team FG-HOA consisted of the most seasoned players who had not only won previous battles but have also trained with some of the players from the opposition namely Fairview Gaming. The match played out with safe strategy and tactic, using defense once the kills were high so the timer would call the win. The third round however brought a long six-minute standoff. Fairview Gaming team member “Pandemic” took the first shot into enemy territory, eventually disposing all four team characters from FG-HOA, before he was taken down.
At the end of the tournament it was Fairview Gaming that emerged victorious and would forever be remembered as the first ever OP7 champs.

Fairview Gaming is composed of Wren Cris Canizeres (a.k.a. WakWakYou), Oscar Rogel Jr. (a.k.a. Pandemic), Alvin Rillera (a.k.a. SgtWapak), and Melvin Basuel (a.k.a. L4nce) and shared how they all were all hyped up to beat the other contenders, and that they spent numerous hours practicing and analyzing their tactics. These hours rack to about four to six a day at least five days a week.
Team captain Melvin Basuel (L4nce) said their opponents had the advantage as they had seasoned players who had been competing for the World Cyber Games (WCG) since 2001, an international e-sports event, which unites gamers from all over the world.

“But we had the better strategy. All that years of practice, and all our efforts finally bore fruit,” Basuel adds. He also revealed that the members would be giving most of the winning to their parents. For most of them, it took some time to wear their parents down to allowing them to practice.
Now he tells us, “Now they ask for some of the winnings.”

Interestingly, their tactics are used by soldiers in real life battle. With the advent of games such as OP7, real war tactics can be played out and real skills are honed.

Royeca says, “The OP7 National Tournament is paving the way for online gamers to be recognized as Professional Cyber Athletes.”

The games unveiled at R2D4 and the existing games in the line up look to be indicative of a bright future for those who understand what opportunities online gaming presents. X-Play will definitely seek to give gamers the best gaming experience and online tournaments to bring cyber athleticism to the mainstream.
Royeca believes that, “Online tournaments are becoming popular digital spectator sports. With these mass-appeal online games, X-Play is creating a whole new way of playing and watching online games. We’re crossing over from online to TV and we will come out with new initiatives to truly bring these two mediums together in an unprecedented way. And it’s all happening in 2010—the beginning of the age of the Cyber Athlete,” he said.

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One of the most talked about news this past few weeks was Tiger Woods’ domestic issue. Woods had been a familiar face in the video games world it was not quite surprising that several web games have exploited the so-called Tigergate scandal.

First there’s Tiger Woods Wife Outrun. Here you take control of Tiger as he tries to escape from a pursuing, golf-club-wielding Elin Nordegren. Hit enough of the fire hydrants, trophies, potholes, and trees scattered in the road, and she’ll catch you and give you what you deserve. And then there’s Tiger Parking Slam. You’re driving, again, but this time all you have to do is park an SUV in a series of driveways without hitting any obstacles. Sound easy? That’s probably what Tiger thought too.
The Tiger Woods games are the latest among web games capitalizing the popularity of current events. You’ve probably heard or played Swinefighter during the ‘flu epidemic back in April, the adventures of Balloon Boy, and also Iraqi journalist Muntadar al-Zaidi’s shoe-throwing game as well.

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With Christmas just a couple of weeks away here’s one gift any significant gamer would die for—a 24-karat gold-plated Playstation 3.

The gold PS3 slim comes complete with two matching controllers and a one-year warranty and a price tag that matches its impressive looks—pricing starts at $4,999 (or more than P200,000). According to website Computer-choppers.com a jeweled limited edition model with a lifetime warranty will be available in the coming weeks. Build time for a custom plated console is only 10 to 12 days, paying for it, however, may take several years.

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