Our new Indie Games subforum is now open for business in G&T. Go and check it out, you might land a code for a free game. If you're developing an indie game and want to post about it, follow these directions. If you don't, he'll break your legs! Hahaha! Seriously though.
Our rules have been updated and given their own forum. Go and look at them! They are nice, and there may be new ones that you didn't know about! Hooray for rules! Hooray for The System! Hooray for Conforming!
as with any hobby from ping pong to kite flying, there are video game tournaments. these are nothing new, as fighting game tourneys have been held in modern arcades for years.
games like street fighter take on new meaning when 'pro' gamers take the helm. competitions on a global scale are something of a newer trend, though, with the best players rising to the top. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YnEWSO6NrQo&feature=player_embedded
starcraft, counterstrike, quake, super smash brothers, and halo have all become staples in game competitions, and new gaming 'leagues' have formed to compliment the players. places like the championship gaming series and major league gaming have flourished. teams and individuals have gained sponsors like actual sports stars, and every day they become more glamourized. in korea, japan, spain, and the US pro gamers are idealized as almost athletes, gaining their own brand names and products.