Posts Tagged ‘games’

How Wrong is Oakland Warriors Co-Owner Peter Guber About the “Certainty” of “E-Sports” Video Gaming Becoming “an Olympic Sport in 2020?” – VERY

Tuesday, February 7th, 2017

Here you go:

Gaming revolution: Millennials make e-sports billion-dollar business By Susan Slusser, San Francisco Chronicle February 1, 2017

And here’s the problem:

“Let me say something very provocative — I think there is a high certainty e-sports will be an Olympic sport in 2020.”

Well first of all, when did video games become a “sport?” Which of course is:

an activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team competes against another or others for entertainment.

Oh so you think video games can fit in there? What about chess then? Let me say something very provocative, Gentle Reader – I think there is a high certainty chess will be an Olympic sport in 2020. That’s the ticket.

And second of all, look for any mention of any video games at all here:

Following the 2012 Games, the IOC assessed the 26 sports held in London, with the remit of selecting 25 ‘core’ sports to join new entrants golf and rugby sevens at the 2020 Games. In effect, this would involve the dropping of one sport from the 2016 Games program. This would leave a single vacancy in the 2020 Games program, which the IOC would seek to fill from a shortlist containing seven unrepresented sports and the removed sport. On 12 February 2013, IOC leaders voted to drop wrestling from the Olympic program, a surprise decision that removed one of the oldest Olympic sports from the 2020 Games. Wrestling, which combines freestyle and Greco-Roman events, goes back to the inaugural modern Olympics in Athens in 1896,[26] and even further to the Ancient Olympic Games. The decision to drop wrestling was opposed in many countries and by their NOCs.[27][28][29][30] Wrestling therefore joined other sports in a short list applying for inclusion in the 2020 Games. On 29 May 2013, it was announced that three sports made the final shortlist; squash, baseball/softball, and wrestling.[31] Five other sports (karate, roller sports, sport climbing, wakeboarding, and wushu) were excluded from consideration at this point.[32] On 8 September 2013, at the 125th IOC Session, the IOC selected wrestling to be included in the Olympic program for 2020 and 2024. Wrestling secured 49 votes, while baseball/softball secured 24 votes and squash got 22 votes.[33]

So what’s up with that?

And note that the Guber didn’t say by 2020, he said “in 2020.” So I don’t see how it’s even remotely possible that there’s a “certainty” that “E-Sports” video gaming will somehow become “an Olympic sport in 2020.”

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Frisco Missed Out on the 2012, 2016 and 2024 Olympics, But Here Come the CANNA GAMES

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016

It’s HEMPCON, baby – home of the CANNA GAMES:

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OMG, “THE HUNGER GAMES EXHIBITION” is Coming to Frisco! Our Palace of Fine Arts to Become THE INNOVATION HANGAR Starting Feb 13th 2016

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015

Watch out, The Hunger Games – The Exhibition is coming/ to town, starting February 13th, 2016! That’s right, fellow Panemanians, Our historic Palace of Fine Arts will soon become THE INNOVATION HANGAR and you’ll be able to see it all for just $29.95.

You know, for kids:

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See for yourself at, and I’m srsly, the iHangar.com.

I can think of more than a few 94123 landfill-dwelling millionaires who are GOING TO BE PISSED about this attraction, when they find out that troubled Supervisor Mark Farrell’s District 2 will soon transform troubled President Snow’s tech-rich District 3

ASSIGNMENT DESK: Hey, just how much is Hollywood going to pay SFGov / Rec and Park for all the trouble? One wonders if we’re charging a $100,000 “premium reservation fee,” or a $50,000 “park regeneration fee.

Don’t stop believing, Panamaniacs – the iHangar is for reals.

See you there!

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Video: RedBull “SteepCrest 2014” on De Haro in Potrero Hill – Bike and Skateboard Ramp Jumps – Kind of a Nothingburger

Monday, November 24th, 2014

I’d wondered why I hadn’t heard of any coverage of this one.

It was kind of a nothingburger. See?

I don’t know, if Red Bull wants to start shutting down streets to promote itself, I think it could come up with some better ideas.

Here are just a few. Hey RB, try to be more like this:

Just saying.

A Good Christmas Gift for Old People: Sega Genesis or Atari Flashback 4 – Just $39.99

Monday, November 25th, 2013

Man, Sonic was so money back in the day.

Relive your childhood with 80 “built-in games”

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At your local Target…

Presenting SEGA Studios San Francisco – Home of Sonic the Hedgehog – Closed Down Back in 2010

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

Video games-wise, Sega Genesis used to be king.

Here’s what’s left of the American part of the company, as seen in San Francisco in 2013.

They shut down back in aught-ten they did:

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This Line on Market Proves that Assassin’s Creed III is the Best “Historical Action-Adventure Open-World Stealth” Game Ever?

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

Eagerly awaiting the midnight arrival of Assassin’s Creed III, amidst all the “For Lease” signs at Fourth and Market:

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Here’s What Tonight’s World Series Viewing Party Will Look Like – But No Alcohol in Civic Center – Vote No on Prop B

Sunday, October 28th, 2012

You’re invited to come to Civic Center tonight to see Game Four of the World Series on a makeshift “Jumbotron.”

See you at 5:07 PM (or earlier, to get a good spot if you want to be able to actually see the action unobstructed.)

It’ll look like this, but probably with more Matt Cain than Timothy Leroy Lincecum on the screen:

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The SFPD requests (more or less) that you transfer your alcohol to unmarked containers, thusly:

And, oh yes, speaking of the Rec and Park, Remember to Vote No on Proposition B (November 2012), the so-called “Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond”

Why?

Well, because Prop. B is too costly for San Francisco

And also because Reform is Needed at San Francisco’s Recreation and Parks Department.

Also because area lawyer Philip Alan Ginsburg would consider passage of Prop B (November 2012) an endorsement of how he’s running the RPD.

That’s why.

Now, let’s hear from San Francisco Mayor Ron Conway,* after the jump. (Spoiler: He wants you to go to Chipotle’s and spend your money before you blow town.)

PS: The after party will be in the Mission District – spread the word, bring fireworks.

*Poor Sony. It appears that any television-like contraption bigger than 100 inches now gets the generic term “jumbotron.”

Oh well.

Displays similar to the Jumbotron include:

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OMG, OMG, the Free Olympic Games Viewing Party is Coming August 7th through August 11th in Civic Center

Friday, July 6th, 2012

I’ll tell you, I haven’t seen anything from the NBC in years and the games of the 2012 Olympiad aren’t going to change anything.

But you, you love the Olympics, so get on out to Civic Center Plaza to watch them on a gigantic screen for free from August 7th through August 11th, why not?

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Let’s hope that area politicians won’t show up at this one to speechify…

Squaw Valley USA Announces Details for $50 Million Capital Plan – New Base Lodge and Two New High-Speed Chairlifts

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

Don’t get me started on scandal-plagued Winter Olympiads and whatnot.

Instead, let’s focus on $50,000,000 – that’s a lotta money, non?

All the deets, below.

But first, let me bore you with a Kodak Carousel of the last time I was up at the home of the 1960 Winter Olympics.

Looking down:

And looking up:

Way up high:

Squaw Valley is a Winter Wonderland:

All the deets:

Squaw Announces Details for $50 Million Capital Plan

SQUAW VALLEY USA’S RENAISSANCE
Squaw Valley USA announces details for a $50 million capital plan
New base lodge, expanded restaurants and two new high-speed chairlifts planned

[Squaw Valley USA] July 26, 2011 – Squaw Valley USA announces the details of a five-year, $50 million capital improvement plan that will add dramatic improvements to the on-mountain and base village guest experience. Plans include everything from new food and hospitality offerings to new beginner and advanced high-speed chairlifts, trail improvements and a state of the art mountain information system. All enhancements are designed to better enable guests to embrace their desire for adventure, exploration and immersive experiences, whether solo or with families and friends. Whether it’s discovering new terrain or socializing at the end of the day, improvements to amenities and customer service will allow skiers, riders and guests to explore Squaw Valley’s 4,000 acres and vibrant alpine village like never before.

“Squaw Valley is an incredible and diverse mountain, and we are committed to honoring every aspect of the mountain’s history, legacy and legend,” said Andy Wirth, Squaw Valley’s president and chief executive officer. “We’ve talked to guests, skiers and riders regionally and around the country and learned that the very caliber of this mountain may have kept some visitors away, and we are dedicated to creating an approachable and friendly experience for our guests of every ability level. This philosophy is present in every aspect of our mountain and base area improvement plans—and will remain a theme as we continue to change.”

YEAR ONE: Winter 2011-12 / $15 Million

Squaw Valley USA will be investing approximately $15 million in base area and on-mountain improvements for the 2011-12 winter season to improve the guest experience in the following:

Ever more deets, after the jump.

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