It was just about one year ago that we last scoured the Interwebs for new writers for the 2old2play homepage. Wow, time flies! As with any "volunteer" position, people come and people go based upon their availability and free time.
With E3 quickly approaching and all the next-gen console news streaming in, we could really use a few more people to join our writing staff. If you love to write, then get your words chopped up and spit on by your fellow gaming peeps, then we have a job for you! Oh, did I mention that we also pay well? No? Well that's because we don't. BUT you do get access to lots of gaming news, game previews and even some review copies of games from time to time.
If any of this sounds good to you...first, go seek professional help. After that, come back and read on to see how you can share your words on the 2old2play homepage.
If you meet the basic requirements and would like to further pursue this delightful opportunity, send our Editor-in-Chief an email via tiffany(at)2old2play.com by May 13, 2013.
In the email, please include the following:
Feel free to email me if you have any questions in regards to this opportunity. We hope to see some great applications! Many thanks to all who have contributed to the 2old2play over the past year!
NOTE: You must be eligible for 2o2p membership by being 25 years of age or older.
For those of you not aware, 2old2play was prominently featured in The Wall Street Journal this morning. While the article tended to focus on our age and inability to keep up with younger gamers, our leaders Joel “Doodirock” Albert, Derek “DSmooth” Nolan, and Tiffany “ElektraFi” Fary kept the article focused on the site, rather than our age. The Wall Street Journal wisely edited LBSutke out of the article.
I don’t believe that we are too old to compete, but we are too wise to play with children. Gamers are aging, whether we like it or not, and while we are not ready for the retirement home, we realize that gaming is more fun when you play with grown ups. Thanks again to our wise elder council for presenting the site as a place for adults to play. Awesome job, gang!
It's another 2old2play Poker Night! Wednesday, January 16th will be a site wide poker tournament in the Xbox Live Arcade game Full House Poker! Beginning at 9PM EST, there will be tournament tables set up with up to ten players a table.
There will be as many games as it takes to seat everyone that wants to play.
What is Full House Poker? It's an Xbox Live Arcade game of Texas Hold 'em that uses your avatar and is somewhat regularly supported by FREE DLC. The game costs 800 MSP to download, but that is the only money you'll be putting out; chips are earned in game and they cost NOTHING! Our tournament will have a $1000 buy in and will consist of 3 table set ups, with the winning chip leader advancing in a bracket system to the next round. There will be as many rounds as it takes until there is only one winner. Since there can be a maximum of 30 players per tournament set up, I might need some volunteers to help run extra games. Don't worry though, whoever is running the game can still play.
Please post here if you plan on attending, have any questions, or would like to volunteer to run a game. If you're still unsure of the game, there is a free demo of it in the marketplace, or it can be downloaded here. The game features level advancement, avatar awards, and hours of fun with your friends (and fellow 2old2players.) The game is also cross-compatible with the Windows Phone version, so chips and experience points you earn in one version carry over into the other. I hope to see you there!
For the first time in 2o2p Histroy the Halo and Forza community will share a battlefield and compete against each other in two different game enviroments. Can Halo players take a turn at 110mph in Forza? Can Forza players score head shots in the Halo universe? Join us as we answer this epic question.
What is this?
Its Team Forza V Team Halo.
There will be 5 matches of Forza and 5 matches of Halo.
Everyone will score points in all rounds. Once all 10 rounds have been played on both games everyones points they have scored will be added to there respective team's total.
The Team with the most points win!
What Game's are you using?
Forza Motorsport 4 and Halo Reach
Do I need any DLC?
When is this?
Saturday the 20th of October at 21:00 BST
How long will this last?
We are aiming for 1 hour on each game.
Who are the team member's?
Its currently 7 v 7 with a spot for anyone to drop in on the night.
The scoring is pretty easy on this one. Unfortunately though if you are the 1 starting IT car you come 10th (It is randomly selected though), then the next car that gets hit comes 9th then 8th ect ect
How are points scored?
To keep it simple only the top 5 members from each team will score points and they are as follows:
Once the top 5 finishing members points have been collected from each team the remaining players (IF any) from that team will be dropped from the standings.
If there is a Team game where no Single player has a defined finishing position the winning Team will score 5 Points for that round and the loseing team will score 0.
Can I still join this?
If you have Forza 4 and Halo Reach YES!
If you are unsure about anything just head over to the forum topic and get involved!
On Oct 26th 8pm to 11pm EST, 2o2p will be hosting an XBox Live Community Playdate. We'll be playing MW3 with the rest of the Xbox Live community and urge everyone to come and join a room. If you're interested in hosting a room of your own, make sure you PM Lala Calamari and request to be put on the hosting list.
The more Room leaders that can set up the games we more we can help share our community with the rest of Xbox Live. The formate will hopefully be Private matches with a mix of 2o2p and the public. This give friends the opportunity to still play with fellow clan mates, but also share the time with new members looking to join 2o2p.
The volunteers will need to step up to run rooms and to get the public in the games. Your gamertag will be put on the XBox Dashboard and you will be getting Friend Requests and messages from the public. You will probably have to clear out your Friends list to do this (just re-add after the night), or create a new Live account. We will also need site members to be in the various rooms to help promote the community.
Saturday, August 25th will be a site wide poker tournament in the Xbox Arcade game Full House Poker! Beginning at 9PM EST, there will be tournament tables set up with up to ten players per table with as many games as it takes to seat everyone that wants to play.
What is Full House Poker? It's an arcade game of Texas Hold 'em that uses your avatar and is somewhat regularly supported by FREE DLC. The game costs 800 MSP to download, but that is the only money you'll be putting out; chips are earned in game and they cost NOTHING!
Our tournament will have a $1000 buy in and will consist of 3 table set ups, with the winning chip leader advancing in a bracket system to the next round. There will be as many rounds as it takes until there is only one winner.
Since there can be a maximum of 30 players per tournament set up, I politely request some volunteers to help me set up the games. Don't worry though, whoever is running the game can still play. A thread is being set up to determine how many players are going to participate and how many tables will be needed.
If you're still unsure of the game, there is a free demo of it in the marketplace. The game features level advancement, avatar awards, and hours of fun with your friends (and fellow 2old2players.)
I hope to see you there. If there is a big response, I'll gladly do this on a regular basis.
You've heard rumbings about a kickstarter, seen twitter posts, saw it on TnT, and heard it on 2old2type, but now the official Chicago LAN annoucment is here. After 2 years the LAN will be back November 9-11 at the Hyatt Hotel in Schaumburg, Ill.
If you hadn't noticed, last year 2old2play decided to skip the LAN party due to a poor economy. A lot of people were pretty bummed and on a personal note I felt like we missed out on an opportunity to jump-start the community. There is no question that things around 2old2play have fragmented. Clans left, others isolated, and we lost the sense of overall community that we had in years past. The LAN always had a way of sealing these fragments and revitalizing us as a whole
So this time around we set out to create a LAN party for the community at large. In order to do this we felt the need to hold the LAN after a lot of new titles were released. Previous LANs were set in the middle of summer which generally meant a dead zone for new gamers. For 2012 we're holding the LAN just 3 days after the release of Halo 4 on November 9th -11th! This means a completely new game for the community to play on top of the other great titles coming this fall like Guild Wars 2, BorderLands 2, and others.
As mentioned above, Halo wont be the only game at our LAN either. We're looking for other community leaders and clan members to support their game. That means large Divisions like Forza, Mindcraft, CoD, BF3, and GOW3 will all be present. To help with this we're asking these clan and division leaders aid us in building events, races, and tournaments into our LAN schedule. So if you'd like to see your game at the LAN, shoot us an email email@example.com and let us know what your planning.
As with all previous LAN parties there will be a fee associated with the LAN to cover 3200 Sq.Ft. of space, networking, cables, power, Monitor Rental, speakers, internet, and more. However this year we wanted to try something different. As you can see at the top of this email we've decided to use Kickstarter to fund the LAN. Kickstarter is an all or nothing funding platform where we're able to set a goal to reach and need to reach that goal before our 60 days are up. If we don't reach the goal, the money is refunded and the project fails. However if the goal is met we get to move forward and build the LAN we've been waiting for.
Even if you don't want to go to the LAN, we've tried to set up a ton of options for site members. Whether it's clan shirts, banners, or the removal of site ads we tried to put something within Kickstarter for everyone. We hope that this fund won't just help to build a LAN, but to also secure the cost of 2old2plays servers and development for the year to come. 2old2play has always survived on the generosity of our members and while ads do exist they do very little to carrry the burden server fees, coding, and hardware.
Another thing we want to do to ensure more clan support is offer free admission to the LAN to any clan leader on 2o2p. It's important that clan leaders on 2o2p are given the tools to bring their clans together and hope this will be a way for them to take an opportunity to meet up with their members and other 2o2p gamers. All you have to do is be in a clan of 15 or more with a creation date before May 2012 and you're in for free. If you'd like your ticket send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org for more info. If you've already purchased a ticket to the LAN via our Kickstarter fund, then we will be sure to refund the cash upon request.
The LAN will take place at the Hyatt Regency Schaumburg, Chicago on November the 9th - 11th. Hotel reservations can be booked by using our group rates code at the following link: https://resweb.passkey.com/go/2Old2Play. Booking without using our group code means we are not properly counted for each night we stay which raises the cost of our LAN room significantly so please use this link! As for location, the Hyatt is situated in downtown Schaumburg and is only minutes away from Chicago's, O'Hare Airport. Transportation to the hotel must be done via cab service as there are currently no shuttle services available. For more information call 1-847-605-1234. Room rates for 2old2play include King Beds for only $75 a night with Doubles at $85. This is a nice change from our normal $120 rate we've paid at other hotels in previous years!
If you have any other questions about the LAN, please don't hesitate to email us at email@example.com or better yet, visit both the KickStarter page or the 2old2play LAN page for more information. Also, feel free to leave a comment on the page as we plan to check it often with added information. Thanks so much for the support and I can't wait to see you all at the LAN!
P.S. On a personal note I'd just like to say thank you so much to all the clan leaders, division heads, writers, editors, admins, mods, and staff that help 2old2play to run. While members come and go you continue to stick around and keep 2o2p a place for older gamers to enjoy their hobbies. I know how tempting it can be to utilize the 2o2p resources and leave, but you continue to help us thrive. Though we often don't get the chance to game together one on one, we share a passion for gaming with the friends we've made. Whether 2old2play is 100 or 100k, I'll keep the lights on for ya. Thanks
- Jay "doodirock" Albert
A friend of the site and new 2old2play community member, Gabriela “atiyana” Richard, is conducting a study that seeks to understand video games and experience to inform educational game design. The survey is one part of her doctoral thesis at New York University, but it is the biggest part. That's where our community comes in!
If you have some spare time over the next month, please go to: https://sites.google.com/a/nyu.edu/gaming-survey/ and fill out the survey. Completing the survey should take between 30-40 minutes and those that participate will be entered into a raffle to win one of several prizes. Even if you personally don’t care about education, I bet you do care about winning prizes, so here are the items you could win for completing this educational survey.
PlayStation Vita (2 avail.)
Xbox 360 250GB (1 avail.)
PS3 160GB System (1 avail.)
ASTRO A40 Headset (2 avail.)
$100 Amazon Card (2 avail.)
$75 Amazon Card (2 avail.)
$20 Amazon Card (many)
$20 PSN Card (many)
1600 Microsoft Points (many)
You have until July 27, 2012 at 11:59pm EST to complete the survey.
If you have any questions about the study, the incentives or your participation, please contact Gabriela Richard directly via email at gabriela at nyu.edu. You can also find Gabriela on our site under the alias of atiyana.
I’m extremely pleased to announce that as of the beginning of May, we now have 14 people on the 2old2play Writing Staff, including myself. With our latest call for writers, our staff doubled in size! As with our previous batch of writers, we have some very familiar names in the mix, as well as a few 2o2p newbies. Please give them all a warm welcome as only we know how to do!
Tim “ChunkySoup” Dorscher started his gaming career with a bit of luck. His Tiny-Mite hockey team had a “pay what you pull” draw that netted his parents $300. The next morning, his parents foolishly let the family put their wish lists in a hat and drew a name. That fateful day started it all as not only was his name picked, he came home with an Atari 2600 with Combat and Dodge’em. Many consoles and PC upgrades later, he still likes blowing stuff up and refuses to use his brakes. He loves playing games on his own or with his two kids, fetch with his dogs and sitting on the couch for a little co-op gaming with Mrs.Soup.
Delano, aka Mark Del, is a 30-year-old gamer hailing from Johannesburg, South Africa. Working in IT, his interests include games (naturally), computers, music, art, reading, history, languages, religion and politics. When he's not working on computers or playing games, Delano will often be found immersed in the works of Harry Turtledove, sketching or spending time with friends. Delano's platform of choice is the PC, although he owned a NES and a Sega Megadrive many moons ago. He has a keen interest in FPS and platform games, and is a particular aficionado concerning the indie scene.
We're looking for more older gamers to add to our extremely exclusive 2old2play Writing Staff! We're in most need of people that can quickly write up relevant Gaming News, but we'd love to have a few more Game Review and Editorial Writers as well. Unfortunately this is not a paid position, other than in the undying admiration of your fellow 2o2p community members. If interested, read on!
If you meet the basic qualifications and would like to further pursue this wondrous opportunity, send our Editor-in-Chief an email via tiffany(at)2old2play.com by May 1, 2012.
In the email, please include the following:
* a sample (or link to a sample) of your writing
* the game platform(s) you’re most familiar with (Xbox, PS3, PC, mobile, handheld, Wii)
* the types of games you’re most familiar with (Shooters, RPG, Adventure, etc)
* how often you’d be willing to write content (daily, weekly, bi-weekly, monthly)
Feel free to email me if you have any questions in regards to this opportunity. We hope to see some great applications!
NOTE: You must be eligible for 2o2p membership by being 25 years of age or older.