This is Why You Should Attend Gaming Events...
Just over a year ago I had applied for vVv Gaming, not really knowing anything about competitive gaming or what vVv even was. To me, I was just a MMO gamer looking for a guild to call home. At first I was actually quite skeptical about a guild that would call themselves vVv Gaming as it sounded more like a business rather then an actual guild name. In time, I had made quite a few friends within the community, learned about the state of competitive gaming and eventually took on the prefix vVv for myself. This last year has been quite an interesting trip for me, I've had both good and difficult times, but when I came to the forums or vent, everything else would just go away. But even after all of that I wondered... who are all these people I now considered friends? In a mere two and a half days, that question answered itself.
I headed to Washington D.C. last weekend with quite an open mind, both towards the MLG event and about all the members of vVv that I would soon meet. At first it was kind of an awkward moment, I was walking all around National Harbor and yet I didn't see one person with a vVv logo. Thankfully I had technology on my side! I hopped onto my phone and started posting on twitter and the shoutbox trying to figure out where everyone was. Suddenly I got a call from Paradise and he told me everyone was across the street at a different hotel. “What the Hell?!”
Well it was partially my fault, I did just fly across the entire country over night and didn’t even bother to ask where everyone was staying. All the wandering and confusion was forgotten as I finally met with Paradise. In a way it was almost surreal as this was my first time meeting him and yet, we were talking as if we were old friends. Over the next few hours I was introduced to nearly 40 members from vVv... it was almost overwhelming.
After one of the largest gatherings of vVv T-shirts possibly ever, we all went over to the venue. It was actually quite impressive; even though a majority of the floor was dedicated to Halo, there was still plenty of room for the fighting games and, my favorite, StarCraft 2. Taking everything in so rapidly was overwhelming and it became apparent when I kept losing track of time and even where people were. But there were still more people to meet, Oh yes!
I introduced myself to vVv Roar and all of his guys that recently came over from Quantum Gaming. These guys were a great group and it was actually amazing how similar they were in ideals with vVv. It is great to finally have a Starcraft 2 Division to cheer on! Then there was Jolly and Kraftdinner... I don't know how they did it but they managed to sneak up on me and grab me from behind. Just being able to meet and converse with everyone was worth the trip alone.
After some time I was able to get back to a level head and pay attention to several matches that were going on. At one point I had been watching vVv Time playing Starcraft and started talking out loud using a lot of SC2 terminology. It seems Jolly was listening so he jumped right in not really having a clue what I was saying. The conversation became quite entertaining to me as suddenly I was explaining different strategies and terms, I almost felt like a pro giving lessons. About 30 minutes later I was watching vVv Ambush in a scrim. At this point vVv Roar came up and started asking me questions about Halo. I started discussing the different map types, how halo is setup competitively... and then i caught myself. I had been teaching other vVv members about games they don't play so they can understand how to follow these games.
A few more hours past, a lot more conversation and laughing, but I was finally beat. I had been going nearly two days with only around two hours of sleep I managed to get on my flight over. It was time to call it quits... what a crazy first day.
...And it seems I wasn't the only tired person. As I woke up, everyone else was still dead asleep in my room. Around noon most of the crew was up and we managed to go around and watch some of the Halo and Smash players go at it. Saturday was a great day as something I have always loved about vVv had come out a few times this day, and that is how much we support each other. If you were not at the event there are quite a few photos you can find where there is a sea of vVv all watching one of our members or teams play. It made such an impact that I had several gamers approach me over the course of the day asking questions about us. These questions actually caught me off guard as it was really hard for me to explain what exactly vVv gaming is in a mere 30 seconds that I have someones attention.
Saturday seemed to have gone by incredibly fast as it quickly became 6pm... and there was one thing on most of our minds, The District. With everyone excited to go out, there was almost too much confusion along with rushing to get things finished, and it took nearly three hours to finally get out of the National Harbor area. I got somewhat lucky as I got to ride in the Funvee (Keara, Paradise, and Cheese) which helped bring out the “I don't give a fuck” side of me. Over the next hour many people started to show up at the club, we moved upstairs to a special VIP section and started to get our drink on. Jolly was an amazing host as he set all of this up for us, and even after many thanks his only reply was that he was happy we all had such a great time.
… Well I guess I should say most of us. Poor Zero drank far too much and got sick, Keara got completely smashed (or so I hear) and at some point Fedora lost a tooth... WHAT?!?! It was quite a crazy night but thankfully as it ended, everyone ended up taking care of each other and all of vVv got home safe. The next morning was pretty rough on both myself and zero as I had to continually talk him into getting out of bed, probably still ill and with a massive hangover, to get on his flight that he strangely booked for 8:30 in the morning. That should be a lesson to everyone, never drink the night before you have something important to do!
Sunday went by almost too fast. I had checked out around noon and helped others load up their cars. Those that were left went back to hang out at the venue for a few hours that passed by in what seemed like minutes. 2:30 rolled around and it was finally time for me to leave. It was almost hard to say goodbye to everyone, but this weekend had to end some time. I found those that I could, said my goodbyes, and headed off to the airport.
As I sat in the airport I had a lot of time to think back on all that had happened in the last two and a half days. It was hard to organize my thoughts as so much had happened, it was almost like an incredible dream. My emotions got the better of me and tears crept out of my eyes. This truly was one of the greatest weekends of my entire life; sadly these two pages just cannot justify how great last weekend was.
Special thanks to:
Jerry - Without him I would never have even had this opportunity.
Jordan - You work your ass off and I was impressed at how much you get done at events. Pure amazing.
Matt “Jolly” - Still one of the greatest guys I have ever met and a true friend... but you don't need to call me every other day now XD
Anthony “Kraftdinner” - A very genuine and awesome person to be around.
Lee “Brock” Mike “mDaWg” and Josh “Zero” - Thank you for rooming up over the weekend, it was great to get to know all of you guys.
Jason “Paradise” - you have been nothing short of a great friend to me, and I truly appreciate it.
And of course thank you to everyone who attended MLG D.C. I am glad to have finally met so many of you and I am happy to be apart of such an amazing community. I only wish I had the time to speak with more of you!