Feb 16 2017 - 10:41 pm

Food for Thought: Censorship in Halo

There needs to be a strong balance of honesty and professionalism within Halo and that should be the main idea that comes into mind if 343 and ESL plan to follow the footsteps of larger games in the sense of censorship.
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Censorship within the professional sector of esports is rapidly establishing itself among multiple competitive platforms. In this sense, censorship is forcing individuals to limit the topics they discuss on public platforms to limit the negative feedback that may be given back to these individuals and potentially the organization. Censorship can be perceived as an easy way to avoid problematic issues that don't benefit anyone. Some of the more established scenes have taken censorship to new heights by punishing players for even some of the most minuscule acts such as small disrespectful remarks. Any offensive act that can offend someone that goes beyond the game itself is taken very seriously by developers and event coordinators, but how will the censorship actions of some of the top esports affect the censorship we have in Halo? Will we follow the paths of some of the great leaders, or will Halo take a new approach?

There is no denying that 343 has implemented several aspects into our competitive scene that were not originally conjured by the developers themselves. With so many of the top esports proving that there are several great routes we can try to implement into our competitive community, it would be a bit silly to take a chance and create a completely original platform without trying some of the past methods that have proven successful. I don’t perceive 343 as a copycat that rips off ideas from other developers, but they have implemented unoriginal ideas into their platform that I am completely fine with, as long as it continues to work well. As we look to climb through the great ranks in esports to reach the heights of the best titles, censorship will inevitably become a major challenge our community will face.

I feel that the current censorship rules are relatively soft compared to other titles as players appear to be allowed to bash the developer, event coordinators and other important brands. In most scenes this is not tolerated very well and some leagues have even punished their players for negative remarks towards the game and leagues, such as Call of Duty professional Ian “Crimsix” Porter for his negative remarks towards the CoD World League system. As I said earlier, these brands view negative remarks such as this as unproductive statements that usually lead to no positive outcome.

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If 343 were to take the route of silencing the negative opinions of the pro players, I wonder how that would initially impact the community. I know from firsthand experience that these pros are not afraid to let you know how they feel. Sometimes acting like they have no brand to represent, some will unload all their emotions at you and won't even think twice about it. I believe this is ironically caused by the great level of respect the community displays for these pros. While most view it as a great responsibility that comes with the position, others seem to view it as an opportunity to give their opinions without getting much backlash because so many of us are under the belief that “if a pro says it, it has to be true.” A censorship system that limits what comes out of the mouths of some individuals may do some good in the sense that many may finally understand the impact behind their words. But, will the potentially great backlash be worth it? Silencing a community that appears to feel obligated to speak on their game however they feel may cause even more negative attention to come towards 343 and ESL. The pros may hush, up as they don’t want to jeopardize their dream job, but the ones who aren't affected by the censorship will not be afraid to speak their mind. Disapproval of 343 and ESL could be at an all time high.

Many perceive me to be the loud-mouth journalist who never tends to care much about how people perceive my opinions. In Journalism specifically, this is who I am, but outside of that, even someone like me is obligated to censor some of the comments I want to make. Any confrontational remark I make that goes outside of the game itself tends to put me in hot water and in the grand scheme of things, I am minuscule in this scene. If someone like me is obligated to limit the things I say and how I say them, it would make sense that someone such as a solidified professional player would share the same obligation and possibly to an even higher extent considering their status. Despite how some may feel about censorship, I am personally all for it, depending on how it is executed. The reality is that there are a lot of individuals, including myself, who have a tendency to talk a more than we should. I believe that 343 and ESL should look into censorship and punish players who make remarks that are tremendously disastrous for the brands connected to them. However, I don't want to see our community become a place where constructive criticism vanished, or where you can no longer trust the honesty of those who stand as ambassadors to this community. There needs to be a strong balance of honesty and professionalism within this community and that should be the main idea that comes into mind if 343 and ESL plan to follow the footsteps of larger games in the sense of censorship.

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What do you think about an increase of censorship entering Halo? Let me know in the comments section below.

Zachery Chevere can be contacted on Twitter @EsportsZach and emailed at zachchevere@gmail.com

Feb 18 2017 - 1:00 am

eXcellence Gaming returns to Halo

News broke out today that eXcellence Gaming will make its return to Halo with a new roster for HCS Las Vegas.
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eXcellence Gaming will make its return to Halo with a new roster for HCS Las Vegas, the organization announced today.

This news comes as a great surprise, as the hype around HCS Las Vegas rapidly grows. With such a talented roster representing this organization, many fans are confident that eXcellence will do well at HCS Las Vegas.

eXcellence Gaming's new Halo roster is as follows:

Coby has been under a bit of a hiatus after Halo 2: Anniversary, making no significant push to enter the Pro League. Exemplify, JR2 and SickStory, on the other hand, have been competing in the Esports Minor League, better known as "ESML," with JR2 competing under teams Red Velvets and Real Fear, while SickStory and Exemplify competed with Abusement Park.


What do you think about eXcellence’s new Halo roster?

Zachery Chevere can be contacted on Twitter @EsportZach and emailed at zachchevere@gmail.com

Today - 6:28 am

HWC Mexico City Preview

Latin America, a region that has received a minuscule amount of support compared to the more popular NA and EU regions, will finally get the much-needed support on the behalf of GFINITY and 343 Industries.
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Latin America, a region that received a minuscule amount of support compared to the more popular NA and EU regions will finally get the much needed support on the behalf of GFINITY and 343 Industries. Mexico City will have an open Halo 5 event, uniting players among multiple sections of Latin America to help solidify the region and prove that their passion for the game and thirst for competition is worth the support of the developer. Here is a breakdown of the entire event.

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Location

The event will be at Expo Reform.

Player / Spectator Details

To all players and spectators attending, you will be provided with a multitude of gifts, including REQ Packs. Players ages 16 and above are welcome to compete, however those under 18 require parental consent.

FFA Tournament

On Friday, Feb. 24th, there will be an FFA Tournament in which both the players and spectators are welcome to compete. It will feature a $1,500 prize pool, which should be enough to convince any player to attempt to earn that cash. It should be noted that this FFA tournament will not be streamed, as the stream will only begin on the 25th so only those on the floor will be able to spectate this tournament.

Stream

As I said above, the stream will begin on Saturday. This event will be streamed on two platforms, with one being https://www.twitch.tv/halo and the other being https://beam.pro/xbox. Below is a more detailed list of the streaming schedule.

Saturday: Stream starts at 11:15 am EST or 10:15 AM CST and the stream ends at 9:45 pm EST or 8:45 pm CST

Sunday: Stream starts at 11:15 am EST or 10:15 AM CST and the stream ends at 8:15 pm EST or 7:15 pm CST

Prize Pool

The prize pool for this event totals at a whopping $20,000, which is great for the region. Below is a breakdown for how this pot will be distributed.

1st – $8,000

2nd – $5,000

3rd – $3,000

4th – $2,000

5th – $1,000

6th – $1,000

For more details on the event, click here.


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Zachery Chevere can be contacted on Twitter @EsportsZach and emailed at zachchevere@gmail.com