I’ll be honest: I know very little about video games. There have been times when my main man Luigi and I have rocked the courses of “Mario Kart” but most the time I am being yelled at by that mushroom cloud guy for going the wrong way on the road. So sitting in the darkened studio watching the first-ever “Video Game Olympics” between the Smosh Games gamers and Node was like walking into a whole new world (You’re welcome for that, Disney lovers).
From the Node side: Freddie Wong, Brandon Laatsch, Sam Gorski, Niko Pueringer, Amra Ricketts and Chad Neidt stepped up to the plate. Adversely, Smosh brought their power players Anthony Padilla, Ian Hecox, Mari Takahashi, Joshua Ovenshire, David Moss and Matt Sohinki. The entire group was then broken up into two teams — each made up of a mixture of Smosh and Node players — who spent the afternoon furiously competing in “Mario Kart,” “Super Smash Brothers,” “Just Dance” and a final game that has yet to be revealed. Sure it was all fun and giggles in the beginning but the second the controllers were in hand, the teams did not hold back on the smack talking and sneak attacks.
The gaming olympics were broken down into four rounds — one round per game — with each game being played twice by different sets of players from each team. The winner of each game received a point for their team, and the group with the most points won not only bragging rights until the next “Video Game Olympics” but also a trophy of a golden controller mounted on a wooden base. On May 10, the two-part video of the “Video Game Olympics” will be released onto the Smosh and Node YouTube channels for fans to cheer on their favorite teams to the gold.
Despite being from different gaming networks, the guys and girl of Smosh Games and Node created the “Video Game Olympics” because of their shared love of video games. The collaboration was created to remind fans that the best kind of gaming isn’t done alone in front of your computer screen, but done in person, laying on the living room rug surrounded by a group of friends.
And what did a non-gamer like myself take from the event? Lessons on love and loss from Brandon Laatsch, hair tips from Anthony Padilla, advice on dating a gamer from Freddie Wong, and an amusing tale of riding ponies across a baseball field by one Ian Hecox. Yes, a good time was had by all. So mark your calendars and tune in to see your favorite gamers go head to head in the most intense video game competition YouTube has ever seen.
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