Category: gaming


Traces Cover

Arranged this a while ago with some friends.  Hope you guys like it:

 

Traces is written by Laura Shigihara

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Today, upon checking some eSports sites, I came across this motivational poster:

So inspirational -sigh-

For those of you not familiar with Starcraft pro-gaming, Lim Yo Hwan is a professional gamer who played since the BroodWar days.  His ability to control (micro) and tactical smarts allowed him to take what was viewed as the weakest race (Terran) as his weapon.  In short, he’s the legend of Starcraft as an eSport.

Back to my adventure on the internet.  What does America have to offer?

This.

New Keyboard!

After a long hiatus, I finally have a  reason to write more stuff!  I just got a new keyboard!  I do a lot of gaming, and during the summer I am actually practicing my Starcraft 2.  I’ve been playing on some mid-range keyboards until now, when I decided to make the switch to mechanical.  I don’t regret it.

If you don’t know, most keyboards today (regardless of all the fancy gadgets provided such as wireless, USB hubs, and lighting), are rubber dome keyboards.  They are relatively silent, and cheap to produce.  Unfortunately during fast typing or in SCII, repeated presses of a button makes it feel ‘soft’, and soon it becomes hard to discern whether or not a button has indeed been pressed.  Mechanical keyboards on the other hand literally have a littler switch underneath each button that give resistance and hence, audible feedback.   This might seem counter intuitive, but the increase in resistance (but half the distance needed to deliver a keystroke) actually makes typing much easier.

The keyboard I got is the Razer Black Widow ultimate.  It is on the pricey end and alternatives (such as the SteelSeries 6gV2) can be found for less.  My decision for this board is because of the fact that it has backlighting, which is key for late night gaming and LAN parties.  I love this keyboard, how it feels, how it sports no extra gimmicks (no extra ‘media buttons’ and lights), and is just a simple, solid keyboard.  Oh yeah, Mechanical keyboards last much much much longer than the rubber dome keyboards.

I have several other posts that I am working on, a lot on the development of eSports in America and also I was able to work on arranging the Katamari March, so the sheet music might be up here in the near future.

So I’ve been busy lately because I was organizing a live event for the finals of our Starcraft II tournament.  Here is a pic of our turnout:

All seats taken, standing room only

This surpassed our expectations, with over 120 people in the room, despite there being a basketball game (sweet sixteen) that night.  Let me introduce our players:

For third place we have

FGiSignals, playing as Protoss, and his opponent:

llamma

llamma, also playing as Protoss.  Both players are in the top of their Master League divisions, and are some of the best in the school.

For 1st and second place, we have:

VaiOZ

VaiOZ, a terran who went from prelims to the finals.  He plays against:

aechmil

(In the foreground)  Aechmil, a master league #1 Terran player.

To guide us through the night we had Doppler, our founder and excellent SC player, with Heyoka from teamliquid.net working the camera

also casting is our current president ObiWan:

The replays are here. Our next step?  A larger tournament 🙂