I pitched this idea while ago simply as an event; although I never thought being part of the staff would make it so much more different. After a few playthroughs and a bit of testing, though...
I propose Black Ops ZOMBIES as a major event at this year's PortCon, and I feel that it may attract crowds - young, old, scary, weird, happy, and coordinated.
As an FPS gamer of old (I mean OLD, like GoldenEye on the N64 old), I never found many FPSes to be very enjoyable. Even certain FPSes that many consider to be staples in the gaming community, I overlooked. They often missed one major point... replayability.
Another? Zombies. Every FPS should have a zombies mode. I know that's silly to say, but hear me out!
I actually came to PortCon last year really only for the supposed Rock Band competition. This fell through and bummed me and my friend Brian. We were pretty certain we'd come out as the victors, though I know plenty of geeks in Maine can do their share of Rock Band to prove they were awesome too. After the competition didn't happen, we were really kind of annoyed.
Then in 2011, after playing the "ZOMBIES" mode on Call of Duty: Black Ops, I was like - this is it. This year, the post-apocalyptic theme can have a competition survivalists can partake in.
This is what I titled "Black Ops ZOMBIES Competition (Tournament) Hosted by Eyewashed.com" (my webcomic website, sort of jokingly). My webcomic had to do with a very, very
post-apocalyptic point in time and a few dealt with zombies.
Point is, me and my friend figured out some basic stuff to this tournament. Using the "Nacht Der Untoten" map (the map from World at War), players will have to survive in a 2 to 4 (wo)man team against the hordes of the undead. Waged into their overall score are their total kills and headshots, along with player count and sum of overall points.
The reason we decided on Nacht Der Untoten was mostly because it's a simple map, and even though it lacks what Kino Der Toten shows for in purpose of survivability and style, it will make rounds go by and people will not be waiting forever (since you can't run around the map as easily as Kino Der Toten lets you). This forces strategy on the teams playing.
To avoid the "N00B" situation (when a newbie joins a team to ruin a round, possibly by accident), teams will be allowed two rounds. You Only Live Twice. Other than that and not using exploits, teams will simply have to survive as long as they can for the best possible outcome.
I personally think this may be a cool event being sponsored at PortCon to get people going and participating in something fun. This would be a lot easier to provide for as well since we only need a couple TVs and a couple consoles at the least.
What is your input?