Gaming Utopia Tournaments

We have a few tournaments confirmed now at Gaming Utopia. These make for a perfect video game event!

 

Jump into the driver’s seat to test your Rainbow Road skills against others at our Mario Kart 8 Tournament. 

Jump into the driver’s seat to test your Rainbow Road skills against others at our Mario Kart 8 Tournament. 

Heads up Tekken fans! Challenge your opponents to an iron fist fight at our Tekken 7 Tournament or simply have fun with some local players at WeGeek’s Gaming Utopia.

Heads up Tekken fans! Challenge your opponents to an iron fist fight at our Tekken 7 Tournament or simply have fun with some local players at WeGeek’s Gaming Utopia.

Congratulations South Korea on winning the 2017 Overwatch World Cup. For those who can’t wait for the next competition, we’ve got you covered. Join us at the Overwatch Tournament at WeGeek's Gaming Utopia and sign up for a chance to win some exciting prizes goo.gl/CFpbxs

Congratulations South Korea on winning the 2017 Overwatch World Cup. For those who can’t wait for the next competition, we’ve got you covered. Join us at the Overwatch Tournament at WeGeek's Gaming Utopia and sign up for a chance to win some exciting prizes goo.gl/CFpbxs

The problem with lore

by Lewis Dowling

The other day at Blizzcon, Blizzard announced yet another expansion to World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth. They revealed a new Overwatch hero: Moira. They brought new heroes into Heroes of the Storm.

Excellent. But at the same time, I’m a relatively new Blizzard fan. And something has been annoying me. There’s just too much lore for me to learn.

Now don’t get me wrong, it’s not the amount of lore that’s the problem. I love lore. When I play games like Mass Effect or Skyrim, I’ll stop and read every entry or book and read up on the background. I love when a new short video comes out for my favourite game. I’ll happily read the Team Fortress 2 comics on the tube to work.

But it’s all so scattered.

Where’s the story?

World of Warcraft is the best example of this problem in gaming. I’m a relatively new player, I’ve worked my way through for the last six months, leveling and delving into dungeons. But if you asked me, I couldn’t tell you anything about the characters or the story. I’m ploughing through, killing Murlocs, with no real idea about why I’m doing any of these things. The names and characters all blur into one, and I barely recognise any of the key figures.

Mainly, this is because I’ve often levelled beyond a specific area before finishing a quest. I was loving a particular quest line, where I was under water and trying to save the crewmates on my ship. Yet, I got halfway through and suddenly I’m an uber-god killing bosses in one hit. It was time to move on, it seemed. Another storyline ditched.

But the problem is also because the story isn’t all within the actual game. There are books detailing the background or videos on their YouTube channel, which I’m just unaware of. I just have no idea where to start.

And when I get to the end of a specific expansion, I’m not really seeing the end-game content for that pack. I’m skipping straight on, diving into the next part of the story. A period that’s meant to last me months, I’m through in mere minutes.

Some people have tried to help

There was a brilliant project recently. It was called WoW Lore: TLDR. It was a fan project to distill all the story into a really easy-to-follow website. It covered the main points, and you could drill down into each section.

Sadly, it’s not up to date. And it doesn’t link to everything I’d need to read. But it’s a great effort.

The thing is, why hadn’t Blizzard done it? Why was it left to the fans? Why, if I want to make sure I didn’t miss anything in Fallout, do I have to head to a random wiki to see what’s going on?

Embed your content in the actual game

When I open up Overwatch, I don’t see why there isn’t a menu option for me to read the comics. Why hide them away on the website? I can’t watch the videos about each character. Unless I seek the story outside of the game, I don’t know anything about it. This seems ridiculous to me.

But surely it’s an easy thing to add? Don’t just make the game the place where I go to fight, make it the hub of all your content.

Imagine you logged into World of Warcraft, Deus Ex, or Bioshock and you weren’t just greeted by a button saying: ‘Play’. You got a link to all the story. The comics. The cinematics you probably missed. A recap of the past expansions.

And, more importantly, the Amazon link to the books. I’d gladly buy the ebooks to all the World of Warcraft books, if I had any idea where to find them or what order I should read them in. I’d gladly listen to the audio dramas as I’m doing my daily quests.

And I’d stop feeling like such a newbie.

This could be a new business model

Games these days are struggling to make money in the traditional way. It’s all about loot boxes, downloadable content, or buying packs of cards. That’s fine.

Keep the free stuff. But if there’s a book I can buy on Amazon, publishers could link to that and take a cut of the profits.

You can keep the cosmetic loot boxes. I’m fine with that. But it gets around this problem of pay-to-win, where it feels like it’s not about my skill as a gamer, but how rich I am. Not only does it help regular players find the bits they’ve missed, but it helps draw in new players - who may be intimidated or lost.

There’s a problem with lore, these days.

But it’s not an unfixable one.

The Beauty of Trash Talk

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3-min read.

by Noor Alkhadra 

Trash Talk is defined as:

“Ruthlessly ripping someone for their gaming skills. Designed to wash away abusive language that should not be confused with, or taken as personal attacks, but merely in the interest of friendly hate.”

It’s what I grew up on.

Looking back at my childhood in Saudi Arabia the best memories I had consisted of gaming with my cousins and family members. I longed for the moments with everyone participating and the house echoing with endless laughter, and of course, Trash Talk.

As a grown 25 year old adult I still long for those moments. Was it because games back in the day were so good and irreplaceable? I doubt that (although nothing will ever beat Final Fantasy Tactics…Nothing!). There must have been a deeper meaning to the infinite smiles and giggles that came about as a result from Trash Talk.

When I moved to the US to pursue my passion in game design I would host game nights at my house all the time. We would play games like Tekken and Mortal Kombat with us Trash Talking all night. When I worked tireless hours on my 3D models in the game design lab, my ultimate break and energy booster, was to ask everyone to participate in a Tekken tournament, and most importantly, I made sure to light the fire of Trash Talk.

I liked Trash Talk so much that I actually had to question myself and ask why the hell does this rude and mocking form of conversation make me so happy?

In a world where we are expected to always show fake politeness to one another; I believe Trash Talk cracks that illusion; it breaks societal norms. Nonetheless, Trash Talk isn’t for everyone, it requires the participants to understand that this mockery isn’t a personal attack in order for it to be an enjoyable experience. Nevertheless, it’s is clear why Trash Talk is perfect in the setting of playing games. I found that this ‘friendly hate’ breakage in our social norms results in a stronger and more authentic bond between people.

I came to the conclusion that it wasn’t actually the Trash Talk that brought happiness upon my soul, it was the atmosphere that arose as a result of this Trash Talking. I realised that what I was really longing for, was a community.

I was and still am, determined to spread this unique social phenomenon with others: this was the stimulus for starting WeGeek.

WeGeek is a community where everyone can be themselves and bond through the medium of playing games. Why does being in a community where everyone can be themselves matter? Because it makes you happy, simple.

 

From WeGeek October 2017, Rocket League Tournament at WeWork London

Happiness is a concept people, scientists, and philosophers have been trying to grasp and achieve for decades. I think it’s important to reflect on the moments that really do make you happy instead of defining it with the social standards of sex, money and power.

In the words of Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi in his book Flow:

“Happiness is not something that happens. It is not the result of good fortune or random chance. It is not something that money can buy or power command. It does not depend on outside events but, rather, on how we interpret them. Happiness, in fact, is a condition that must be prepared for, cultivated, and defended privately by each person.”

The way I cultivate my happiness is through Trash Talking. I encourage everyone else to give it a try.

Article Also found in the Analog magazine .

A Video Game Orchestra

Our very own WeGeek string orchestra will be performing some classic gaming theme tunes with their own unique twist!

Make sure your book your Gaming Utopia tickets today.

Get your tickets here

1) One-Winged Angel - Final Fantasy
2) Zelda Medley
3) Tetris Theme
4) Kingdom Hearts: Dearly Beloved
5) Super Mario Bros Theme Song
6) Pokémon Theme Song
7) Street Fighter theme song
8) The Best Is Yet To Come - Metal Gear Solid
9) Naruto - Sadness and Sorrow
10)Legend of Zelda - Song of Storms
11) Halo Theme

We can't wait to see you there!

Gaming Utopia

TICKETS ON SALE NOW! 

(and get your money back by sharing with friends)*

 

It’s time to book your tickets to the land of gaming tournaments, VR experiences, retro games, exclusive publisher demos, superhero parkour classes, lightsaber fights and more. Are you ready?

 

Age Restrictions

Minors under the ages of 12 should be accompanied by an adult at all times. Kids under the age of 12 go FREE!

 

Event Schedule

Friday Dec 8th, 17:30 - 23:30: Video game orchestra, gaming tournaments (to be announced), publisher demos, VR games, board games, retro & current games.

Saturday Dec 9th, 12:00 - 18:00: Lightsaber classes and show, gaming tournaments (to be announced), publisher demos, VR games, sci-fi movie marathon, board games, retro & current games.

Saturday Dec 9th, 20:00 - 2:00: Sci-fi movie marathon! We’ll be showing every Star Wars film in preparation for Star Wars Episode 8: The Last Jedi.

Sunday Dec 10th, 12:00 - 18:00: Assassin's Creed parkour classes and show, gaming tournaments (to be announced), publisher demos, VR games, board games, retro & current games.

*Get your money back by sharing with friends. 

Yep, you read that correctly. If your friends buy a ticket through your link (which you’ll get after you’ve bought your own ticket) you get a slice of the money.

Here’s the breakdown:

  • If 2 people buy a ticket from your link you get 20% of what you paid back

  • If 5 people buy a ticket from your link you get 40% of what you paid back

  • IF 8 PEOPLE BUY A TICKET FROM YOUR LINK YOU GET 100% OF WHAT YOU PAID BACK

Bring your friends along to WeGeek Utopia and get to go FREE.