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SteelSeries Siberia V2 Review

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The SteelSeries Siberia V2 Full-Size Gaming Headset are some of the best headphone you can get if you’re a serious gamer. These headphones are very comfortable so you won’t get tired of them. They have wonderful noise reduction foam that lets u focus more on chatting with teams and not be distracted by outside noise. The sound quality is excellent for gaming or for listening to music. They come with a microphone that is flexible so u can adjust it to where u want it and is retractable so u can get it out of your way when you’re done with it. It has a volume controller on the cord to tune the sound manually.

Razer Kraken Pro Review

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The Razer Kraken PRO is an amazing headset that is very comfortable and has amazing sound. The sound is very impressive that is good for gamers or audiophiles who love the high bass that these headphones offer. The microphone is crisp and clear and doesn’t cut out and is retractable and flexible so u can adjust it however you would like it. The durability can get rough if you don’t take care of the headphones. The sound reduction can make people mad because you can’t hear them if you’re playing a game or listening to music.

Plantronic GameCom 780 Review

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The Plantronics GameCom 780 Surround Sound Stereo headset is very impressive. One of the best features is the sound is provided by a 40mm speaker that has immersive stereo sound with deep bass. The sound reduction is wonderful cause there is little to no leakage so sound so you partner or roommate won’t get mad at you for blasting you music. The noise cancelling microphone makes it so your team mates can hear you more clearly when giving commands.

Posted on Saturday, November 30, 2013

GameServers.com Officially Supports Battlefield 4 Tournament

We are extremely happy to announce that GameServers.com will be officially helping us with our Battlefield 4 tournament. We know that several teams may or may not have servers. In an effort to attract teams who may be lacking the financial support they need to purchase a server, but still with an interest in participating, GameServers.com has donated three Battlefield 4 servers to be played on by teams without servers.

The Battlefield 4 servers are hosted in Chicago, IL. Please submit a support ticket or make note in match comms once schedules are completed on November 7, 2013 if you need access to a server for your match. Please note that we will have the servers up to date with the official CGL server config that will be coming out soon as well. We will also provide teams with remote admin access in order to restart rounds as necessary.

Please do our community a favor by supporting the companies that are showing interest in supporting us. You can start by purchasing you servers from GameServers.com.

Posted on Friday, November 1, 2013

First Impressions of Battlefield 4


Unlike many of you, I never jumped into Battlefield 4 beta. I decided that I would wait and get the full experience and not form any opinions until the full game was released. At this point I have not played a lot of Battlefield 4, so these are merely my own personal reflections of the game after playing just a few maps and matches in conquest mode with a server with on average about 30 players. Below are some initial thoughts which may change as I get more experience with Battlefield 4 and experience other maps.

#1: Relatively Smooth Installation

It’s always frustrating getting a game and especially when you have not upgraded your computer in a while and the game simply performs poorly. My experience was actually a relatively positive one. I got a quick notice saying I needed to update some video drivers, but after I made that necessary change the game loaded right up and I was quickly thrown into a game. The game seemed to run smoothly for me without much of a problem.

#2: Battlefield 3 Play Style

I know that Call of Duty gets a bad wrap for repackaging their games. To be quite frank, if you disliked Battlefield 3, you would probably dislike Battlefield 4. I felt as though the infantry and vehicle combat was very similar in nature. I actually do not have too much of a problem with this, considering I enjoyed the play of Battlefield 3. I am still a Battlefield 1942 fan and I wish they would go back to a slower format, but if they intend on staying with the modern combat theme then I fully expected what I received. It was a faster pace than the some of their older games in the series.

#3: A Solid Release

EA is notorious for having issues upon release of the game. Although they have already released their first patch, I feel like they are making some of the necessary moves in order to bring BF4 back to eSports. In order for a game to be truly successful a spectator mode is needed. Also, you need to have a format that is actually possible to play on in a competitive format. I’m still not sure whether that is Conquest, Rush, Domination, or Defuse, but we can certainly see that they released some modes that gave us some options. They are going to be a player in eSports, I believe.

Please post your thoughts on Battlefield 4 in the comments!

Posted on Wednesday, October 30, 2013

We Want You to Contribute

Obviously, running a Battlefield 4 league, ladder, or tournament requires a lot of work and patience. My intentions during BF3 and now have slightly changed. The Championship Gaming League was all hand-coded by me on a WordPress platform. There are custom plugins developed to help manage the league and make sure everything runs smoothly. It was never an easy process. I say that not to receive credit, but rather to give some validation as to why I never really wanted to partner with others in order for it to gain even more popularity than what it already had. This is not to mention the fact that I felt like I could run and manage a league or tournament better than those that had already been working at it. That may sound arrogant, but really, I feel like we did a pretty good job especially in the second season as we were able to work out all the bugs and issues with the website.

I think now, the Championship Gaming League has potential to really become a large player in the BF4 competitive scene. I think now instead of focusing our attention on the basic necessities of running a league website, we can focus on content and build a closer following. This is going to require people though. People that are passionate about contributing in their own way. Right now, I am opening the doors to those that want to see the Battlefield 4 competitive scene grown and gain popularity in North America. If you are someone that has something to offer, whether that is some form of content, or whether that is helping promote and manage our league to be the best ran league available, we want you to be a part of it.

If you wish to be a part of the Championship Gaming League in some way, please do not hesitate to send me an email. Please keep in mind we are looking for committed individuals with the mindset of running the best leagues and tournaments possible.

Posted on Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Battlefield 4 eSports Game Mode of Choice

I am going to attempt to use the Gaming News portion of this website to spur some interesting conversations and general thoughts about the Battlefield series but also to give my own personal thoughts an initiate some conversations that the North American scene need to have in order to be successful. There are a few areas that I feel like the competitive Battlefield scene have been plagued by for years now and it is time to make some necessary changes in order for it to be successful. Please note that this does not particularly mean that we will be making these changes at the CGL without allowing the community to provide their own feedback.

So, What Game Mode will BF4 eSports feature?

Especially now more than ever, the game mode for the competitive scene has been split. During the Battlefield 1942 era 12v12 Conquest was considered the norm. In fact, there were numerous teams who were able to pull it off. 8v8 was considered the lesser quality teams at the time. That quickly changed as the series moved along. The 8v8 scene became much more dominate as the game allowed for much more serious play in an 8v8 environment with the way the maps were constructed. Finally, we get to Battlefield 3, where 4v4 Squad Rush was by far the most valued league we ran here at the Championship Gaming League. We had over 60 teams participating at one point if I remember correctly.

Defuse is also based on infantry combat, and lets you join a team of Attackers trying to plant a bomb, or a group of Defenders trying to prevent their opponents’ explosive ambitions. Skill is essential; if you die, you have to wait until the next round to respawn. This gives the gameplay a thrilling edge and makes Defuse ideal for high-level players. -Battlefield.com

I think what we will see with Battlefield 4 eSports, is something much different than what we have seen in the past. I think BF3 suffered some in terms of longevity because it never really had a long lasting viable competitive scene. What we really need from the community in general is something we can agree upon. One of two things could potentially happen and its easy to see at this point. A) A divided community or B) the community decides that they will go where the competition is regardless of number of players or format.

The first option is really a big possibility, especially with the removal of squad rush and addition of both domination and defuse. I think that was actually a good move from EA for BF4, but the community is really going to have to decide. Is Battlefield 4 going to make a transition to a more viable format like Defuse? Or, will we be stuck in older modes like Conquest that requires each team to have far more members, and likely end up with far less teams? Often times, from the outside, that is a direct correlation to the activity level of a competitive scene.

The second option is something that I hope will happen. I think there are so many older games out there and the PC gaming scene has not had a good FPS in quite sometime. I think everyone is looking for something else that will be a break out game. The addition of the Defuse mode could attract a lot of old school competitive gamers that want that simplicity format from the old Call of Duty or even Counter-Strike days. We are hoping that Battlefield 4 has done a good job of focusing on this. It can be a great addition for the competitive scene. It is clear that this is the goal for EA as well. They are clearly pointing out that they are attempting to attract a competitive scene. Unfortunately right now, that appears to be a scene only for EU. It seems we will be on our own in the North American scene for now until we can show EA we add value to that competitive environment.

Posted on Monday, October 28, 2013

Diablo 3 Reported To Be Beat in Just 7 Hours

Interestingly enough, there are reports that the highly anticipated Diablo 3 was beat in a matter of handful of hours. Seven to be exact. Both a Korean team made up of four players as well as a Chinese team posted screenshots of beating the infamous Diablo end-game character. While this would be a huge feat, it would also be a huge disappointment for the many gamers that spent so long waiting for this game.

For most sequels of popular games nowdays, you tend to wait maybe 3 years, and sometimes, like the Call of Duty series, less than a year. Diablo 3 had supposedly went into development shortly after Diablo 2 was released, which was roughly 12 years ago. A game that took that long to develop would surely have more gameplay time to offer than that.

The Korean and Chinese team, while not entirely confirmed, certainly have the community in an uproar over the issue. They may have used other tactics or the screenshots may not be accurate at all. But many people do believe that what we see in the screenshots from these teams, are real and that those taking their time through the game will likely have that view awaiting them at the end. Please note that both teams claim to have beaten the game in roughly seven hours.

Here are the screenshots (Spoiler Alert!): Korean Screenshot, Chinese Screenshot

Posted on Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Where to Find a Cheap SSD Hard Drive


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There has been a lot of discussion lately about SSD’s and where to find them. Right now, you are still going to pay about four times the price for an SSD versus your older standard 7200RPM Hard Drives. The benefits that gamers see with their solid state drives is pretty remarkable though. In a game like Battlefield 3 that does not have a built in recording feature, most of us are stuck using 3rd party software to record our content. The issue is that it is consistently writing to our hard drives which causes a delay in load times and sometimes can slow the computer down all together. This is where it comes into play that having an SSD, or at minimum, a separate hard drive to write to is really worth looking into.

The prices are continuing to lower. It wasn’t but just four or five months ago that solid state drives were selling for roughly $1.00 per gig. Crucial just recently opened their doors for a significantly lower priced SSD that you can still find the same great performance on! If you are looking to upgrade your hard drive or add another drive, now is the perfect time do it. You can do it for as little as $0.78 per gig.

Crucial, one of the most prolific and recognized brands within the computer hardware industry has just recently released the RealSSD C300 solid state drive. You are going to find exceptionally fast reading and writing speeds for your desktop! You are going to find unrecognizable performance enhancements with super low prices!

This drive supports the SATA 6Gb/s functionality, you will not only see faster load times, but also faster booting times on your desktop or laptop using this SSD. The amazing part about this SSD is that the m4 SSD has a read speed of 415MB/s, which is a 17% increase even over other SSD brands. Regardless of what you are using it for, the SSD is right for any situation you might need. It is a low-power consuming product that will work great for desktops, notebooks, workstations, or any lightweight construction needs. Shock and vibration will not impact the performance of this SSD.

Posted on Friday, May 4, 2012

Creating an eSports Organization (Part 1)

Seeing as though I really love business, and I also really do enjoy gaming, an eSports organization is really one of those things that I think appeals to many people. Especially people that have that entrepreneurial attitude. They look around, they really enjoy gaming, and see all of these other organizations doing really well. “Why can’t I do that?”, you might ask.

The truth is, you can! You don’t have to have an outrageous budget (although that would certainly help). The thing about most entrepreneurs is that they don’t have to be the best at everything they do, they just have to have a passion for something and recognition of what they are good at. I think Mark Cuban is a perfect example here. I love the show Shark Tank, and every time I watch it I can’t help but think, “These people aren’t the smartest, they were just passionate about something and with a little bit of luck mixed in with decent business sense, they were successful”. Mark Cuban regularly on the show talks to other entrepreneurs and tells them that while other people may think their idea is stupid, to keep going after what their passionate about.

Starting an eSports organization like I have heard so many people talk about doing is really no different. People are going to look at you like you are crazy. I’m sure those faces behind those screenames like coL.1, Torbull, SirScoots, and other names that you would associate with the most prominent gaming teams would definitely say that they have had some odd looks from people when they were telling them what they were doing. I am sure they would also tell you that it wasn’t always easy!

Lets take a step back look at what these names bring to the table, and I strongly believe they are all different from one another. Let me just say that I don’t know these guys personally, this an outside perspective looking in. I don’t think they would disagree though!

coL.1

I think one thing you can’t mistake with complexity gaming’s team is that the face behind the brand, coL.1, is a very passionate individual. I remember watching footage of him back in the day on the Championship Gaming Series screaming and hollering for his players. I have seen him do it in person at a few events around the Dallas area before. While I have never spoken to the man individually, I know a little bit about his history. The guy is a smart business man, but he is also a fairly wealthy individual. He has a law degree and back in the boom era of eSports he was using his monetary value to help sustain his passion for gaming and his eSports organization. He is and was considered one of the pioneers in professional gaming. What he brought the table was two fold, passion and money.

coL.1 was smart in that he didn’t try to build his website himself. His value was in his monetary value. People knew that he could financially support the team to LAN events, with or without sponsors aiding in it. That attracted the best talent to his team, and he used his money in ways that helped progress the team and brand for the long term.

Torbull

Craig Levine, also known as Torbull, is still a guy within the scene. He actually has founded and manages ESEA. He also drives a business that will help market businesses to the gaming industry. However, before he was doing all of this, Craig Levine was the face of Team 3D, probably to date the most recognized Counter-Strike organization in its history.

Torbull, from what I know of him, was always the more quiet and reserved type. He wasn’t like coL.1 in any fashion when I saw him at CPL 2004. Instead, he had more of the typical gamer look and feel to him. Rather reserved, quiet, not very outgoing, the nerdy type (no offense). But what he brings to the table is his technology experience. The guy obviously knows how to do advanced technology things. I’m sure he was the guy who built one of the more popular esports website out there at the time, Team 3D, and went on to build a brand over at ESEA and was a pioneer with the Championship Gaming Series. The guy knows how to build a brand, and it was more likely with his mind, not his money or outgoing antics.

SirScoots

SirScoots I came across not too long ago. I had heard of Evil Geniuses back in the day, but until Starcraft II really had taken off recently, I wasn’t too much aware of the name. Then, I came across several podcasts, such as “Inside the Game” and “Live on Three” over at OneMoreGame.tv. I not only found myself enthralled by what SirScoots had to say, but found myself following him on twitter and listening to everything he put out there on the internet. What I picture SirScoots bringing to the table that is different than both Torbull and coL.1 is his ability to really dive head first into social marketing.

Beyond anyone else out there right now, SirScoots pretty well dominates every other popular organization when it comes to social marketing. He even brought on a couple of guys on board that was like-minded to him. He brought on the highly controversial and also very outspoken players idra and iNcontroL. iNcontroL isn’t even that phenomenal of a Starcraft II player. He did place decently well in one of the MLG events last year, but most of the events he participated in he got throttled by the higher caliber opponents. With that said, SirScoots knew what he was doing. These players are outspoken, they are actively a part of the community, people listen to them (whether it is to talk trash to them or to legitimately hear what they have to say) and in the end this all brings attention to the overall brand, Evil Geniuses.

Evil Geniuses to date is considered by most to be the most prominant eSports organization. They have overtaken a lot of the big names that still exist out there, and for good reason. Sponsors realize that they bring views and attention, and with that comes the money needed to get to events. Evil Geniuses has such good backing from their sponsors, they even own a gaming house where Starcraft II players play year around under the same roof to improve their skills. This is no dinky house either! All this comes from the marketing and social media rockstar platform that Evil Geniuses has built up under the guidance of a very smart marketing minded SirScoots.

All in all, for part one, I want you to think about what you bring to the table. You don’t have to be like others, but be realistic. In what ways are you different? Is there a skill, talent, or some form of knowledge that you bring that sets you apart from others trying their luck in this industry? Is there something you can bring that will make you the best at whatever is that you do? Don’t stray from that, own it! Part 2 is coming soon!

Posted on Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Budget Gaming PC Build



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Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
This case is not the cheapest case on the market. We wanted to ensure that it had plenty of space and a classy style to it. The case is solid black with a very unique clean appearance to it. It should fit nicely and wouldn’t be something you would be embarrassed of. As well, it is a case you can take with you well into the future even through future upgrades.


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Antec BP550 Plus 550W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
This is a good power supply. It has several reviews of people who have found it to be not only a good price but also of good quality. You will be able to power all of your equipment efficiently and with enough power with this 550W power supply.


Purchase
ASUS 24X DVD Burner
A DVD Burner, so long as it plays and burns DVD’s is going to do most of the things you want it to do. This one has a black face to match the case. Also, you will find that it burns most types of DVD-R’s or DVD+R’s. This is one of the lower costing DVD Burning drives.


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ASUS Sabertooth 990FX AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
This motherboard is one that is going to last you for a while. I wanted to select one that was not the bare minimum of what you had to have in order to use the components listed in this build. Rather, it should last you through your next upgrade as well. I feel like this is important to save you money in the long run instead of having to build another new PC and all the components in a year or two.


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AMD FX-8120 Zambezi 3.1GHz Socket AM3+ 125W Eight-Core Desktop Processor FD8120FRGUBOX
Although many people are preferring the Intel i5 sandy bridge for gaming, it is a very expensive processor. With this Athlon Eight-Core processor you are going to get a lot of juice out of it and it should last you for quite a long time. You are gaining the extra core’s and you should not see a very noticeable difference. You are saving some money here.


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Samsung by Seagate Spinpoint F3 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5″ Internal Hard Drive
This hard drive is a little smaller than some of those available out there. It seems like latest computers are including 1TB or bigger hard drives these days. The issue here is that the case you are buying can support several more hard drives in the future if you need the additional space. This is a good “base drive” to store windows on and perhaps your most played games. It has the speed to boot up and load applications quickly.


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G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory
These memory sticks are some of the most highly recommended of all purchased at Newegg. They are considerably low priced, run well, and are larger DIMMS (4GB instead of 2GB) so it leaves you with extra room to upgrade if needed. This is considerably more RAM than most games recommend.


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SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6850 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card
Shopping for a low budget video card that will still give you the performance you need to play at the highest level? This video card is easily overclocked, but right out of the gate the benchmarks set with this video card should easily handle the latest games out. You can easily play Battlefield 3, Diablo 3, Tribes:Ascend, and other highly graphic intensive game with this video card. Still, if you want a few extra frames each second, overclocking this graphics card is a breeze and there are several guides available on how to do it.
Total: $820.92

Price Drop for Month of May: $13.00

We decided not to change anything for the month of April. The components are still up to date, and the prices are dropping. You will save an additional $13.00 for the month of May’s Budget Gaming PC Build.

It is well understood that that the price above may be a little bit too high. Below are some recommendations on this build if you wish to save money!

If you need a lower price than shown above:

The first area I would look at is the motherboard. I chose that motherboard for its ability to upgrade again in the future. It is a good motherboard and because of that you are paying for it too. I would start here because you can get a cheaper motherboard than the one listed. You could go with one that had lower capabilities and therefore you could probably pay $50-70 less than the one I have shown.

The second area I would look at is the RAM. Battlefield 3 among other games out there generally are recommending 4GB. I have 8GB listed there. You are not going to save a whole lot of money here, but you might be able to save something like $10. You might also shop around at Newegg because they have several specials running on RAM a lot of the time.

The third place I would look at is the processor. I think the processor I picked out is one of the better Athlon processors available. You could potentially look at their Quad Core, instead of the Eight Core, which would cut another $20.00 or so off of the top price. If you were to do these few things, you could probably get around the $700 mark total. If you go much lower than that you are going to really begin to see some performance issues with some of the latest games, but you could still build a computer that would be playable.

Posted on Friday, April 27, 2012

Diablo 3: Barbarian Changes

The Barbarian class is the class I played back in the Diablo 2 days. Forgive me, but I never played the original Diablo so I cannot comment there. However, I do remember my little pixelated Diablo 2 barbarian that could dual-wield and deal lots of damage back in 2000. So, I have been looking up some information on that class, in case there might be others who would potentially be interested in playing the class.

It would seem to me that Diablo 3′s Barbarian is going to adopt a similar feel to the Warrior class in World of Warcraft. Back in the Diablo 2 days, the Barbarian was a mana generated special power limited class where you could use “Shout” or perhaps a few other features to make the class more of a viable option in co-op play. However, the Barbarian in Diablo 3 is now becoming a rage class.

This means that instead of going into battle with full mana and using potions to quickly bring your mana back up to a full state, you will now be applying certain moves to gain rage. Supposedly there are attacks such as “Bash” and “Cleave” (reminding me of the Warrior and Rogue classes from World of Warcraft) to build up rage. Once you build up enough rage through the use of those basic attacks, you can then use that rage to do additional damage through more powerful attacks.

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