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The Hot Topics of 2011



It's been an eventful year of game releases and local gaming news. Here are some of the stories month-by-month which made the headlines.

January

January kicked off with Steve Whitford, Do Gaming editor, publishing a controversial article about how gaming is not a sport. This spawned a vigorous debate with great points raised on all sides. It's interesting reading this debate again after what has been a pretty good year in competitive gaming.

The next weekend saw the culmination of the Telkom FIFA 11 Roadshow, where Abubakar 'Mikkaeel' Ebrahim took the Grand Final in Somerset West against Gordon Butler.

The month ended with the sad news that the long-running and successful local multi-gaming organisation (MGO) Pantheon had decided to close its doors.

February

The first Battlefield 3 teaser video was released in February, finally giving gamers something to look at for this much anticipated title. No release date was given yet but there were indications that 2011 was indeed the year.

On the local scene, Steven 'DrizztZa' Pelser won the Gran Turismo 5 Signature Edition Challenge for the region and was given the opportunity to travel overseas for the chance to win a Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG. We interviewed Pelser about the competition, which was an interesting story.

The Call of Duty 4 scene saw Entropy Gaming return after Pantheon had closed its doors in January. The Entropy label wasn't to last too long however.

March

The third month of 2011 saw some significant moves in the clan scene. The aforementioned Entropy Gaming disbanded and Bravado's line-up changes and a few other moves led to Whitford's Days of our CoD4 article – controversial in that it once again compared the CoD4 scene to the famous "Days of our Lives" soapy.

Ventus (now Vitriolic) had won the first DGL 2011 leg, but just a few days later the captain of the team, Luca 'RoBoHoBo' Tucconi, left Ventus to join Bravado.

Perhaps it was a sign of his leadership that Ventus continued to show strong form throughout the year.

April

April was marred by the incredibly sad news of Rudy 'Humble' Jackson's passing. Jackson had been active member of the local gaming community for several years and was known as in incredibly good-hearted guy.

May

May saw the first teaser trailer for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 which pretty much confirmed the rumours that this year's Call of Duty release would be in the Modern Warfare series.

Stephen 'Vitrolic' (now TrolY) White wrote an interesting piece on growing gaming in South Africa.

June

June is E3 time and Do Gaming managed some excellent coverage and hands-on reviews with games that were not only anticipated for this year but also are anticipated for 2012 and even 2013. EA also finally confirmed a Battlefield 3 release date for October.

8ta released its new broadband pricing which made it the cheapest mobile broadband provider in the country.

Samsung announced its sponsorship of the DGL 2011 Starcraft 2 league which amounted to huge prizes for the third leg of the year and the DGL 2011 Championships.

July

Piracy was once again in the news as SAPS declared war on piracy. Whitford wrote a lengthy and interesting piece around piracy.

Telkom went forward with its double-up on bandwidth promotion which ran for July and August. Basically, customers received double or more bandwidth than they were paying for during this time period.

August

Continuing with bandwidth news, Telkom announced that it would begin to roll out 10Mbps lines across South Africa. Customers with 4Mbps lines would begin to see their lines automatically upgraded.

In line with this, Telkom also upgraded the Do 2 and 3 packages so that customers would now receive more bandwidth while paying the same amount.

August is also Gamescom month. We got some significant coverage. Check out our Gamescom 2011 highlights for more.

September

There was something of a debacle in the local scene as gaming organisation Real Gaming released an open letter to the local gaming community. That debacle continues.

From a Do Gaming side, we were excited to announce our partnership with Tuks FM where every Friday at 2:30pm you can hear the Do Gaming Bits and Bytes show on Tuks FM 107.2 (or Internet stream). The show has been giving away a huge amount of prizes ever since and has been very popular.

The Diablo 3 closed beta went live with much jubilation from local gamers.

There was even more euphoria when the prize pool for the DGL 2011 Championships were announced with Telkom offering a R160 000 prize pool. This was further augmented with Samsung's generous sponsorship of the Starcraft 2 League where Samsung provided over R200 000 worth of hardware prizes.

October

There was further good news as DotA 2 was announced. October also saw the launch of Battlefield 3 and Telkom and EA sported exclusive code at rAge 2011 of the game. Furthermore, Telkom launched its first uncapped offering in a Battlefield 3 bundle that was exclusive to rAge 2011 gamers.

Gamers were largely impressed with Battlefield 3. Read our Battlefield 3 single-player review and our Battlefield 3 multiplayer review.

The DGL 2011 Championships saw significant prizes for Call of Duty 4, Starcraft 2, Counter-Strike: Source and (for the first time) a console FIFA Championship.

The winners were:

BFB Lard for Call of Duty 4
Travis 'Shase' Weedon for Starcraft 2
Rolando 'RoLo_87' De Aveiro for FIFA 11
Damage Control for Counter-Strike: Source

Gamers enjoyed the DGL 2011 Championships thoroughly, setting the stage for what will be an epic DGL 2012 Championships. Check out photos of the event here.

Whitford highlighted why he likes 8ta as a mobile service which is an interesting article to read.

The DGL 2011 Championships The DGL 2011 Championships

November

Battlefield 3 remained in the news as Telkom Do Gaming announced a R100 000 prize pool for the Battlefield 3 DGL 2012 Championships as both EA and Telkom have gotten on board to support the game.

And November saw the release of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 and along with that came a R50 000 sponsorship from Megarom for the DGL 2012 Modern Warfare 3 Championship. Monster Energy also came on board with a R10 000 cash sponsorship along with Monster Energy clothing and Monster Energy drinks for the winners.

Modern Warfare 3 continued to break sales records in the entertainment industry and still continues to do so. Read both our multiplayer review and single player review.

Lastly, our article on Kombokitten evoked a lot of response and was a popular read for November. That article and an October article on Telkom promo girl Stephanie du Preez stirred up a lot of conversation on sexism, girl gamers and more.

December

The last month of the year always sees things calm down, but DGL 2012 registrations opened and highlight how much the Do Gaming Leagues have expanded. A new-look and new-functionality Do Gaming League website was also launched along with a helpdesk and numerous other fantastic features.

To check up on some of the big titles released in 2011, read: Looking Back Over 2011.

What were your highlights? Discuss them in the comments below.

About Ryan Peter

Ryan Peter has been an avid gamer for over 25 years, seeing the industry evolve from King's Quest to what it is today. He is the deputy editor of Do Gaming and a writer of fantasy and sci-fi. His books are available at Amazon.com.




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