Sunday, July 30, 2006

Lousy Gamer? Get a coach...

I read an article over at the post-gazette.com Want to get good at videogames? Hire a kid about semi-pro and professional gamers tutoring others in their gaming skills. Most of the people using their services see it as no different than paying for tennis lessons. I agree with them. If you do not know how to play well, if you do not have the time, if you want to know how to do it better, there is no better way than to learn from a pro. My question is, what makes you good enough to be a coach or tutor? This question just begs the answer of using an overall gamerscore, leader boards, and achievements system to point to the best players. Xbox Live is the only service I know of that provides these kind of ratings or multiple games at the moment. So, just how do you get tutorials? Bet you guessed it, that's right, you play against your tutor or coach on Xbox Live (if it is an Xbox game) while he tells and shows you how to move, shoot, throw, etc.
But with the console industry heading online, both Sony and Nintendo plan to bring their next gen boxes online with some kind of gaming service like Live, how will we juggle all the different gamerscores? Surely after seeing how excited gamers get over something as simple as a Gamertag and Gamerscore both Nintendo and Sony will implement them or some form of them as well.
I believe an industry standard may be needed. Most would scoff at this. No way would all three console companies work together for a standard... or would they? Seeing as how a standardized Gamerscore would help exposure to gaming in general, you would think something like this would be in the works but I have heard nothing in the rumor-mill about it. I think something like a unified gamerscore would be great for the community as well. Anyhow, just a few random thoughts on that subject. This is a topic about game tutoring.
Getting help with your gaming is a great idea if you do not have the time to learn it all yourself through long hours of trial and error, saving yourself from long hours of frustration until you do get it right, if you do not give up and move on to a game that is a bit easier to learn. Pay these guys for a couple of hours of teaching and you too could be playing a more enjoyable game today instead of next week.

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