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I had to click the link because I didn't know if this was a baking competition or a speed knitting competition.


SPOILER FOR THE SIMILARLY CONFUSED: It is neither.
posted by louche mustachio at 11:13 AM on May 22, 2011


I was a little disappointed it wasn't a speed knitting competition.

A full contact speed-knitting competition.
posted by louche mustachio at 11:14 AM on May 22, 2011 [1 favorite]


The sweater is just a metaphor. I apologize to the knitting enthusiasts.
posted by codacorolla at 11:16 AM on May 22, 2011


Tough as nails and half as handsome!
posted by QuarterlyProphet at 11:18 AM on May 22, 2011


Having watched enough video game tournament videos I can't tell if this is satire or not.
posted by Ad hominem at 11:19 AM on May 22, 2011 [4 favorites]


Having watched enough video game tournament videos I can't tell if this is satire or not.

I did some searching, and I can't decide either.
posted by codacorolla at 11:20 AM on May 22, 2011


This is like watching sports on TV. Stuff happens and your hear people talking about it but you have no idea what they are actually saying.
posted by Foci for Analysis at 11:22 AM on May 22, 2011 [1 favorite]


I... I can't stop watching...
posted by chrominance at 11:24 AM on May 22, 2011


I adore watching the Starcraft GSL tournaments. Tasteless and Artosis have become such staples and they cast so well off of each other, they really make the games a lot more enjoyable to watch if you're not a hardcore SC player and can't rely on just watching the gameplay alone to know what is going on.

That's why I couldn't tell for the life of me if this was real or not.
posted by june made him a gemini at 11:31 AM on May 22, 2011


When is SEGA going to get itself together and make a Chu Chu Rocket that I can play online?
posted by Winnemac at 11:37 AM on May 22, 2011 [1 favorite]


Winnemac, try Gunnery in Puzzle Pirates. It's one-player, but it has much the same mechanic.
posted by persona at 11:43 AM on May 22, 2011 [1 favorite]


I think it's a parody of video game commentary like Husky Starcraft that are getting more popular outside of Korea these days.

The reason I say outside of Korea is that this has actually been a huge deal in Korea for years and years. Starcraft is like an actual sport there, and the GSL is an international starcraft competition with an $80k prize they hold every month. Players from around the world come and play and they have English language casters and stuff. Here's an example match (that's an English language cast), it's pretty insane.
posted by delmoi at 11:47 AM on May 22, 2011 [1 favorite]


My eyeballs have swelled to the size of grapefruits and i want to bear both of these mens' children -but only if i can name them after their fathers and feed them cookies!

wait. what?
posted by jadayne at 11:47 AM on May 22, 2011


When is SEGA going to get itself together and make a Chu Chu Rocket that I can play online?

It is available as an iPhone app.
posted by munchingzombie at 11:52 AM on May 22, 2011


Hey Ash, whacha playin'?
posted by danny the boy at 11:53 AM on May 22, 2011


Obviously this is a joke, but if it were real the 'blinds' wouldn't do much, as highly skilled players would be able to remember which cookies were under there.
posted by delmoi at 11:56 AM on May 22, 2011


Loved this game. Puzzle mode was serious business.
posted by naju at 12:11 PM on May 22, 2011


mdbREQoyl went down hard in round 2. pcnVegeta proved that APM isn't everything; His micro was what won that match. After his performance in the Ro8 it was pretty obvious who the YoCo crown would be going to.
posted by The Lurkers Support Me in Email at 12:13 PM on May 22, 2011


It is available as an iPhone app.

Works on iPad too. That would be a great way to play CCR. There is only wifi play though, from what I've heard. The day when I and all my friends own iPads is pretty far in the future.
posted by Winnemac at 12:16 PM on May 22, 2011


As much as it is a joke, those are some close matches of Yoshi's Cookie.
posted by graventy at 12:16 PM on May 22, 2011


Are there championships that are based on the 2 player SMB3 mini game that is a souped up version of the original arcade version of Mario Bros. (the one with the fireballs and the pipes and the lobsters)?

If so, commentary like this of such a thing would be amazing. That mini game rewards a Hawking-like knowledge of "MarioPhysics" and is one of the top 2 player games I've ever played.
posted by sleslie at 12:21 PM on May 22, 2011 [1 favorite]


So in case anybody doesn't get this, I'm fairly sure this is a spoof of pro-starcraft casting in general and Husky Starcraft in particular.
posted by empath at 12:34 PM on May 22, 2011 [1 favorite]


(i should really read the thread before posting every once in a while)
posted by empath at 12:36 PM on May 22, 2011


Btw, the NASL is also really good, though man, some of the caster combinations are painfully awkward.
posted by empath at 12:38 PM on May 22, 2011


Btw, NASL is on live, right now, I just realized.

13,000 viewers right now.
posted by empath at 12:39 PM on May 22, 2011


Metafilter: The sweater is just a metaphor.
posted by ChurchHatesTucker at 12:48 PM on May 22, 2011


Btw, the NASL is also really good, though man, some of the caster combinations are painfully awkward.

Yeah, I know that gretorp and iNcontrol love Idra (for some inexplicable reason), but every time that guy gets near a mic the SC2 community dies a little.

As to this video, it may just be me, but it doesn't feel very good-natured, even though I know that anyone who can mimic Husky that well must be watching him cast a lot. I guess the humor just fell a little flat.
posted by TypographicalError at 1:53 PM on May 22, 2011


How did the competitive Starcraft community adapt to SC2? Did everyone switch over smoothly, or were there any high-profile loyalists to the old game?

I enjoyed the Yoshi video! It seemed like Blue was a clear tier better the whole way through, but maybe his screen just seemed easier to watch.
posted by piato at 2:15 PM on May 22, 2011


How did the competitive Starcraft community adapt to SC2? Did everyone switch over smoothly, or were there any high-profile loyalists to the old game?
It was actually pretty complicated due to the legal issues involved. Basically, in Korea the starcraft leagues ran as a cartel, and Blizzard didn't get any money out of it, due to the way copyright/trademark laws in SK worked. When SC2 came out, it didn't even have a LAN mode, you had to play on blizzard's servers. And on top of that there were some changes to Korean copyright law due to a new trade deal with the U.S. The old guard not only wanted to keep SC1 popular, but actually forbid it's players from even playing SC2.

That's what I remember, anyway. I don't know all the details. But it wasn't a smooth transition at all. The Korean laws on this are kind of weird.
posted by delmoi at 3:01 PM on May 22, 2011


I'm sweating pigs that are sweating bullets that are killing people. Killing me!

Damn, that was a pitch-perfect take of some of the more exuberant Starcraft casters.
posted by Georgina at 3:07 PM on May 22, 2011 [1 favorite]


When are we going to get televised gaming? It's been promised for years. Watching Street Fighter or Marvel vs Capcom with intelligent commentary would be awesome.
posted by Lovecraft In Brooklyn at 3:26 PM on May 22, 2011


Speaking as a football fan, just because a game is televised doesn't mean you'll get intelligent commentary.

Easily one of the more surreal moments of my life happened 3 or 4 years ago when I turned on CBS on a Sunday morning a bit early for a football game and got to watch some World of Warcraft arena matches.
posted by graventy at 3:37 PM on May 22, 2011


When are we going to get televised gaming? It's been promised for years. Watching Street Fighter or Marvel vs Capcom with intelligent commentary would be awesome.

It'd be just like professional sports on TV, or poker really whole entire United States, poker? -- this huge thing everyone watches that I couldn't possibly care less about.

No one wants to watch the multiplayer games I really enjoy. At least I think Yoshi's Cookie is pretty interesting.
posted by JHarris at 4:58 PM on May 22, 2011


When are we going to get televised gaming? It's been promised for years. Watching Street Fighter or Marvel vs Capcom with intelligent commentary would be awesome.

Just watch it on youtube.
posted by empath at 6:02 PM on May 22, 2011


really whole entire United States, poker?

Poker and starcraft are interesting to watch for the same reason -- you know stuff watching the game that the players don't. Builds a ton of tension and suspense.
posted by empath at 6:04 PM on May 22, 2011


Back when I was still an avid poker player I would often watch poker on TV to get ideas about how to play the game. Sooner or later I realized that each game is edited to create a narrative, and that you can't really base your play on televised matches, but some of the poker personalities are really fun to watch -- especially when they're playing lower stake matches and cash games.
posted by codacorolla at 6:06 PM on May 22, 2011


Between degenerating into a discussion of Chu Chu Rocket and finding out that speed knitting is a real thing, this is turning into a great, great thread.
posted by mhoye at 6:10 PM on May 22, 2011 [1 favorite]


It's from My Name is Kaz on the Something Awful forum. And:
As for the parody video of esports replay casters, I don't have any plans to make a shitload of these, Yoshi's Cookie or otherwise. I got the idea for a joke, and executed it. There's nothing worse than a forced joke. Also, I'm lame and had to come up with a script for myself by watching and re-watching to get the timing down. Considering the relatively shorter game length and quick pace, I would have to have something like 20x the presence of mind of an actual Starcraft 2 replay caster in order to do that live or even in a few takes without a script.
I didn't make it very clear, but thanks go to pokecapn and medibot for being pcnVegeta and mdbREqoyl in my vid.
from an Odins Sphere exploration thread.
posted by unliteral at 7:15 PM on May 22, 2011 [2 favorites]


Cool, thanks uniliteral. Let's Play is consistently the best aspect of SA.
posted by codacorolla at 7:18 PM on May 22, 2011


Speaking of Let's Play, the amazingly epic play through of Deadly Premonition is coming to a close.
posted by empath at 5:54 AM on May 23, 2011


This is my all time favorite over the top, but highly entertaining video game play-by-play moment. I never play MVC and don't really know what's going on, but I've watched this video probably more than fifty times and hearing BIONIC ARRRRRMMMMM!!!!! still gives me goosebumps.
posted by roaring beast at 8:41 AM on May 23, 2011


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