Within the last 24 hours I have been contacted by a slew of people from all directions within the MLG/GB Gears of War community that really want to be involved with the process of getting Gears of War back on the Pro Circuit. Do not get me wrong when I say this, I am all for getting the game back on the circuit, however I would like to ask those players to sort of shift the focus from “getting Gears of War 3 back on the MLG Pro Circuit” to “getting involved with the Epic Games / Gears of War community as a whole.”
This idea goes far beyond the ONE thread that we plan to utilize as the “MLG Discussion” thread (more on that in a bit). What I am asking is to hone the energy and focus that I have seen for years on the Gamebattles forums, and divert some attention directly towards the Epic community. GET INVOLVED; it is as easy as bookmarking the Epic Forums and making an effort to post once a day or week. II am no different from most of the Pro Players that hardly posted on the Epic forums, but I have made a conscious effort to be involved (I’ve bookmarked the Epic Forums). Regardless of whether or not you have played Gamebattles, went to every MLG event or were a Pro Player on the Circuit everyone has one common factor that brings them together — Gears of War.
When open feedback for the Beta begins, I would hope that each and every player that reads this blog provides their feedback to Epic; not about what “needs” to be added to make the game better for MLG, rather and simply, to improve the overall experience of the game. I am going to spend my time looking over some of the other suggestions and feedback that non-MLG (casual) Gears of War players are submitting as things they would like to see implemented into the game. Whether I agree or disagree, I plan on providing my input on as many aspects of the game as I possibly can before the game releases. If I disagree, you better believe I will handle myself with the utmost respect towards that opinion which leads me to my next point.
MLG Discussion on Epic Forums
NOTE: Please read over this section multiple times if needed! Remember MLG gamers are the minority, not the other way around.
Everyone needs to have an open mind about the opinions of casual gamers with regards to Major League Gaming. The negative stigma surrounding MLG Pro players is quite daunting and I know it can be difficult to ignore some of the negative feedback we constantly hear. I am asking you all to rise above the negativity and do either of the two things Skyllus has done in the MLG-Epic Thread:
1. Do Not Respond, instead REPORT THE USER (The moderators are watching the thread like hawks)
2. If you respond, do so in a respectful manner (See Moderator reasoning)
i think mlg ruins games, halo would be a great game if it didnt have the whole MLG FOR LIFE BRO! mentality behind it. Mlg took gow2 of their list and it needs to stay that way, gow is a game that the fans enjoy playing nonstop over long weekends dont ruin it by bringing back the players who when your matched up with yell out: “you’s aint even good man we’re mlg man your bout to get wrecked.” then their actuallyy the ones to get scrapped.
I would like to say im sorry if you have been matched up with those players. I would also like to say that in games just like in life you are going to have those people who just want to ruin everyone’s fun. I get trash talked in ranked for pulling host. The game chooses who pulls host i don’t ask for it.
I hope that soon stops so we can have a respectful Gears community as whole.
There is literally nothing that can be done for someone that will not change their mind about their views towards MLG or people that are specifically “trolling” for negativity. I want to emphasize that the greater majority of the Gears community has two distinct views, one absurdly negative and one that is semi-supportive. Focus on making the MLG-Epic thread the most informative bit of information possible for people wondering about the true nature of MLG players. Share some information about your experiences on Gamebattles, how difficult it can be to find a team, and the successes you have all experienced. I wrote something like this:
Great post, I don’t mind letting you know a bit about myself. As far as MLG goes, I was voted by the Gears Pro Players to represent them as sort of a spokesperson during my tenure as a Pro Player. At that time, Tsquared represented Halo and I represented Gears of War. The last few years I have been a pretty strong advocate, stressing to the Pro Players, to envelop the same mindset shared by a select few, including the individuals on my team and with organizations like vVv. My competitive mindset and outlook on gaming spawned from this very community (Epic) and has since blossomed into what we’re sharing with the Epic community now (Gears of War Lessons Series).
As far as general background on competitive gaming goes, I’ve been involved with that aspect of gaming for the greater part of the last decade. I actually got into competitive gaming playing Unreal Tournament 99 (PC) and Unreal on the Dreamcast, so I am a long-time Epic Games supporter as I previously mentioned. I play quite a few competitive shooters and have participated in more tournaments (across multiple games) than most of the Pro Gears of War players.
Additionally, I’ve set up my website to serve as a cultural “change in perception” on many of the stereotypes often associated with gamers as a whole. I’ve worked with quite a few major gaming companies within the industry to help move along my ambitions with that goal — most recently (and notable) is with the gaming peripheral company Razer. I decided to include a video I made last summer to explain my “vision.”
Personal stuff — Used to play college football for the University of Cincinnati, studied Digital business, currently working at Edge of Reality Game Studio. I love Family Guy, macaroni and cheese, and long walks on the beach.
One liners aren’t acceptable and they really aren’t acceptable if you do not plan on posting again!
We only need a few integral things to make Gears of War “friendlier” for competitive gameplay; both of which I mentioned in this article. We received information from MLG stating that even the Spectator mode isn’t that necessary, instead less random elements to gameplay and point number one of the linked article, “Private Match Options.”
Interaction Builds Interest
Some of the players that looked at the numbers I pointed out for the Halo and Call of Duty Pro Players threw them for a loop. To say that Call of Duty is a more popular game than Gears of War is a very fair assessment (it’s on multiple consoles), but to say that Gears of War MLG Players should not have more interest from their respective community is a little out of the question. I do not know how Halo or Call of Duty players interact with their communities (they probably have limited interaction), however I think by getting involved in the community we’ll see more beneficial results. There were quite a few ideas thrown around and I am all ears as to the best approach we should collectively take, but I really believe that the only way to get people on board is to show them who you are! Stop trolling, hating that people don’t like MLG, and just be a member of the Gears community! We’ve managed to do so for seven consecutive weeks with our Gears of War Lessons and Epic’s Community has really returned the love.
The ideas floating around amongst some of the MLG/Competitive players will do wonders if we can maintain an interaction with the people that play the game. It will build an interest should those ideas manifest into something bigger! Get in touch with @Guy_Blaze who is leading that movement. I have been asked to submit a course of action to kind of get the ball rolling and will begin that sometime this week — I hope people provide their ideas as well.
Realize the Final Decision IS NOT OURS
Regardless of what happens with Gears of War on the Pro Circuit, everyone needs to realize that we are not the ones that will ultimately make the decision to include features, playlists, and all the other hoopla we’ve asked to receive. Epic ultimately decides what features are implemented into the game and we have to play with their decisions regardless. We can help them by submitting bugs and suggesting tweaks after and during the Gears of War 3 Beta.
Additionally, let @MLG_Sundance and others from the MLG staff handle the Pro Circuit side of things. I have made it no secret with my skeptism of whether or not the game can actually make it as a main title on the circuit, but I am hopeful that competitive players can rally together and collectively improve our standing among Epic’s Gears of War community. I feel like the benefit of improving that relationship far outweighs whether or not the game is added to the circuit. Our main focus should be improving aspects of the game and providing Epic’s staff with as much feedback as possible.
Lastly, I want to state that I have a deeply vested interest in many of the games produced by Epic. As you might have read, my competitive gaming roots started with UT99 so I have been involved with competitive shooters for a very long time. I have watched multiple competitive/casual communities rise and fall with the popularity of each upcoming title, each and every year. The biggest factor that keep games alive aren’t how “new” they are, instead the sole factor usually rests on the communities that play the games and the developers support for those games. There is no reason that we should be bickering with other Gears of War players (casual, recreational, competitive, or w/e) about MLG — they are the people that keep the game alive.
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