Before I get into today's rant, i want to make clear that as a commentator, i have a lot of respect for djWHEAT. If you've read my blogs about commentators in the past, you'll know that's high praise indeed. However, as a self-professed knight in shining armor here to save esports, presumably via talking a lot, he is sorely lacking.
Esports history became, if not a hot topic this weekend, then at least a lukewarm one. An excellent, if narrow in perspective, thread popped up on TL, giving a brief rundown of some of the salient points in the story of our fledgling sport. One comment particularly piqued my interest:
On August 01 2011 18:27 djWHEAT wrote:
This is great. I would love to work with the OP to add some awesome detail to this.
It's a great start but even as I read it I realise so much is missing (not necessarily absolute have to have facts, but interesting things fans would lobe to know!!)
Now, lets be clear: djWHEAT has been around for an awfully long time. I don't doubt the fact that he could contribute useful insight to this kind of thread. But the question is, where to begin? Maybe he could contribute some of his righteous fury about the CGS. You know, the league he worked for and was handsomely paid by? CGS is a very important lesson, and who better to tell us about it than one of its most important broadcasters? He could tell us how awful it was getting paid tidy sums to talk about computer games.
Of course, the most important thing about history is to learn the lessons from it for the future. Again, djWHEAT's esports crusade comes to the fore:
Throwing money at something does not yield guarantee success. This Valve DotA2 thing is marketing. Don't call it anything else.
Fellow historians and oldskoolers will remember some league or other a few years ago that tried to throw money at games to guarantee success. In fact, those games were far less popular than DoTA. What was it called? Oh, yes... CGS. And who was their main commentator? It couldn't be djWHEAT could it? It could! Who better to lead us into the battle against throwing money at a problem than the public face of the biggest waste of money in esports history?
Now, lets just hire Fatal1ty to tirade against over-exposure and we're set.