Recently, I came across an article that mentioned that the iconic first person shooter Halo 5 made its debut at the Aspen X Games this weekend. Top players from all over the world came to Aspen to take part in the Halo World Championship Tour which offers more than $2 million in prize money (!!!).
Many long time veteran Halo players, as well as some new faces, made their way to Colorado to compete in the tournament and compete in a series of iconic game types for gold medal (Slayer, Capture the Flag, King of the Hill). It’s crazy to think that video games are now taking part in extreme sports competitions, but it’s only going to grow from here.
Over the years, competitive video gaming has become a sport in its own and the people who are playing these games take what they do incredibly seriously. When the Halo team Evil Geniuses’ Justin “Roy” Brown was asked what his expectations coming to the X Games were, he responded by saying “I feel very confident in my team’s ability to win at X Games. We will be the most experienced roster in terms of the amount of tournaments we have all competed in, so I feel we will all be very comfortable on this stage.” For many of these players, it’s not their first time competing, but it definitely is a first time for all of them competing at an event such as the X Games.
The events will be broadcasted live on ESPN, bringing the audience that watches the X Games into the inescapable realm of Esports, and face-to-face with the reality that video games are more than just a “waste of time”.
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Hey everyone, my name is Anthony Korkhin and I am currently a Computer Information Technology major at Metropolitan State University. I have been playing video games ever since the age of 6 from the time I was introduced to a Nintendo 64 and began playing Mario Kart and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. Although I’ve been playing all sorts of games throughout my life, there is one series that has had a huge role on my life, and that series would be Halo, specifically Halo 2. I have played Halo 2 for a long time and still continue to do so to this day thanks to the recently released Halo: The Master Chief Collection which features every Halo game all the way from 2001’s Halo: Combat Evolved to 2012’s Halo 4 (you already know which one I play the most).
I am taking the Video Game Culture class this semester because I have always had a big interest in video games and would love to know more about the way they impact(ed) society throughout the years and for years to come. I’ve also never taken a class having anything to do with video games so how could I possibly say no to that?
In terms of video game communities, I have been a part of many Halo related online forums where I have met many good friends, many of which I’m still in contact with to this day and occasionally play with (when I’ve got the time). I have also been to many local LAN Halo 2 tournaments throughout the years and have many great memories of playing one of the best video game franchises to ever exist on console. Oh the nostalgia…
As far as how I see video games influencing our culture, I believe that they will only continue to grow in both numbers and popularity among all age groups. Video games today are no longer for kids and teenagers to fry their brains with, but rather an escape from reality for many people to delve into a different world where it’s only you and your own personal world of enjoyment. There are video games for everyone and they come in all types of categories, and I believe that there is no stopping the strong influence they’ve had on the world and will continue to do so.