I don’t know how I really feel about the spectacle of the worlds first race. Sure I was hoping Limit would pull out the win, it was looking like they might just do that, and a part of me wonders if there wasn’t some back room dealings that occurred to ensure Method won. That is pure speculation on my part, and not based on any knowledge or information. I can honestly say I did not watch any of the race to be the first in the world to down a raid boss on Mythic level, it isn’t something that really interests me when I cannot find the drive or motivation to even step back into the raid. These are players that play the game not only at a different level than the rest of the world, these are professionals, with corporate sponsors that are paid to play the game. In comparison it is like seeing the New England Patriots compete against a bunch of High School football teams, or say the United States or Canadian Olympic Hockey teams playing against a Jamaican team. Certainly there is a slim chance that the underdog will beat the powerhouse team, but honestly I really don’t think any team will. I read through a bunch of their feed, and actually laughed at some of the things I saw. In long marathon sessions our players reduce the chance of injury because they are using the Brand X wrist rest, have you seen the new Method official team jerseys? You can order one now. They have all of the latest and best performing computer equipment, the location they played from looked like a battle bunker. I would not be surprised if in the future you don’t see mini advertisements like, this hour of competition brought to you by Red Bull. Red Bull, when you need that extra boost in your performance at the critical phase of a fight. No, to me the true players are those that log into the game on a potato computer on a dial up connection or satellite, that communicate with others through the in game chat, or some other means, with friends that are located all across the country with high latency, that maybe get a boss or two down in Heroic difficulty. Absolutely the guys in Method, and Limit, and the dozen or so other guilds that were fighting to be number one are some of the best players in the world, but to my mind, they are also paid professionals, and it is their job.
I am not trying to diminish the enthusiasm of those that enjoy watching these competitions, I am sure they are as exciting as watching a Football game, Baseball game, Soccer match, even your local high school team playing for a championship. For me, it is not something I care to watch. Guess it is just the old man in me speaking out about the kids playing the videa games as a career.