Tuesday, October 12, 2004

UK Gamers Triumphant

Here's a story that caught my attention, though not because I'm particularly interested in gaming. I think the headline "World gaming triumph for UK team" is rather misleading, since the fourth line of the article is:

Unfortunately, none of the UK's 10 official entrants won medals.
Which seems a little contradictory. However, it is the UK team that was successful, specifically a Dutch and a French member. And both represented their home countries. Presumably, one or both of the other members of the team was from the UK. Or perhaps they were international and just based their team in the UK. Either way, the UK definitely triumphed. Oh yes. Other triumphs from the article include: Counter-Strike: team knocked out in the first league round Unreal: One player knocked out in the league section, the other lost in the first round of elimination Warcraft: neither of the UK's official players got past the opening round Project Gotham racing event: did not get past the first stage Fifa 2004: no one entered Need for Speed:no one entered Starcraft:no one entered Halo:no one entered In summary: We triumphed good and proper. Fortunately, I have decided that, for the next couple of months at least, I'm officially Dutch. And so we won! (We topped the medal tables anyway.) We even beat South Korea, the favourites, who have hosted all previous Games. I don't know where the UK came, but I'm sure it was somewhere triumphant. In other news, I was shocked and greatly saddened to read that Christopher Reeve had died at the age of 52. I couldn't help but the respect his attitude after his accident and was of course pleased at his support for stem-cell research. For the BBC news reports: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/3732526.stm http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/3732462.stm

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