Insider Spotlight: Gaming Logic
Insider Spotlight is a monthly feature showcasing new and upcoming companies, organizations, websites or events in the esports community. This month I sat down with professional gamer Dan "ComeBackDan" Otto to talk about his brand new website, www.GamingLogic.net. Dan "ComeBackDan" Otto is a professional video game racer, going pro in multiple racing games such as, Project Gotham Racing 4 and Forza Motorsport 2. Up until the CGS' collapse, Dan was a racer for the CGS Franchise 3D.NY.
Thanks for sitting down with me Dan. Can you tell me a little about gaming logic and what your website is all about?
Basically, Gaming Logic is a video game coaching website. We hire and contract professional gamers to give insight in their respective game. To do this, each week they come out with commentaries, which are videos of matches they’ve done against teams or players. On these commentaries they explain what they are doing and what their strategies are. By doing this, it allows players who are interesting in becoming better at playing their game to get coaching that they probably would not receive from just playing the game or anywhere else.
Also, when you sign up on our forums you have a choice between a basic member and a premium member. A basic member has access to the forums and the sample content, but a premium member gets access to weekly updates and articles by the pros. A basic membership is free! And a premium membership costs $9.99.
How exactly does a visitor on your site get these commentaries?
The commentaries are on the website and are easily accessible through the forums. Each week, we come out with a video of a captured video of the match, so they do the match; they put it on a capture card then they transfer it over to their computer. From there, they record voice over their video explaining what they were thinking and their strategies behind their decisions.
What games do you plan you provide help on?
Initially we’re going to start out with, Call of Duty 4, Gears of War 2, Halo 3, and I’ll be doing Forza Motorsport.
Will you be doing any other racing games?
I’m going to stick with Forza, but if I run out of content I might do PGR or Need for Speed.
What are your goals after you launch the website?
Well [chuckles] first, we’d like to get some premium members. Our first goal is to have a thousand premium members by 2010, which is an aggressive goal I’d say, but doable. Eventually we’d like to sponsor whole teams and be able to pay them to put content on our site. But initially we’re going with single players, mainly team leaders who control what’s going on inside the match.
But we’d also like to work with anybody that wants to become good at their game, we’re always open to new ideas, and uhm, we’re really just trying to get it started and see where it goes in the next few months.
How did this whole thing get started? How did you come up with the idea for this?
Well, I talked to Juan Source, back when I was in L.A. for the CGS and I saw what he doing for Counter-Strike and it’s basically the same idea but for Counter-Strike: Source. So we took that same idea and brought it to console gaming. It’s a proven way of teaching people how to play like the pro’s so we really tried to expand the concept into new areas.
Back when I was in high school, I tried to go pro in Halo 2 and failed. I had a team of four people with me. We appeared to be above average and we had really high expectations. So anyway, we tried to go a tournament but to my surprise we got eliminated in the first round. I really couldn’t figure out how they were so much better than us. And then about 3 years later I decided to pick up Forza 2, right off the bat I added some of the best players to my friends list which I could not do in Halo 2. So, the difference between my failure in Halo 2 and my success in Forza 2 wasn’t how much I practiced or my ability, it was that I couldn’t connect with the top players in Halo 2 and learn from them and that’s really what this site is designed to do. Gaming Logic bridges the gap between the players and pros.
I think there’s three important parts that go into becoming a professional gamer, how much you practice, who you learn from and play with, and practicing the tournament rules and gametypes.
What can you expect to recieve if you purchase a Premium Membership?
Basically with a Premium Membership you get weekly content. On the 1st, 8th, 15th, and 22nd of each month you get the full commentaries by the pros for all the games we cover. So, if we’re covering Halo 3, COD4, Gears of War 2, Forza, you get commentaries for all those games. Then twice a month, on the 1st and 15th, you get an article discussing strategy. These articles might be video articles, or text articles, that basically cover tips and strategies that you might not know. Also, the pros are going to do a blog each month so visitors or fans can keep updated with the pro’s life and what’s going on with them. You get access to the premium section in the forums where the pro’s frequent, answering questions and talking to players. You can also give input and talk about what you’d like to see in the future.
I don’t want to sound like an assistant on an infomercial here but, correct me if I’m wrong, if you’re just the casual gamer looking for that quick tip or trick on how to better your game the basic membership is for you. But if you’re looking for something more in-depth and you may want to go pro or just to play competitively, Premium Membership would be for you?
Yeah, definitely. Premium membership is going to start out somewhat small because we’re just coming out with content for the first time, but as time goes on you’re going to have access to a wealth of information that’s going to take your game from nothing to something in way less time than ever possible before.
Sounds fantastic, when do you plan to launch?