WSVG’s CBS premiere: God damn we miss Charles in Charge

Remember a few moons ago when we brought you the news that CBS is set to start airing World Series of Video Games coverage this summer? Well now we bring you the above video, the promo spot for the coverage, which according to the clip kicks off tomorrow at 9AM PST/Noon EST.

The promo spot plays like some marketing wanker’s fever dream of what thirteen year old kids thought was hip circa 1997, and it may be my old age creeping up on me, but the entire thing gave me a bit of a headache. Thankfully, the rest of the series should be slightly less damaging to epileptics, as you’ll see in the clips I’ve included after the jump.

Hit the jump to see why even the best produced gaming competitions earn a Sunday morning timeslot. 

The following videos are footage taken from the WSVG’s Dallas and China events, wherein you’ll witness people who’ve actually made a career out of Guitar Hero II and World of Warcraft. Somewhere, a guidance counselor is holding a gun to his head.

Like I said, the entire thing makes my brain hurt, but I will say that their coverage seems a hell of a lot less annoying than almost anything aired on G4 since the beginning of time. I’d like to think it’s a conscious decision on the part of the WSVG to vaguely mature the focus of their hosts and presentation, but I have a creeping suspicion that they were actually trying to ape G4 and just failed terribly.

I’m going to go lie down for a bit, but I intend to watch the WSVG event tomorrow in glorious High-Definition. It’s part of my job to subject myself to the periphery of gaming, but what about the rest of you? Are any of you going to be spending the Sabbath forsaking your respective Lords for the silicon god of video games? 

[Update: Updated because Nick dies a little inside every time I use a semi-colon.

Also, I thought I’d include a few links to some less cynical looks at the entire thing from people who don’t make their money making fun of David Jaffe: New York Times, Blabbermouth, and ESReality.] 

[Updated again to confirm that I really do miss Charles in Charge, and that Scott Baio is 45 and Single is the best reality TV show since Who Wants To Be Chachi?

Earnest Cavalli
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