Monday, 11 July 2011

Esports Entertainment (TM)

I finally finished a column for ESFI World that should be going online within the next 24 hours.  Finally!  Writer's block is a bitch.  But being one of the few writers in esports who has actually studied journalism (toot, toot!), i like to keep my columns to a word limit.  That means there are things i have to trim, or just cut entirely, which was part of the reason i made this blog in the first place.  With that in mind, today we're going to talk about tits.

When i was ten or 11, i watched WWF, as it was still called, because i enjoyed it and because i didn't know any better.  By the time i was 13, i watched it because of Trish Stratus and Torrie Wilson and, especially, because of Chocolate Pudding matches and Gravy Bowl matches.  Now that i'm almost 26, i obviously don't watch it at all, but this weekend i did watch NASL.

It would be hypocritical of me to criticise NASL for using attractive women as interviewers.  I'm a guy, i like to look at attractive women, and yes, InControl's girlfriend is hot.  But the fact that Anna and her friend were the most useless interviewers i've ever seen (and i've seen a lot of terrible interviews) made the whole spectacle very unedifying.  At least that Korean woman from GSL appears to have a clue (not that I speak Korean, so i could be wrong).  I can't decide whether it's better or worse than just having half-dressed women standing around á la CGS.  On the one hand, at least Anna and Co. were contributing something, rather than being pure eye candy.  But on the other, someone with experience or a modicum of talent could have done the same thing with bimbos still fulfilling their main task.

Just to be clear, though.  I'm not implying that esports is going the way of WWF: a faux-sport for kids and mentally-backwards adults.  But the fact that NASL felt the need to bring along some T 'n' A is pretty worrying.  It gives me the impression that they lack confidence in their product - for want of a better term.  As if people wouldn't want to just watch some awesome SC2 action.  Or, worse still, maybe they roped-in InControl's girlfriend and her friend because they worked for free and NASL's supposed financial problems are worse than expected.  Either way, it was pretty cringe-worthy to watch Mrs. Excellent this weekend.  Cringe-worthy and slightly arousing.

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