The World Series is on -- are you watching?

Believe it or not, the World Series of Video Games is happening right now in my hometown of Louisville, KY. I've caught some of the World of Warcraft group matches on the Web site, and I must say I've been a little disappointed. The teams competing are not as skilled as I thought they would be. Perhaps it is just the division I am seeing this Friday afternoon.

I don't do much PVP in WoW, but when I do I know I get pwned by some fantastic players, and the ones I'm seeing on the live feed from the WSVG don't seem to be of the same caliber. Perhaps it is just a perception. Let me know what you think.

The other disappointing thing for me is the quality of the "announcers" working the matches. I feel like I'm watching some geeky teenagers in their basement role-playing. They may think what they say and do are funny, but they are really just an annoyance and a distraction. Perhaps you disagree on that too?

The other aspect of the site that boggles my mind is the promotion given to the World Series of Video Games event that will be broadcast by CBS Sports on television in late July. Is the world ready for live video game playing on broadcast television? I don't believe it is, but I could be wrong about that too.

What do you think? Am I being too critical? Am I just too old to get it?

By Mark Kaelin

Mark W. Kaelin has been writing and editing stories about the IT industry, gadgets, finance, accounting, and tech-life for more than 25 years. Most recently, he has been a regular contributor to,, and TechRepublic.