Happy day-after-hump-day! Also known as Thursday! We hope you're having a great start to your day! Today we're taking a trip to the past and looking at some of the monumental trailblazers in the first person shooter world. So grab a cup of milk and sugar with a splash of coffee and read on!
Blizzard Lays Off 50 Employees
The end is coming. And all of those eSports employees knew it. The Activision Blizzard division, known for running games like Overwatch and Call of Duty, has announced some restructuring in their department, causing layoffs of approximately 50 of their employees. The company stated before that they had been able to keep the majority of their employees in 2020 following the onset of the pandemic, but unfortunately will now need to make some changes. All laid off employees will be reportedly getting very fair and substantial severance packages.
Time for a change. The division reported the reasoning for its changes were due to having to restructure after the pandemic. The department heads also reported that they would be trying to focus less on live events, but will not deviate from them completely. They're reportedly hoping that the restructuring will allow them to relocate certain resources towards other areas of their department, and allow for various new online events that could result in higher viewer and player engagement. We wish the laid off employees well and are intrigued as to what the division has planned for the future.
Doom you dare?? 1993 was a big year for Nintendo with the release of its first Doom game. Fast-paced demon-slaying action was the talk of the town, and for good reason. As one of the first first-person shooter games, it brought a lot of new elements to players in the 90's, including bright, colorful and clear pixel graphics, and multiple levels; it paved the way for new video games. It has since been commonly cited as one of the best first person shooters of all time.
Explore the depths of hell and slay monsters till the sun comes up. The preface of the game is rather simple: search and explore the different levels of hell and shoot monsters. There are multiple different types of monsters, including large demons and undead demons. There are also various backgrounds and terrains that allowed players to get more out of the game environment. The game features multiple episodes as well as multiple setting for difficulty, allowing for a larger player base. The game also had a multiplayer mode, which at the time was not that common.
If you think this golden-age classic is something you'd like to try, you're in luck! There is a switch version of the original 1993 Doom game that players can purchase to get a real blast from the past.
NES Advantage Controller
What good is a game without a good controller? That's what Nintendo thought when they made this baby. The NES Advantage was a seriously unique controller that functioned more like an arcade game with its controls. The large joystick made for easy movement, and the buttons were large and hard to miss. It allowed players to feel a lot like pro-gamers with its design, allowing people to almost have an arcade machine in their own home. Like most controllers of its time, it was rather clunky and large, as well as bulky. It also wasn't designed very well for in-home play, as you'd have to rest it on something in order to get full range of motion and control, where as with todays controllers they're designed to comfortably fit in your hands and allow you to relax while you play. Regardless, this old-time beauty was a star in its time, and was one of the first controllers made to allow players that real arcade feel.
Quake Tournament (1997)
FPS's oldest tournaments. One of the first FPS tournaments ever held, the Quake Red Annihilation Tournament in 1997 was a huge event in gaming. The initial round of the tournament had over 2000 players across the US playing online in a 1v1 bracket style elimination. As the players slowly dwindled, the final few were taken to the main championship held in Atlanta, GA, where they competed for the grand prize, a 1987 Ferrari. It quickly set the stage for gaming events that would follow it, and showed the world that gaming competitions were a serious sport that involved time, patience and skill. The winner of the competition, Dennis Fung, would later also win multiple Doom and Quake tournaments during his gaming career, and is currently listed in the ESL Hall of Fame.
Thanks for taking a ride with us on that blast to the past, and we hope to see you all tomorrow for this week's Feature Friday!