PINOY GAMERS GEAR UP FOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS


It’s an exciting time for local gamers as several big games are holding the finals of their respective tournaments to assemble the best team that will represent the Philippines in international competitions.

SPECIAL FORCE: Running the Gauntlet

After successfully holding the first tournament inside a movie cinema and introducing gamers to an entirely new way of watching FPS matches, Gameclub continues the fragfest with the Special Force Gauntlet 3 Tournament.
Over 120 teams from all over the country registered to participate in the tournament.  The initial eliminations were conducted online and were facilitated by SF Game Masters while the finals will be held on September 18, 2010 at the Villman Internet café, Cyberzone, SM Megamall.
The finalists include SF veterans Sixthsense, 7 Allied, Makerz, TC7Warriors, 1Hit, Pro FiveOne, Checkbox and 1Chix. Over P100,000 in cash and items are up for grabs at the event.
The top four teams from Gauntlet 3 will then face off with the champions from other SF events such as the Women’s League, SFWC 2009, Netopia Battle Royal and SF Clash of the Regions on September 25, 2010 at the SM Cyberzone, North Edsa.
The grand champions of SFWC – Philippines will then represent the country at the Special Force World Championship 2010 at Daegu, Korea on October 30 and 31 where they will square off with the world’s best virtual soldiers and battle it out for pride, glory, and the $10,000 bounty.
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RING OF CHAMPIONS: THE ROAD TO L.A.

On the RTS side of gaming, Garena is also holding a League of Legends tournament this September to determine Southeast Asia’s best League of Legends team. The winning team will proceed to the World Cyber Games Grand Finals 2010 in Los Angeles, California, where they will compete against the top League of Legends teams from USA, Europe and China.
The Ring of Champions is considered as one of the biggest gaming events held in Southeast Asia, with 40 gamers from Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Vietnam battling it out at the Singapore Expo for a chance to fly to the City of Angels.
To ensure their fans remain updated, all of the action will be broadcasted online in the form of a video miniseries at www.lol.garena.com/roc and will feature exclusive player profiles and interviews in addition to recaps of the games played.
“League of Legends is a top-quality title and Garena is very excited to be bringing it to gamers throughout Southeast Asia,” said Ulf Waschbusch, Chief Product Officer of Garena. “Ring of Champions is a fantastic opportunity for our gamers to be sent to Los Angeles and showcase their skills on the world stage. It is the first of many League of Legends events that gamers can look forward to in the near future.”
“Riot Games is extremely eager to see the outcome of the Ring of Champions tournament,” said Marc Merrill, co-founder and President of Riot Games. “Some of League of Legends’ best players hail from Southeast Asia and we know they are going to be well represented at the WCG Grand Finals.”
League of Legends is the debut title of Riot Games and was developed by the original creators of Defense of the Ancients (DotA)– one of the world’s most popular player-made mods. League Of Legends combines elements of the role-playing and strategy genres with addictive competitive action. For more information about League Of Legends, please visit www.leagueoflegends.com and lol.garena.com.
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TIME TO MOVE
The days of the Wii monopolizing motion control is about to come to an end. Sony’s Playstation Move is about to hit the shelves next week in all its “ice-cream tempting” glory. While not as drastically different as compared to the upcoming Kinect for the Xbox360, the Move still is several notches above the aging Wii controller. The Move uses gyroscopic motion sensors, and can employ head-tracking, voice recognition, and positional tracking of the controller. In other words, it will be more accurate, sensitive and hopefully engaging enough to keep you “moving.”
The main Move bundle, which includes a controller, a camera, and its flagship game “Sports Champions” will sell for around $100. If you want to get the most out of the system though, prepare to cough up another $50 for a second controller.
Given the success of Wii Sports, its no surprise that Sony also opted to go with a sports game for Move. Sports Champion is an excellent demonstration of the Move system’s sensitivity and features six games including bocce, table tennis, volleyball, archery, disc golf, and a gladiator-style duel.
Not too far away is Microsoft’s Kinect system. Microsoft has formally announced a Special Edition Kinect bundle due that will be out on November 4th. The package is a bit pricey at $400 and includes a 250 GB Xbox 360 Slim console (with built-in Wifi), the Kinect camera sensor and a copy of launch title Kinect Adventures. There is also a $300 package that substitutes the 250 GB with a 4GB version. If you already have an Xbox 360 all you have to do is purchase the Kinect as a stand-alone product for $150.  Do a few conversions and you’ll come up with an idea of how it’s going to cost when the Move and Kinect becomes available locally.
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DATABLITZ PICK OF THE WEEK

Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions (360)
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BATMAN: THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD (Wii)
Team up in the ultimate co‐op adventure and battle as Batman along with his powerful posse including Green Lantern, Robin, Hawkman and Blue Beetle, or call in the help of drop‐in heroes such as The Flash and Aquaman to squash enemies.
Using Batman’s legendary gadgets, take on the most notorious villains in the DC Universe in the fight for justice. Players will face‐off against evil in a variety of locations from crime-filled alleys, strange alien planets, mysterious laboratories and beyond. Fight crime, solve puzzles, experience interplanetary travel and more as you go behind the cowl of the Caped Crusader and discover what it’s like to be a superhero.

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