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****Warning! Long, detailed post. Here are the results from our eSports Survey (n=398). We will use these results to guide our strategy for 2012. The first two charts show that although most of the respondents own many gaming consoles, the two primary gaming platforms are the Xbox 360 and the PC (Chart 1 and Chart 2). Being the most accomplished console organization in the world, it is no surprise that the Xbox360 (41%) edges out the PC (36%) as the most used platform for gaming. Chart1 Chart2 When looking at the games actually played, we could see the console focus more as Call of Duty and Gears of War rose to the top of games played. On the PC side, it is important to note that League Of Legends was PLAYED more than Starcraft 2. Game Informer magazine visitors spend on average 18 hours playing video games. The majority of our community spends more than 24 hours a week playing video games, showing that as competitive gamers, we game more than the average. When we look at games being watched, we see that two very interesting trends: Starcraft is watched by nearly two-thirds of our community (60%), proving that more people WATCH SC2 than play SC2. Call of Duty is the most watched and the most played console game Three-fourths (77%) of our members watch at least 3 hours of streaming per week. On both the console and the PC platforms, many of our visitors and members purchased at least 15 games per year. When we asked respondents to tell us which games LACKED quality content, Call of Duty, Halo: Reach and Gears of War 3 all rose to the top. Although BF3 was in the mix, when we asked to narrow it down to ONE game that respondents most wanted to see quality content, it was Call of Duty (17%) and Gears of War 3 (15%) Overall, this indicates that console titles lack quality content. A majority of respondents said that they visit the vVv Gaming Website more than once per day, and over 82% visit our site at least once a week. As far as our website, there were little surprise when it came to the features that are most used, like our forums and shoutbox. The new website has increased the use of the home page, and we also see that the video feature is popular with over half of the respondents reporting they use this feature (52%). When we asked respondents to pick ONE feature, the forums came in a strong first, followed by the shoutbox and videos. There was little surprise on the features most used on our forum profiles with the "About Me" section coming out on top. Getting more sponsors and more ads (41%) edged out frequent donation drives (33%) as a primary way to increase revenue in 2012. 77% of our users are ages 18-29 and 94% are male. So, what does all this mean for 2012? I am happy to see that we are doing many things right. The one thing we need to do better is our investment in and content surrounding Call of Duty. Here is a preview of some of the things to expect in 2012: Sponsor a Call of Duty team Create content/media for Call of Duty Create content/media for Gears of War 3 Establish brand champions in all our divisions (SC2, LoL, CS, MMO, GoW , CoD, Halo, FIFA, Fighting) Add more partners Conduct two large donation drives Explore opportunities in Halo:Reach Explore opportunities in DotA 2 Explore opportunities in CS:GO Add Guild Wars Add Diablo 3 Continue Wednesday Night Starcraft, The Losers Bracket and Directional Influence Continue promote bloggers and create general gaming content Continue writing for Chicago Tribune Geek to Me Blog Continue League of Legends 1v1 tournaments I look forward to the hard work in 2012.
Name: Steven Keeny Age (minimum 16): 20 Gamertags (for all systems you own): XBL: iTz Me DiggY Do you have access to a computer and e-mail on a daily basis? Yes Sir What are your screen names (all that apply)? (AIM, MSN, Skype, Steam, Xfire) Skype: steven.keeny Steam: pure_technique Link to your Twitter page (twitter required): www.twitter.com/@StevenK_DiggY Link to your Google+ or Facebook page (at least one required): www.facebook.com/mediggY How frequently do you use Facebook, Twitter, Digg and/or Google+? On the daily How did you hear about vVv Gaming? Were you referred to the site? If so, by whom? I first heard of vVv Gaming after playing GB matches against them back in the days of GoW1. Who do you know currently in vVv Gaming? How do you know them? I am new to the community so I do not know anybody personally, but by being active on the forums and playing around on Gears 3 that will change. Why are you interested in joining vVv Gaming? After taking a break from competitive gaming due to joining the Unites States Navy. I want to come back to competitive gaming and become part of a solid gaming community. And since vVv gaming has been around since GoW1 and has only continued to grow upon itself shows me that the hard work and dedication put into the community when it was first established is still around and that quite frankly is something I want to be a part of and contribute to. Adding value is an important aspect of being in vVv Gaming. How will you, personally, add value? I will personally add value to vVv gaming by staying active in the forums and contributing/helping anybody in them, retweeting and sharing posts on twitter and facebook. Also by continuing to spread the name and reputation of vVv gaming on Xbox Live and by finally giving it my all to be the best Gears 3 player/teammate I can. Are you familiar with vVv's Geek to Me articles and Losers Bracket Podcast? If so, what are some of your favorites and why? No, not until I became part of the community. But after listening to Losers Bracket Rounds 88, 89 I really enjoyed what information they put out, especially the segment speaking on what four major things were holding E-Sports back. I really hope that E-Sports are able to overcome the hurdles and establish itself as a true sport. I would love to see more Gears or Starcraft on sporscenter. How long have you been playing video games? Since Power Rangers came out for the Sega Genesis (GOGO green ranger). How many hours per week do you devote to gaming? I spend between 50-60 hours on average. What’s the hardest game you’ve ever beaten? Condemned, game was way too scary to play at night, took me forever to beat it. What games coming out are you looking forward to play and why? Gears of War 3, I have been hooked on Gears every since the first time I played it in my friends basement. I mean there is just no other game like Gears, you just don’t beat the feeling of winning a 1v1 shotty battle to clutch a match, or to nail a crucial superman on the boom guy. What are your hobbies and interests outside of gaming? Outside of gaming I enjoy hanging out with friends, running, basketball, a good nap here or there, and of course spending time with my girl Where do you see yourself next year at this time? Continuing to become a better gears player, also being towards the top of the online competition. I would also have liked to start my college education. I would also like to make the rank of Petty Officer Third Class in the US Navy. What kind of competitive tournament experience do you have? I have played in a few online tournaments, most notably would be playing in the GB playoffs for four seasons. I have also been to a few local doubles and team tournaments. Have you attended any national events (MLG, WCG, CPL)? No I have not. How long have you been playing competitively? I have been playing competitively for 4 years. What was your best competitive moment? What was your worst? My best moment would definitely be when we beat team THC at 3 am on Fuel Depot to break into the top five on GB for the first time, woke my parents up due to screaming “Come ON!” over and over again at the top of my lungs : ). My worst moment is when my team was prepared to go to MLG Dallas when one of our teammates had a death in the family and we lost the local sponsorship(his family owned it) and were not able to attend our first MLG LAN event : (. What do you hope to achieve, competitively? I want to become part of a dedicated team and community and help them achieve the goal of the number one online spot, and to just enjoy the team atmosphere while letting the W’s stack up. What was your toughest competition? My toughest competition would have to be myself, because you are the only thing that can ever hold yourself back, but by being dedicated to gaming or anything for that fact you become better by pushing yourself to levels you never thought were attainable. How do you see vVv Gaming adding value to you? vVv gaming will add value to me by continuing to push my dedication to becoming a better gears of war player and helping me and my team become successful through driving us to work harder than everybody else so we can earn the right to hold our head high above our victories. And on top of that by helping me add new friends to my life through the vVv community and whoever else I may run into on the way in my online experience.
One of the most important parts of games involving any sort of combat is weapon balancing. Gamers who frequent the online realms of their favorite games are usually very in-tune with the balancing between every weapon at their disposal, as are those who play fighting games and understand the balancing between each character in the roster. For gaming, weapon balance is key to making the community happy; no one is going to play a game in which someone can gain access to a shotgun that has a reload time of .3 seconds, a fire rate of an assault rifle, and damage output of a catapult using whales as projectiles. Every weapon must have pros and cons, and this applies to both campaign modes and multiplayer, as when there is less of a balance, the game itself suffers as a whole. For campaigns, weapon balancing is essentially for keeping a game challenging and, at the same time, worthwhile to play. In an obvious example, it makes no logical sense to give the player access to a weapon early in the game that allows them to kill every enemy they see with no effort. There has to be a scaling factor