Quake Gets Fragged at CPL

Posters Name: WaRMaN
Posters Email: warman@mwgl.org
Subject: Quake Gets Fragged at CPL

The Cyberathlete Professional League (CPL) has swapped Quake for the more popular Half-Life mod Counter-Strike. This is disturbing news to me since on-line gaming was defined by Quake. Counter-Strike has gained a big standing in the gaming world, but can it attract big crowds to events like Quake has always done? I now play CS more than Quake, because it puts me in with a group of serious players that are dedicated to a "team effort". Quake, on the other hand, is a game that makes the single player shine. Yes there are team-mods such as CTF and Clan Arena, but have YOU played in one at an event?

Now moving on to events, which game is more likely to bring the players? If you're a Quake player, you are apt to bring yourself or a couple of friends to your favorite event, such as - lets say MWGL! Counter-Strike, on the other hand, demands that you bring a team, which might not be easy for most. Once you take in to account that the day has to be open for all of your team, and the cost of dragging them to the event can be expensive, it could cause a no-show for the team. This doesn't seem to affect local LANs, but it could seriously affect the big tourneys, such as "The Frag", which pulls 600+ "professionals" to Dallas TX every year.

This decision is a risky one in my opinion, but lets see if the Counter-Strike players can prove me wrong. I am not going to try to compare the two games and say which is better than the other, but I am interested in your opinions! Post your comments to this post, and lets see how our community feels.

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