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      New Supersonic Series Start Time   10/17/2016

      We would like to thank everyone who participated in our recent survey regarding the start time of our tournaments.  After reviewing responses from the survey sent out to tournament participants we have decided to make changes to the start time of our events to try to better accommodate everyone.  Beginning on Monday, October 24th, all of our tournaments will start an hour earlier - at 8PM Eastern.  This means that registration will close at 7:30 EST, and that check-in starts at 7:30 EST and closes at 7:45 EST.


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  • Ballack

    Worlds 2015: Quarterfinals Fantasy Advice

    By Ballack

    Worlds 2015: Quarterfinals Fantasy Advice Ready for the knockout rounds? The group stages were filled with plenty of exciting games, favorites and underdogs prevailing, teams from North America letting us all down, and some good fantasy picks and some bad. As in everything in life its impossible to be 100% correct on my picks everytime. I use my analysis, price points, and match ups to determine who to pick and although it doesn't always work out, the process is still correct. If we could all predict what would happen we'd all be rich. I've been getting a lot of good feedback from people and I appreciate it all. Thank you for following and reading these blogs as I enjoy putting the information out there for you to use. Here are the odds for the quarterfinals from http://www.pinnaclesports.com/en/odds/match/e-sports/league-of-legends/league-of-legends-world-championship

      Origen, SKT, EDG, and KTR are the favorites to make the Semi-Finals. That said, SKT are the only overwhelming favorite while it is certainly reasonable to think that the other three match ups can go anyway. The best probable route to go is to stack up on SKT carries (marin, faker/easyhoon, Bang) and look for values in the other roles. Here are my favorite players for the Quarterfinals: SKT is the best bet. Fit Faker, Marin, and Bang in wherever you can. My favorite value players come from FW in the form of Karsa and SwordArt, who has been underpriced all tournament. I have a lack of faith in the midlaners, not because of their skill but because of match ups. There are a ton of really good matchups in the midlane Nagne vs. KurO, Pawn vs. Febiven, xPeke vs. Maple. I think you either pay up for Faker or save and go with Maple, who has been great quietly great this tournament with the most kills and second most assists for any mid laner. I'm staying away from FNC and EDG for the most part. It's interesting because their players are relatively cheap, but I think this will be a really close match up that is hard to predict one way or the other. It could turn into a very objective focused series (as FNATIC does like to do this at times) which would limit fantasy output. Vulcun: Top: Marin (SKT) ($1301)
    Jungle: Karsa (FW) ($1264)
    Mid: Faker/Easyhoon (SKT) ($1625)
    ADC: Bang (SKT) ($1514)
    Sup: SwordArt (FW) ($962)
    Flex One: GorillA (KOO) ($961)
    Flex Two: ssumday (KTR) ($1371)
    Flex Three: Score (KTR) ($1053) You use your three SKT spots allowed on the three carries, while paying up they should be worth every penny. You also get to fit two top lane carries into your lineup with Marin and ssumday. You save by using two supports to pay up for value elsewhere, Karsa has the second most kills and third most assists among junglers and score provides a cheap jungle option even though he leads Worlds in assists from the jungle role. Alphadraft: Top: Marin (SKT) ($8900)
    Jungle: Karsa (FW) ($6500)
    Mid: Faker/Easyhoon (SKT) ($8800)
    ADC: Bang (SKT) ($9100)
    Sup: SwordArt (FW) ($6400)
    Flex: Hojin (KOO) ($7100)
    Team: Flash Wolves ($3000) Again you use the three SKT carries. The rest of the lineup is quite cheap among FW players. I talked about SwordArt and Karsa above, but Hojin provides good value as his agressive style has him first in KDA among junglers at 8.4. Cheap team as always in FW, who could easily win their Best of Five against Origen. Draftkings: Top: Marin (SKT) ($7700)
    Jungle: Karsa (FW) ($5100)
    Mid: Maple (FW) ($6300)
    ADC: Bang (SKT) ($8700)
    Sup: SwordArt (FW) ($4900)
    Flex One: Score (KTR) ($6400)
    Flex Two: ssumday (KTR) ($6800)
    Team: FNATIC ($3900) This time you only get two SKT carries. Let's talk about that for a second. Draftkings does not combine Faker and Easyhoon into one pick, they're separated. Because of this, it's extremely risky to pick one or the other unless you are 100% sure that they are playing. If SKT vs ahq was the first match up of the week it'd be easier to get a handle on who was playing for SKT, but your lineup will lock after day one and if you stick Faker in while easyhoon is playing (or vice versa) you'll be paying the highest mid lane salary for no points. I'm going with Maple here instead and saving money. The savings go straight into ssumday to replace Faker's carry spot. With the leftover money I'm using FNATIC who are in a close matchup, but usually play objective focus in big games and that's where your team points come from.   Good luck and enjoy the Quarterfinals!
  • Magicmooch

    BlizzCon Americas Championship Qualifier - Heroes of the Storm

    By Magicmooch

    This weekend marks the next stage in the 2015 Road to BlizzCon Heroes of the Storm World Championship. China already punched in their two tickets to BlizzCon for eStar Gaming and Team YL, it’s now time to focus on the Americas Championship. The 2015 Americas Championship is being held September 19-20 in Las Vegas, Nevada at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Teams from all over North America, Latin America, Southeast Asia, and Australia & New Zealand will come together to battle it out in the Nexus for top glory and a trip to BlizzCon.   The group stage of the tournament is different than most group stages out there. According to Reddit User eSportsMatt (Blizzard eSports Coordinator) the group stage can be considered “a double elimination bracket with a twist”. Reddit user TheBrillo made a chart that gives a nice breakdown here:     In Group A, the first matches will consist of Tempo Storm vs Murloc Geniuses and Immunity vs Cloud 9. The winner of each match will move onto the “Winner’s Finals” of Group A and the losers go to the “Elimination Game” with the loser exiting the tournament. The winner of “Winner’s Finals” moves onto one side of the playoff bracket, loser drops to the “Lower Finals” where they will face the winner of the “Elimination Game” with the loser taking their exit. Winner of the “Lower Finals” moves onto the complete other side of the playoff bracket from their group-mate.   The same format takes place in Group B with the first matches taking place after the Group A elimination game. The matchups for Group B are Relics vs COGnitive and Furious Gaming vs Complexity. Saturday ends with both Group A and Group B Winner’s Finals taking place. Sunday begins with both group’s Lower Finals, with the Grand Final taking place the same day. The tournament will be a Best of 3 format throughout with the exception of the Grand Finals which will be a Best of 5.   Winner takes home a share of the $100,000 USD prize purse; $40,000 to first place, $24,000 to second place, and 3rd-4th taking home $12,000 each. Along with the prize money the top two teams will get their tickets punched to BlizzCon on November 6-7th. Action starts Saturday, 10am Pacific Time on the official Blizzard Heroes of the Storm Twitch Channel (link).  
    Let's meet the teams competing this weekend, starting with Group A.  
    Tempo Storm (North America)
    Dreadnaught - Support (Captain) Arthelon - Carry
    So1dier - Tank Kaeyoh - Carry
    Zuna - Flex  
    Tempo Storm are the unofficial powerhouse of the North America region. They qualified for the HWC Americas Championship back in June with their first place finish but then went on to finish first in the next two opens in July and August as well. As a matter of fact in the last 10 majors/minors Tempo Storm has gone on to place first in 8 of them and only dropped to 2nd place for the ones they didn't place first, pretty impressive stuff. You can thank the "star-studded" roster that Tempo Storm has managed to gather over the course of the young esports' life. Some of you may remember Arthelon as a solo queue monster in League of Legends. Some of the older players might remember him from a time before LCS when he played on teams like Monomaniac Esports and Meat Playground. Although Arthelon's League career did not amount to much, he is not unfamiliar with the idea of professionalism that is needed in an infant esport like Heroes of the Storm.   As for more star-power a lot of people will look at Zuna and ask "Hey, is that the guy from...." yes, it is. Zuna, former AD Carry of team Vulcan and XDG is no stranger either when it comes to esports. Playing on Vulcan, a team who finished 3rd in both the 2013 League of Legends LCS Spring and Summer splits, and later on XDG before the team was ultimately relegated only to never return. Despite this, Zuna showed that he can be a big time player in big time situations. Tempo Storm's victorious run can be credited to him. After Zuna joined the team on May 21st, Tempo Storm began their NA domination.
    It isn’t all about the star power though. Dreadnaught, captain of the team, has shown a top notch Pick/Ban phase in almost all of their matchups. So1dier and Kaeyoh are also extremely talented and this team as a whole seems to be the favorite going into this weekend’s tournament.  
    Cloud 9 (North America)
    DunkTrain – Support (Captain) KingCaffeine – Tank
    iDream – Carry K1pro – Flex
    Fan – Carry  
    Cloud 9 is another North American power that has shown some consistency in their lifetime. Although, usually taking 2nd place while Tempo Storm takes first, they are still a force to be reckoned with. Consisting of the roster formerly known as Cloud 9 Maelstrom, who after qualifying in July, dissolved Cloud 9 Vortex and unified under the singular Cloud 9 banner.   Boasting a roster of Heroes veterans, they are no strangers to the tournament scene as well. After placing first in last year’s BlizzCon exhibition tournament, Cloud 9 had a lot to replace after the departure of Zuna, Jintae, and Kenma. On July 30th, Cloud 9 settled on the roster (shown above) and has shown promise since. After the team changes, Cloud 9 has been a consistent top 3 threat in North America, winning the latest Heroes Major League hosted by ESL.   With this young and promising roster, Cloud 9 is looking to secure one of the two spots for BlizzCon in hopes of accomplishing their championship dreams.  
    Murloc Geniuses (North America)
    Faye – Carry CauthonLuck – Carry
    MadTiimmy – Support (Captain) Equinox – Flex
    Fury - Tank  
    Formerly of the team Evil Geniuses in the 2014 BlizzCon Heroes of the Storm show match, MG has gone through a lot of changes since April 1st. Coined “The Challengers” by Josh Bury of theScore eSports (http://www.thescoreesports.com/news/2383) the roster was acquired by Zeveron before the June/July/August NA Open events. Before the August Open, Zeveron disbanded and once again took up the name Murloc Geniuses. Although one of the top 5 teams in North America, MG have not had much in the way of success as of late. More or less “backing into” the America Qualifiers as the last NA spot because the teams ahead of them had already placed; first place Tempo Storm, second place Cloud 9, and Complexity finishing 3rd.   Despite the team changes and struggles throughout 2015, MG are looking to have a strong showing and hopefully make it out of Group A.  
    Team Immunity (Australia)
    Shy – Carry (Captain) Robadobah – Tank
    Sashin – Flex Naeiou – Flex
    Enalgon - Support  
    Team Immunity, unifying after their victory in the AU & NZ qualifiers (formerly Immunity White), are the champions of the AU & NZ region and are looking to represent the two Pacific Island nations in Las Vegas. While the team itself is fairly new, and the region itself is substantially weaker than the world as a whole, Team Immunity bring a fairly interesting playstyle to the Storm. Having two preferred Flex players versus the standard two carries that we see from other western teams brings an interesting element to their game. Being able to rotate roles of a Specialist/Carry on two members means Team Immunity can adapt quickly in a Best of 3 scenario.   Can the Aussies make it out of groups and shock North America?   Group B  
    COGnitive Gaming (North America)
    Scylol – Tank Hospital – Carry (Captain)
    Iakona – Support Glaurung – Flex
    iVSlime – Carry  
    COGnitive Gaming (also known as COG) are no strangers to esports as an organization but are definitely new to the Heroes of the Storm scene. Having only acquired a roster in May, formerly known as “Shot and the Bullets: Reloaded”, the squad showed immediate promise finishing no worse than 3rd in their first 2 months together. Unfortunately after the MSI MGA 2015 Americas Qualifier the team has fallen off in terms of performance, finishing no better than 3rd. With the roster moving to San Jose, CA with apartments close by and a practice area in between them, the team has an easier way to build in-person communication which can be huge for any new lineup. The team’s hyper-aggressive style has been a treat to viewers while sometimes being a detriment to the team as well. Despite their shortcomings, the team is looking to be a favorite coming out of Group B due to their style and their practice regiment.   Is this the tournament that COG makes a resurgence and takes a top spot to prove they are among NA’s elite?  
    compLexity (North America)
    Blinks – Support (Captain) Trummel – Carry
    CattlePillar – Tank H0ns – Flex
    Jaximus - Carry  
    compLexity Gaming. Another name that is very well known in the esports scene that jumps on the early HotS bandwagon. compLexity acquired the roster of “Barrel Boys” and saw a lot of success in the ESL weekly tournaments but failed to materialize any meaningful results in any monthly, minor, or major tournaments. After the departure of Erho to Stellar Lotus, the team took to Reddit to search for a replacement. Jaximus contacted the team for a tryout and was immediately a great fit for the squad.   With the addition of Jaximus the coL squad is looking stronger than ever. They are looking to make a big splash at this weekend’s event.  
    Relics (Singapore)
    Revenant – Flex Mirr – Flex
    Trinity – Flex Relyzer – Flex
    Zeys – Support  
    The Southeast Asian qualifier, coming out of Singapore, is Relics. They are a relatively unknown name in the Western scene, pulled off an impressive performance in the SEA Qualifiers by not dropping a single game until the Grand Finals, taking out Philippines Champion Bibingka 2-1. The squad also has a lot of interesting play styles. According to GosuGamers, all players not named Zeys played some combination of a Carry, Specialist, Warrior, or Tank hero in their 6 tournament wins. So what does this mean? Well it means Relics are an unpredictable squad with an obvious amount of talent. Will their wild playstyle result in a spot at BlizzCon?  
    Furious Gaming (Argentina)
    Nittt – Flex Megalomaniac – Tank (Captain)
    Kobu – Support Malheven – Carry
    DEUS – Carry  
    Furious Gaming have a very interesting story on how they got to the Americas Championship. They actually finished 3rd at the Copa America Championships last month, Brave Ozone took the top spot for the Latin America region. Unfortunately, Brave Ozone had visa issues and could not attend. In steps Furious Gaming, known for their Starcraft II clan, to try to grab a spot at BlizzCon.   Unlike North America teams, Furious Gaming love their specialists and will focus on hard pushing and gaining an early lead to stomp out their opponent.   Predictions:   Group A   For me, it’s an easy decision who is going to make it out of group stages in Group A. While Murloc Geniuses and Team Immunity are strong in their own right, I do not think they can hold a candle to Tempo Storm’s impressive Pick/Ban and Cloud 9’s team play.
    Winner’s FInals: Tempo Storm vs Cloud 9
    In the North America July Open Tempo Storm showed to be very strong, beating Cloud 9 2-0. Cloud 9, at the time Cloud 9 Maelstrom, was able to first pick away Zuna’s Zeratul in game 1 but unfortunately the “Double Mage” comp of Tempo Storm was too much to handle. Game 2 saw Cloud 9 ban out Zeratul and Tempo Storm ban out Jaina, but again Tempo Storm was too much to handle. I expect Tempo Storm to be the Group A first seed.
    Elimination Game: Immunity vs Murloc Geniuses
    Despite Immunity’s promise as a squad, MG just have too much experience under their belt to worry much about Immunity. MG moves on 2-1 to the Lower Finals.     Lower Finals: Cloud 9 vs Murloc Geniuses
    The last time these two teams met in tournament play only once before back when MG was known as Zeveron and C9 as C9 Maelstrom. It was a close set in the opening round of the tournament and both teams have shown improvement since then. I give the favorable edge to Cloud 9 in this one based off of player skill alone. Cloud 9 grabs the second seed out of Group A with a 2-1 victory.  
    Group B   This one is a bit closer. COGnititve is an impressive team. They had a lot of time to prepare so I expect them to come out guns blazing in their opening group game versus Relics. Furious Gaming is a bit of an unknown, and for what it’s worth, shouldn’t technically be here anyways. There is also the big question mark about compLexity’s new carry in Jaximus. Will he be able to bring is League of Legends skill into Heroes or is there still a lot of learning to do?
    Winner’s Finals: COGnitive vs compLexity
    These teams have met twice before this tournament, the NA July Open and the NA August Open with both teams winning a game. Expect this to be one of the closest games of the group stage by far as both teams are fairly close in skill level and strategy. coL still has a new lineup at the end of the day and because of this I give COG the win in this very close series 2-1 and matching up against Cloud 9 in the bottom half of the playoff bracket.
    Elimination Game: Relics vs Furious Gaming
    Poor Furious Gaming. I mean, they were able to go to Las Vegas which is awesome. Unfortunately, the best finish they had was 3rd in a relatively weak region. Being that Relics is a bit of a wild card, I expect FG to bow out of the tournament in this game. Relic takes this series 2-0 and moves on to play compLexity in the Lower Finals.
    Lower Finals: Relics vs compLexity
    Relics has the potential to pull an upset here. Being a relatively unknown team they have the element of surprise with their line-up of mostly flex position players. Expect a closer series than the experts think. At the end of the day though, I have to pick coL winning 2-1 and facing Tempo Storm in the upper part of the playoff bracket.  
    Grand Finals  
    Tempo Storm vs Cloud 9  
    Another rematch for these two teams. I mean, it’s hard to pick against consistency and these two teams have it. Tempo Storm consistently finished in first place with Cloud 9 consistently in second place. At this point, it’s almost irrelevant who to pick as a winner here as both teams get to go to BlizzCon on November 6-7th. For the sake of potentially being right and getting to brag (and potentially being wrong and sulking) I will have to go with Tempo Storm 3-1. Cloud 9 will make the first 2 games close, actually taking game 1. However, i think Tempo Storm is just the better team and that will show after their second series of this weekend.

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  1. 1. It's there for a reason

    Game developers are not lazy people, but coding takes forever. they won't make a room for no reason. They won't add that post to the area for no reason. Certain textures are, but the thing they're on is not.

    2. The item you get in a stage, Sees more use in that stage than anything else.

    You finally got your shock jump pad ability? Finally got that dominion rod? Chances are it gets used like hell in that level, and probably a couple times before it to hide a secret or two. But you won't have much use for it elsewhere most of the time. Still, should you be lost and unsure what to do, use the stages item.

    3. Check everything.

    Developers spread shit out. They want you to see all of their stage, so if there's something to collect in quantity (music notes, gold skulltullas, coins, tokens etc) it will be scattered all around the stage, make sure you look everywhere.

    4. It's not cheap, it's effective.

    If it wasn't allowed to be done in the game, it wouldn't be in the game. Sniper rifles, energy swords, things that have people shout in your ear "YOU NOOB" are often called 'cheap' weapons, and have people bitch at you. That's their problem, it's about who wins, you aren't cheating, you're just using a part of the game that they lack the skill to do anything about. Being called a noob is a sign of superiority over your opponent.

    5. Pick up everything.

    If it's not useful now, it'll be useful later. Has in part to do with rule 1. Stuff that seems useless at first, can eventually combine with other items, or be traded for better items along the road, megaman games come to mind with this.

    6. If the game has currency, that's usually the key to victory.

    Money. Always get money. No matter what, the best items in a game will cost you a damn load of whatever the games currency is, be it some sort of upgrade, a piece of armour, a gun, a character, it can vary greatly, but rest assured, money is the key to success in currency containing games 99% of the time.

    7. Learn your controller.

    Your controller has a lot of buttons, and they all do something. Sometimes more than meets the eye. Tapping a button instead of holding it (if you can tap fast enough) can shoot your gun faster, holding down a trigger while breaking can help you turn sharper, pressing a control stick only part of the way can make you use a different attack in a smash game. These things make the difference between consistent and inconsistent play. Learn how and why each button works including combinations and order of presses, and practice timing these things, you'll find you will get much better at the game much quicker.

    8. Read stuff online. But not walkthroughs.

    People tend to post good strategies online for things like bosses, and ways to improve your game, however the best way to make sure you remember where you're going is to learn the maps yourself. Never look up a walkthrough for a maze, or you'll rely on it for life, and not be as good as anyone who does it themself. They did it in order to write that guide, it's clearly possible.

    9. Someone is better than you.

    No matter how good you are, someone is better. You can never be the sole best person at a game, no matter how well you do in tournaments, no matter how many victories you snag in a row, even people like mew2king can be beaten by someone as simple as a random using a jigglypuff when the entire meta has nothing to do with countering jigglypuff use. Just because someone's a random doesn't mean you're better than them. Ever heard of Ramanujan? He lived over hundred years ago, a man in India, with no formal education. He had no access to any scientific work. He comes across an old math textbook and from this simple book was able to extrapolate theories that had baffled mathematicians for years. He created continued fractions, mailed a letter to Cambridge and went on to create some of the most exciting math theory ever done.

    10. The water level is the hard one.

    Every game has a water level, and it's usually the hardest one on the game, at the very least the most frustrating. Playing games that don't use air, or provide means to have unlimited air (sonic adventure two, banjo kazooie), are good games to play to practice the talent of spending as little time underwater as possible, and get used to the mobile limitations that come with it. Mastering aiming, moving, and effective play under water/on icy surfaces is an invaluable ability to have for most games. Even some FPS games incorporate it.

    As long as you know and abide by these 10 rules, you'll be good at every game by default right out of the gate, and beat all your friends who have equal experience in play. Now of course games have specific factors like aim in FPS, or rhythm in guitar hero, which must be practiced like crazy, but the same general principles apply, even in guitar hero, the expensive characters have guitars that make you lose hp less per note, and even in halo, the key to beating legendary is to know the maps like the back of your hand.

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    Tony (The Main Slayer) George (Frosty) Ryan (Beaver) Adam (Icevayne) Mike (Excels) Eric (Athlon)


    Hey guy's my first blog on vVv so I'm gonna try and make it a good one. Alright well I'll start from the beginning It was Wednesday night and George and Ryan were heading to my house so that we could leave on the same flight. So they get to my house around midnight or so and once they got their we just hung out and were talking about what needed to be done at the tournament and so on and after we watched a movie called "The Wood" because George said it was one of the funniest movies he's seen, so we watched it and I must say it was a pretty hilarious movie. Then we got to Thursday morning Ryan and myself had stayed up the full night so that we could fall asleep on the plane and we woke up my dad around 5 and left 10 minutes later we get to the airport and Ryan and George were starving so they went to eat at Chilli's while I made some last minute call's to make sure that our rides from the airport to the hotel was still on and it was, so after that was all cleared up I waited for them to get done eating and then we just boarded our flight. We arrive at Dallas at around 1:30 pm and we end up having to wait an hour or so for my friend to come get us because traffic that day was a little hectic. So after he pick's us up we end up going to his house and he didn't have an xbox or internet yet because he had just moved in, but hope was not lost we had Nintendo 64 and super smash bro. and Mortal Kombat so actually me Ryan George Tony and Mike started playing super smash bro. and I can't explain how much fun they had I didn't play too much because I was tired so I fell asleep on Mike's bed and I woke up to Ryan yelling at Tony saying "your in pikachu's world not kid" and I was so confused to what was going on. A little bit later George wanted to play Mortal Kombat and see if he still had the "stuff" so George played Tony and let's just say that George still has the "stuff" the first round he beat tony with a "Flawless Victory" and then somehow George still remembered the Fatality with Subzero. So later that day we ended up going to the hotel and meeting up with the rest of the team and we just hung out that whole night and went to bed.


    Friday morning we woke up me Adam Eric and Tony went down to the second floor to eat the free breakfast and oh man does a free breakfast taste good and I know that its free but surprisingly it was extremely good. So after we got done eating we went back to the room surprised to find out that our other teammates were still showering so we had to wait for that and i wanna say that it was about an hour for all of us to shower. So we get done showering we walk to the venue to see whats happening and say what's up to people and then we find out what time it starts and then we went back to Crowne Plaza to meet the vVv owners and we started heading back to the venue and most of the rounds are kind of a blur to me except for our last series with Swagger Like Us which ended up in a 2-1 series us losing which was such a great series we lost by one kill it was a bummer but there was nothing that could change what happened so we went back to the hotel and talked about what we wanted to do the next day and then went to sleep.

    So Saturday we wake up around 10am or so an me and Adam get up and head down to the venue to see how all the teams are doing in their pool plays but this is when I wanted to make sure that I was warmed up for when we played so I just started warming up at the BIC Flex FFA, I wasn't doing to good my first 2 times going in but I eventually got the hang of it and after the second time signing up started going on winning sprees. I ended up getting enough wins to be 5th place on the leaderboards so I told myself that I would come back in an hour, so I end up coming back win a couple games then are series is about to start against Young Money and I don't want to sound cocky but it was a relatively easy series so then we moved on to the next one against Cloud 10 which ended in a 3-0 our favor and then I had to rush to the Semi Finals in the FFA and I went over there and wasn't playing to hot on those tv's I actually came in 4th and barely made it to the finals but then our biggest competition of the night was coming up and we had to face Team Classic and my shot was so on that game I felt like nothing was going wrong that series at all and we ended with a 3-1 making it into top 16 and me officially being a pro player but I couldn't really celebrate with my team because I had an official for the BIC Flex FFA was waiting for me and telling me that I had to run to the main stage to go and get ready for the FFA so I grab my stuff and head over there to meet up with the other competitors and to be honest playing on main stage was real exciting since it was my first time and I had an awesome supporting cast in the crowd which if you watch the video of me winning you can hear them yelling for me to win it during the entire game which was just an amazing feeling because they had to be the loudest people in the crowd "hands down like 6:30" after I won I was just so happy I mean winning it by so much just solidify that I was the best player there because it wasn't close it was like the Patriots playing the Lions back in their 0-16 season it was just a blow out so it was just an amazing feeling. So after getting congratulated by everybody we went back to the hotel to get some rest for the morning.



    So it's Sunday morning and we got up like around 7 am and headed down to Mcdonald's to eat some food and after that we headed down to the venue and then warmed up against Hot N Mild and beat them almost every game. So we get up to play Warriors and we start off with a 2-0 lead then we just start playing bad and just getting lazy pretty much and they end up coming back and winning 3-2 which was a major upset to us so then we just were stunned and then we went to our first conso match against Door = Gym and 3-0 them with relative ease and then we went on to play Darkest Hour they went up with a 2-0 lead early and then we got our heads together and in an intense 5 game series we came back and won the series with an easy nexus win 50-36 I think and after that we just wanted too watch the rest of the games of the finals which is what we did. Big congrats to the top 16 teams and status quo. So the rest of Sunday night we just hung with everybody the entire night until we all had to leave the next morning which I can definately say we had a great time. Overall the event was a success in my opinion because now were set up for pool play and are gonna come in more prepared than ever for Columbus and it will for sure be the same roster


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    MLG Dallas 2011, where do I really begin with this event? I guess the best way to recap this eventful weekend would be to skip the uneventful Thursday and start on Friday in Dallas. Before going to the event we chilled out for a while, because we didn't want to deal with the super long line MLG always has for people to check in. We headed there around noon, and were able to catch up in the line with Jason, Keara and others near the front of the line. The line moved slowly forward, and we finally checked in and walked around the venue to see the new set up. It was pretty amazing. The only thing that I wish was different was to have the commentators more interactive with the spectators.


    We started warming up on the new the MLG monitors. If you don't have one yet, you need to go out and grab one. After warming up we grabbed something to eat since we knew it was going to be a long night. Our first round was a bye, so watched our friends playing. Round 2 and 3 were pretty easy for us and we won both series 2-0. Round 4 we played against Extreme Z, Killzone, Xile, and Napoleon. We dropped the first game of Element TS to them, and I know I played really bad that game. Despite our practice I wasn't fully warmed up for full screen. But no worries, cause after that loss we proceeded to take the next two games with ease. We advanced onto Winners Round 5 to face Cryptic, took both the games easily and won the series 2-0.


    To get into pool play we had to play Swagga Like Us. Game 1 was Zealot TS, which wasn't the strongest game type or map, and we lost like 50-37. Game 2 started out really slow for us, and we were really slow and inactive. Halfway through the game Frosty got everyone pumped and told us that we need to get into it or we were going to lose, plain and simple. We bounced back and won the game 5-3 (or 5-4). We were pumped for the next game which was Sanctuary TS. It was a back and forth game for the most, but we took a bad turn at the very end with some miscommunication and we lost the game 50-49, losing the series 2-1. That was one long and dreadful walk back to our hotel. We ended up being able to joke about the whole situation and kept ourselves in a good mood.

    Saturday came and it was mostly us just us standing around and watching people until like 6PM. We had a pretty awesome chant going for my team called "Who ate all the pies," saw some pretty insane upsets happen in losers bracket, and got some time to warm up against Hot N Mild. We got some good warm up games in with them and were ready to play our first match up. We ended up facing against Young Money for top 24. Game 1 was Sanctuary CTF and wasn't too much of a challenge (they

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    Hey guys & gals my name is Eric aka Athlon. I am the coach of the pro Halo team Active Rush. This is my first time ever writing a blog so just bare with me lol. Aw where to began? Well I have to say this event for me as a whole was one of the most fun events I have been to yet. Despite the fact that I lost my wallet and some other personal items which I will get to later, I had so much fun hanging out with my friends and teammates!

    Let's see, it all started with my trip from Orlando to Dallas. Let's just say that was not the best day to travel on. When ever I attend MLG events out of my state I always book a flight on Thursday and leave on Sunday to be safe. Good thing I did because when I woke up Thursday morning and looked outside my window it was pitch black in the sky. I turned on the news and learned quick that my area was under a tornado warning! It was like that all across central Florida. Needless to say my flight was delayed over an hour and I had a connection flight from Orlando to Atlanta. So of course I missed my Atlanta flight. So I was on stand by for the next 2 flights to Dallas. Thank god I was able to make the next flight to Dallas or els I would of had to stay at the airport till midnight and that would have sucked... But I made it to Dallas eventually safe and sound and stayed at the beautiful Magnolia hotel Thursday night. All my teammates where waiting on me so we could crash and get some good sleep for the next day cause we would have to work out way out of AM bracket for the first time in over 3 years.

    Friday morning came and we where already bonding really well together as a team. We all joked with each other and all our personalties seamed to click and be on the same page which made the weekend that much more fun. After we got some breakfast in us we head for the venue. Got a nice little morning workout for the 6 block walk we had to take to the venue, lol I'm just kidding it really wasn't that bad. So anyways we get to the venue and theres this massive line running all the way outside the doors and down the sidewalk. At first we didn't want to wait but we knew warm ups were soon and we wanted to play so bad so some awesome vVv people let us get up in the line with them. Thanks vVv! We eventually got there, checked in, and was ready to game. Our warms up went really well. Don't think we droped a single game to my knowledge. So thing where looking good already. Later on they started to call out AM bracket to start playing. We had a by for the first round and didn't have to play till round 2. We did really well through out all of am until our final match we had to play for the night. It was winners 6, Active Rush vs Swagger Like us. That was one of the most exciting series to watch and coach! The series was really close. We only lost to them by 1 point, 3rd game, Sanctuary slayer. Grats to SLU but we coming back for revenge come Columbus! All and all it was a good night and we where guaranteed top 28 no matter what. But we where not going to be happy with that placing what so ever, so we knew we had to bring our A game come Saturday!


    After that series we knew where where not out yet and we wanted to prove that we could bounce back for that very close loss and we did just that on Saturday. So Saturday came and we got to sleep in because we didn't have to play until later in the after noon for losers bracket. I think that worked out in our favor because of how late we went to bed Friday night. Boy did it show come Saturday. We did not lose to a single team all day Saturday! We warmed up against Hot n Mild. Played them 5 games and won 4 out of 5. Lost to them by 1 point on Nexus TS. We then had to face Young Money for top 20 and we 3-0 swept pretty easily. Then the big match came for us after that for top 16 and to become pro once again! Out match was against Classic. That series for me was so awesome to be apart of. They where our hardest challenge for the night skill wise, but our teamwork simply over powered them in the end. We ended up beating them 3-1 in the series and prevented them to have a pro seed! I have never been apart of a team that was able to do that before, so the feeling was just amazing! After that amazing victory we where guaranteed top 16 and have pro status once again! But that was not the only exciting thing that happened for us on Saturday. Our teammate Zeke aka P TiZyPe entered the Big Flex 4 FFA tournament on Friday and continued to play on Saturday. He did so well that he made the finals after our big match against Classic. So we all rushed to the main stage to watch him preform. It was so exciting to watch him because he was so crazily individually skilled and boy did it show! Needless to say the kid was on fire had the lead the entire game and never lost it! He ended up winning the whole thing by like 15-20 kills! He became the Big Flex 4 FFA Champion of Dallas and now has a free trip to nationals to compete in the Finals for the season and I believe $2,500 is on the line as well. Congrats to P TiZyPe on your win buddy, I will be there to route for you at nationals!


    So all in all that night was the best night for everyone! Our teammate won the FAA and we made pro and made a pro team become amateurs! The night just quit wasn't over for us. We hurried out of there to meet up with the rest of vVv at the meet and greet at a restaurant called the Cactus Jack I believe. We all showed up and saw the vVv family and the all welcomed us with a huge round of applause. That was one of the greatest feelings ever. I have to honestly say that I have been around since 06 and vVv by far is the best gaming community that I have been apart of. vVv showed us so much support over the weekend. They where there for all our big match ups routing us on! Having a crowed on our side means a lot and makes us preform so much better. So thank you so much vVv for showing all your support. I know I am so glade to be apart of the vVv gaming community and represent them at events and I'm sure the rest of Active Rush fells the same!


    After all our goodbye's was said and done we left the Cactus Jack to go back to the hotel to get some rest because we had to be up bright and early Sunday for our big match against Warriors for top 12! When we got back to the hotel I noticed my pockets felt light. I checked them and sure enough my wallet was missing! I started to freak out a little bit only because my ID and social security card was in there. I know I know you are never suppose to leave your social card in your wallet and I normally don't, but the only reason it was in the was because I just recently got back from a business trip and I needed it with me for paper work. Needless to say I forgot I left it in there. I was pretty sure it fell out of my pocket while we where on main stage routing for our teammate while he was winning the FFA. So I got up next day really early, headed down to the venue, first one there waiting for the doors to open. Hoping someone found it and was a Good Samaritan, I went to the info booth to find out if someone turned it in. I was very disappointed to find out nothing was turned in. Needless to say I knew what I had to do. I had to call the police and file a police report because I was from out of town and had no ID on me. I was going to need that report to get into my hotel Sunday night and my flight Monday morning. Luckily there was not much money on my credit cards to worry about money and my teammate George was so awesome about it and made sure I had money to get home. I owe you George! Long story short everything worked out. I checked to see if anyone made charge when I got home and none where made. I immanently canceled all my credit cards so I had nothing to worry about.

    When that was taken care of we had to prepare for our big match against Warriors! I didn't get to coach my team through warm up because I was talking to the police but oh did I make sure I was there for our Warriors series! The series started out strong in our favor. We had just 2-0ed them right off the bat! But boy did they bring the heat the 3rd game. It was Zealot Bomb and for some reason our communication started slipping. Warriors took advantage of that and was able to bounce back with a win. 4th game came and Warriors started off strong. They had the first flag cap but we instantly responded with our own! It was like that through out the whole match. Back and forth back to back caps. That game was so close we lost only because of a minor hick up at one point on communication. Something we our defiantly going to fix! So the series at this point is tied 2-2. We knew this was due or die for us, but I think at this point Warriors had more momentum on there side and was abusing the opportunity we gave them from our hick ups. Last game was Countdown TS. It wasn't even close. They absolutely dominated us that game. I don't exactly remember the final stats but I know they beat us by a lot. That loss probably hurt us the most because of the huge lead we had on them. Final series score, 3-2 Warriors. Congrats to you guys but we our coming back for blood come Columbus so you guys better be ready because I know we will be!

    The day was not over for us though. Our highest placing we can get now at this point was 13th and we did just that! In our first consolation match it was against Door = Gym. We had a depressed Frosty on our team that barely called out, but we still managed to get the "W"! Our next consolation match was against Darkest Hour! I was very surprised to see this team in the same spot as us. I saw many of the game play videos and watched them Live on The LAN Network. They looked really amazing, but if they where in the same situation as us then I knew we had a very good chance to beat them. With a very happy Frosty now in play from our last consolation match I knew we had this. I did get a little nervous when they took the first 2 games from us. But we pulled a Warriors on them and took 3 straight! IceVayne did a really good job at getting into Goofy's head and we made sure Naded could not catch fire or preform. After our victory you could clearly tell Legit was not happy. He gave us a sarcastic smile and fake applause. Sorry Legit that we proved we where better. With all that said and done we got 13th! Not a bad placing if you ask me considering we came in as a AM team and left pro with 2 new members, me and P TiZyPe!


    That night was all about celebrating baby! We went to the bar with the team had some Adios Motherfuckers and some shots! We all had a shot called a Gorilla Fart. I don't know if I will ever have that again because that was the first shot to ever numbed my lips. After that we all where pretty drunk so we decided to go to the strip club! It was a great time and me and my teammates had a blast! The only thing that sucked was that I had to be back by 3am so I didn't miss my flight. We all made it back and boy did I have the worst hang over. Totally worth it though, had an amazing time in general. The team bonding was great, our friends where awesome, and the vVv support was amazing! I can't wait till C-Bus baby! Expect big things from Active Rush come Columbus!

  2. As we all know Starcraft 2 introduced Pool Play (16 players) and an open bracket (256 players).

    The pool play consisted of 16 players based off the the previous 3 MLGs (DC, Raleigh, Dallas) which not all top players were able to attend and to add on that note the highest attendance of these events were 128 players (which took place in Dallas) the other two events only contain 64 players. Based on this it was very simple to get into the top 16 for this year, all you had to do was beat out 48 people. With tickets being available to everyone you would assume at least 24-36 of these people were actually ranked in the top 200 of battle.net/us. (I don't had the stats in front of me, non could I find them).

    So my name is joenubsauce, I went to DC and placed 25th (Rank points=90), man I was close to winning, and then placed 20th (Rank points=180) in Raleigh yeah, I then finished off the year placing 30th (Rank points=30) in Dallas! So at the end of the season I scored 300 points. This allows me to get placed in the top 16 for the Pool Play at MLG Dallas 2011. Why is this a problem? Clearly I'm not the best player (not once did I place top 16) in fact I got in this spot because people above me decided not to come to Dallas (Huk, Jinro, TT1, etc), so instead of being placed in open play I got bummed into pool play and NO matter how bad I am I can't place lower than 24th.... wut???

    So for instance the top 16 that went to this event were (in ranking order):

    (1) Root.KiWiKaKi(P)

    (2) dignitas.SeleCT(T)

    (3) LG.PainUser(T)

    (4) ROOT-drewbie(T)

    (5) LiquidTyler(P)

    (6) Root.SLush450(Z)

    (7) Root.qxc(T)

    (8) EG.IdrA(Z)

    (9) Sockeh(P)

    (10) LiquidRet(Z)

    (11) LiquidTLO®

    (12) Agh_Antec(P)

    (13) EG.Machine(Z)

    (14) EGiNcontroL(P)

    (15) dignitas.SjoW(T)

    (16) FnaticMSI-Gretorp(T)

    Some decent players but not all of them belong there, but its ok becasue if they don't belong there, the system will be able to force them out(or will it?). This is what happened after Dallas


    2. KiWiKaKi

    3. SeleCT-

    4. EGiNcontroL

    5. LiquidTLO

    6. Sockeh

    7. IdrA1

    8. FXOmOoNan

    9. SLush450

    10. GosuHuK

    11. ROOT-drewbie

    12. SjoW

    13. LiquidRet

    14. LiquidHayprO

    15. EG-Machine

    16. LiquidTyler

    17. FXOSheth

    18. Sixjax_Mihai

    19. Gret0rp

    20. Sixjax_ViBE

    21. qxc

    22. FXOpTiKzErO

    23. Agh_Antec

    24. Pain-User

    So out of 256 players (yes rather than competing for 16 spots against 64,64, and 128 people you muse now best out 256 people where only 4 will be moved into bracket play) only 4 of them will move into brackets to face off against the 16. You might be wondering why this is bad (lol?)....

    Basically if you are in the the open division you have a 1.56% chance to get into pool play, not only this but if you don't get into pool play you won't be able to get any real ranking points, which means your chances of finals just got lessened. While those players who started in pool play are safe and sound, as no matter how bad they perform they can only move into 24th place, which is quite a lot of rank points (110) this is compared to the 4 vVvMurDeR received for tying for 41st (yes it does not look good in retrospect, but think about it this way, if he was only competing against 64 people how high he would of gotten). [41/256=.16015] [.16015*64=10th] Obviously this all random as who knows what he could of finished it is simply looking at the total amount of players involved.

    This is a very rough and tired stricken rant, but I feel I got my point across and might grammar it up tomorrow. :alcoholic:

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    Hi everyone.

    On march 9th I ordered a Japanese White GameCube Controller, The seller told me that I will get my controller on my house, in 1 month. So I was like: Ok.... a lot of time.

    The Tsunami and Earthquake Happened on my FAVORITE country, I was Crushed...

    But now, i Get an E-Mail from the seller telling me that the Controller is in Chile! I was like... what??? Really?

    So yeah, somehow, My controller arrived anyway. I'm happy about that.

    It's funny how Japanese People always made me happy with their videogames, I just hope that my favorite country can survive Japan I <3 YOU! THANKS FOR MY CONTROLLER, SOMEHOW, I WILL RETURN THE FAVOR!

    Thanks for reading my blog!

    I accept any help with my English, Help is always appreciated!

  3. With the release of the Rock Band Network, there are hundreds of songs ready for you to download, but obviously not all are worthy of your hard-earned dollars. That's where we come in. vVv Adrenaline will release weekly reviews letting YOU know which songs are fun to play, which ones are great to listen to, and which ones you should avoid at all costs. Feel free to give us your opinions for the songs we've selected.

    vVv Adrenaline is...

    Guitar/Bass: vVv Brock

    Drums: vVv HellAshes

    Guitar/Bass: vVv GanonMetroid

    Vocals: vVv Tobias911

    Too Much - Soulive

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    I have to admit that I hardly ever find chord-heavy songs fun, especially when almost the entire song is strum notes, but I really enjoyed playing Too Much by Soulive. It's incredibly catchy and you find yourself really getting into the song that you find yourself enjoying the song rather than just focusing on the notes in front of you. There is also a guitar solo that does a great job of changing things up toward the end of the song. It's nothing difficult, but it adds a lot to t the song. Although I enjoyed playing bass even more than guitar, there's a lot of fun to be had on everything. I definitely recommend picking this up!- vVv Brock

    Difficulty: Rage2-5.png

    Fun: Happy3-5.png


    Oh boy, another funky song. You know what that means on drums. Awesomeness. Well, you'd think so anyway. This song is pretty easy to get into when playing on drums, but it doesn't vary itself enough to be entirely too fun. There's the occasional drum fill, but other than that, it sticks to the main beat, which is pretty fun in it's on right. There's a lot of syncopation and off beat snare hits in this tune, which brings me to another point I have to bring up. The charter for drums put the main beat in straight 8th feel when you can tell this song is meant to swing. It doesn't affect the chart too much considering I can still play it with the swing feel without missing, but it just something I need to point out. I would definitely check this song out if you want to try some funk-a-licious beats.- vVv HellAshes

    Difficulty: Rage2-5.png

    Fun: Happy3-5.png


    Hot damn, now this is soul. Listen to that groove - it's infectious. Such a great funk surely has an equally funky bass line to back it up, right? You're damn right it does! This song is filled to the brim with hammer-on patterns that just about any player could enjoy. The entire song goes all the way up and down the fret board, throwing your fingers across the notes - but still at a manageable (and therefore fun) speed. Do yourself a favor: pick up this song, trick your friend into playing guitar, and rock that bass. - vVv GanonMetroid

    Difficulty: Rage3.png

    Fun: Happy4.png


    Talk about your difficult songs to sing, this is a challenging one indeed! Too Much is the first soul, rock, and funk song I

  4. It is my lunch break so I thought I would write a lil something that I have been reflecting over the last few days...Why does the Defiant play so terribly on warfronts (instanced pvp)?

    For some unknown reason, whenever anyone runs a warfront the Defiant side seems to lose. Is it the players from Harrow or other servers? Is the fact we are all somehow inferior players compared to the guardians? Or is it something more? I plan to answer that very question.

    To begin, let me break down how a typical warfront begins. Players are flooding into the instance and right off the bat nobody communicates. With the exception of:

    Legolass@Harrow: Don't suck...

    There lies an issue. We as players set our standards even before the match begins. We assume that we do not have the skill or the tactics to overcome the other team. We set ourselves up for failure with our attitude.

    So the battles begins and we make a major offensive strike but sometimes it doesn't pan out. Either we are outgunned or not everyone got the plan. Thats when we get....

    Legolass@Harrow: ****, you guys can't play. GG

    Yet again team morale is lowered. Players like me generally then type in chat some sort of motivation but it falls on deaf ears. It is at this point where the team crumbles and everyone gets into this feral pack mentality. "If we can't beat them through the objective of the game, we will take as many of them down with us..." A very noble and stubborn mentality. It has its uses. Yet when there is still a chance that a team can pull out a victory, let's play with our heads and not our animal instincts.

    So the the match is over and we get end game commentary from our pal....

    Legolass@Harrow: You guys ****ing suck. Idiots...

    The irony is that Legolass did the least amount of work during the match. So spirits broken, we queue up for another match, already expecting defeat.

    So! You ask..."Avii how does one fix our situation?" I chuckle and reply "Simple...We create change through attitude and team communication!"

    Think of yourself as a pro athlete, well if your reading this, you're in vVv Gaming so we already have that mentality in our very being... See every match as a chance to redeem a lose. Or see every match as a time to hone your skills for end game content. Go in there with a positive attitude. Think "I am going to help my team win this match through (insert what you do best)". The next part is to make you team feel the same way.

    You must get your team thinking like that. You have to communicate the goal and tell the team how to do it. Be like a Roman general leading the mercenaries of the legion. Players look out only for themselves, so entice them by appealing to that side. A win for them...Is a win for you. Also do not forget this key rule. Other players are like sheep, bark out an order and 90% of the time people will follow it. Just make a logical order. So instead of jumping on your mount waiting for the match to start perhaps try this out....

    Avii: Group 1, you are on codex defense!

    Avii: Group 2, you are to tag the other points

    Avii: Group 3, you run around and gank guardians but help with defense, if needed

    Now sometimes this may work, and sometimes it won't work. Yet it is a step in the right direction, and that direction is in server domination. It's about time that the Defiant stood up and showed the Guardians why they don't fuck with us. So vVv Gaming members, lead the way in this Defiant revolution! Show Rift that we are here to entertain, educate and most importantly fucking dominate!

  5. Capcom, a very successful developer when it comes to video games with many great video game to comes out at top of my head. Resident Evil, Devil May Cry, Mega Man, Street Fighter, Marvel vs Capcom. (Well you get the picture.)

    As of lately they have dropped the ball and this where this turns into a rant and been wanting to get this off my chest lately. All of because one thing that drive most gamers bat shit insane, DLC (Downloadable Content)

    About a month before Marvel vs Capcom 3 was released Capcom announced that Jill Valentine and Shuma-Gorath will be available for DLC for the price of 400 MSP/$5 on PSN store.


    Why in the hell would you release DLC character upon a month after the game is released? That just spells LAZY.


    This isn't the only time Capcom was guilty of this, though. Upon a year after SF4 release Capcom decides to release Super Street Fighter IV. This I can forgive since it was released year later and gave a lot of content for only $30. But now Capcom decides to make Super Street Fighter 4 Arcade Edition and plans out giving the patch and extra characters for even more money.

    Are you trying to piss off your fans Capcom? Not only are you charging things for being completely lazy, but this can ruin the competitive scene since these DLC cost money and tournament organizers would have to pay money for several upon several consoles.

    I really hope you think about this in your future titles that are casual and competitive, thus concludes the end of my mini rant.

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    Hey everyone! Coach Small here. In this article I will address some of the common questions and misconceptions about the art of coaching a competitive gaming team. Understand that not every aspect of coaching will be addressed in this article. This is merely the surface of an in-depth field.

    The Job of a Coach:

    The job of a coach can be different for each and every team that coach is on. One of the initial conversations a coach should have with their team should be "What exactly do you guys want from me as a coach?" Discuss it with your team and see where you will best fit in. After that conversation, you should have a fairly good idea of the direction you are now headed in. If the team only wants you to call out power weapon times then you should spend time learning the times and the art of "dirtying" weapons. This should not be your only concern; however, it should definitely be a top priority. Familiarize yourself enough with the weapon times so that you are sure not to make a mistake. Any false call outs can ruin the outcome of the game!

    Coaches can also expect to take on somewhat of a manager role. This would include things along the lines of setting up practice times, scrims, or even handling and coordinating event funds and sponsorships. In my opinion, the coach should hold the team accountable for scheduling the hotel room and booking airfare. Keep your team on top of things so they are sure not to miss a deadline.

    Being prepared is one of the most important things in my eyes. Keep up with the schedule and game types so that you can keep your team informed and on task. Try to keep a packet together containing this information so that whenever a question comes up about when a team is playing or what gametypes they will be competing on, the information is easy accessible.

    Scouting out the competition is also a major role. This not only gives your team vital information, it helps show the players how serious of a coach you are and how much you truly care about the team's success. Obtain a great understanding of the opposing team's strengths and weaknesses so that you can be fully equipped to counter them. Taking notes on other teams is definitely a good choice. The information can be shared with the members of the team so that everyone has solid expectations of the upcoming match.

    Finally, keeping your team motivated is yet another factor that you can contribute. If you notice someone isn't calling out as much, help them out by calling out things they miss and spend the remainder of the time getting them pumped up and back in the game. Commenting on things like snipe headshots or out br's is the first step in the right direction. Remember to give your team support and do your best to give them the right attitude, mindset, and confidence.

    There are many other aspects to the art of coaching, but these seem to be the more important and more common approaches. Have fun with it and work hard.

    Qualities of a Good Coach:

    Coaches should be uplifting and dedicated. They need to have a great knowledge of not only the game, but also the team they are coaching and the opposing teams. A good coach is hard working and is opened to constructive criticism. Be reliable and be respectful of the team that you are coaching. You need to be someone that your team can count on and trust. Do your very best to establish a strong bond with the members of your team so that your teammates learn to trust your judgement in game allowing you to have a stronger impact and influence on the outcome.

    Coaching Equipment:

    Each coach has their own "system" of things they choose to take with them to events. The following is a basic list of items that I make sure I don't leave home without.

    * Headset

    * Clipboard

    * Method of Timing Weapons / Power-Up's

    * Schedule and Gametypes

    * Writing Utensil

    * Backpack for Convenience

    * Any other items you find helpful

    I hope you now have a better idea of coaching. If you are planning on becoming a coach, this should have given you an idea of how to best approach the unknown territory. Best of luck!

  6. Hello, vVv Members and DJ Hero lovers! For those DJ Hero fan(boy?)s out there (WOOOHOO MEEEEE!!!) we know that there is going to be a release of a DJ Hero 3. There hasn't been any clues yet to show us what will be in the game.

    In DJ Hero 2 that was released on October 19th, 2010(?) There were a few new features such as: Freestyle cross-fades, scratching and of course the freestyle samples that actually took samples from the song.

    Now, for some of MY ideas that i believe should be in DJ Hero 3:

    • Song creation.
    -I am pretty sure that song creation came into Guitar Hero World Tour for the first time. (Correct me if i'm wrong.) So why not make DJ Hero 3 have some song creation. That'd be really awesome and i'm sure it would create a more competitive experience for those who like to play other peoples' songs on GH. Don't you feel like if you FC their song or whatever, you get some good feeling like you totally raped their songs nuts? I'm not sure about some people, but that would be a pretty good feeling lol.. :P

    • Freestyle mode

    -A freestyle mode that will allow the player(s) to access Quickplay or XboxLIVE Battle Online to have an opportunity to show your real DJ-ing skills. What the player(s) must do is complete a whole song with JUST freestyles. Including Freestyle samples, Cross-fades, and freestyle scratching. The song will not have lyrics, but just a beat; the music without lyrics. 2 players can go head-to-head and test your freestyle skills, and whoever has the most successful freestyles and most points at the end of the song wins!(my friend actually gave me this idea, and i sort of put more details in it.)

    • More "Back in the day" Artists
    -We all love different genres of music of course, and some of us like modern day music, some like older music, and some of us just like both! So why not add in some more old-school Hip-Hop from back in the day. In DJ Hero 1 there was Jurassic 5, Tupac, ODB, and others. I am a fan of old-school and modern hip-hop and i really like the underground genre of some. What i want to see in DJ Hero 3 is some mixes with Tupac, Notorious B.I.G., Wu-Tang, Jurassic 5, and others. (Those are just some artists that I myself like.)

    • The real deal..

    -In DJHero 2 there was a bundle that gave you 2 turntables. What really disappointed me was that you weren't able to use them during Quickplay. So here's my idea: If you own, or plan on buying another Turntable, or you're just going to get the DJ Hero 3 bundle, you should be able to use those 2 turntables in Quickplay and XboxLIVE Battle Mode Online. It would test your real skill as a DJ. (Yes i know, being a real DJ is a tad bit more complicating :P) but this is for that real DJ feel. You'll have one turntable, the mixer(cross-fader, effects-knob, euphoria button) then another turntable. There also should be a separate leaderboard for those who will use the 2 turntables to see the best of the best!

    So yeah. Those are my ideas i have for the upcoming DJ Hero 3. If you have any ideas yourself, please feel free to post some! I'm planning on sending my ideas in to see if the creators will listen. haha. These are some pretty nice ideas, i mean it would give people a whole new perspective on the game believe it or not! :D


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    Hello vVv Gaming! I'll keep this short.

    This is the reason behind my Away-ness and such!

    It's been quite some time since I've been on here. I think my last time actually..sitting on this website was probably... September? Though I did come on and scope around here and there. The reason behind this blog, is to give a proper update about myself. I last posted that I would be away due to personal issues and a computer problem :

    This past year, I recently moved out on my own. Me and a buddy got our own place together, and we set it off from there. I was currently working a over night part time job, as he worked a full time. Meanwhile I was looking for another part time job ;). I also was attending my second Semester at my Community College. Sad to say, all of it went down hill afterwards. I stopped showing up to my job, which I ended up being fired (Go figure, my fault on that). I stopped showing up for classes, which I ended up Withdrawing from therefore If I ever want to go back, I can go back with no problem. My parents were going through a divorce-type, drama within the family, etc etc. What you would normally find within the walls of a household. I just could not deal with it, which is why I moved out on my own. I wanted to actually function and be happy, instead I was developing sadness from all of this. And from all of this (Meanwhile, I have an addiction personality), I was heavily involved with Alcohol & Drugs.

    For the entire year, was myself and others being stupid, doing drugs and such. Every single day, day in and day night. Those who never saw me on Xbox Live after awhile, It was because I'd tend to 'sell' my belongings in order to get Cash for Drugs. Go figure, My Xbox was one of them. Now I was continuing doing this all the time, which made my health ill. After sometime, Reality hit me and I knew I had to fix my mistakes. Which lead to me moving back into my Parents house, and cutting off all connections with what I was involved in. I've have gone to Rehab and Therapy for some help and everything's been going great. It's been almost 2 months being sober, and I've been getting myself back up on my feet. My buddy lend his Xbox to me, I was able to purchase a few games that I'd always play. That cuts this blog short, I'd be shocked If people actually take the time to read this o.O. Though It feels good to be back on the forums, missed all of you dearly!

    (And No, I did not proof read hah!)

    - Mayday ♥

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    The year 2011, theres just so much ahead waiting for me and other Dota players. Well, mainly competitive dota players I suppose. Not only are they going to be a ton of online tournaments, I guess there are more and more LAN tournaments being held(mostly in china though). Well theres been a handful in California, on Jan 2nd there was a Lan in North Cal with a prize pool of $1200 and on Jan 8th, there was a Lan in South Cal with a prize pool of $500. Unfortunately, most of us live in the East, although I managed to get myself an air ticket and participated in the South Cal Lan. And guess what, there is going to be a LAN in san diego next week, damn how much i wish i live in the west coast :(

    Apart from all that, the biggest event of 2011 would be none other than the releasing of DOTA 2 by valve somewhere during the year. The hypes are ongoing since last year october when they first announced. That was when i came back from retirement, along with many other veterans i hope. But theres of course the traitors that went to play hon( no offence ), I am sure the number of people coming back to Dota will only rise. I am not sure if other people would be equally as excited as me but I am secretly fuming with anticipation about Diablo 3 :jumpparty: not sure its gonna be released in 2011 though. hehehe

    The past week has been great. Firstly because we got picked up by vVv ofc :sorcerer: Secondly, we got invited to play in Farm4Fame( which is the highest level of International Dota invite only tournament ). It was like a dream come true for me, F4F is the only tourney that I haven had a taste in my Dota resume. Thirdly, we just managed to clinched our first win/match yesterday in F4F. Last but not least, THE DAMN SNOWING HAS FINALLY STOPPED. hahaha.

    It is going to be another busy week ahead, but I am fully prepared and hopefully get good results in the next F4F match, GosuCup #3 Qualifier and other matches.

    vVv Dota FIGHTING!

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    How I became a Personal Fitness Trainer

    I'm a Personal Fitness Instructor, which means that; Health and fitness instructors are responsible for teaching people how to exercise in a safe and effective manner. They may work in private gyms, independent health clubs, leisure centres and village halls. Instructors may deliver group exercise classes, such as aerobics, or they may give one-to-one tuition. They may be responsible for: Running initial assessments and writing individual training programmes, inducting members and showing them how to use the equipment, adapting training programmes for members with health problems or injuries and offering advice and guidance on healthy eating and lifestyle.

    How I became a Personal Fitness Instructor?

    I took my first college course, studying a National Diploma in Sports Development, Coaching and Fitness which is equivalent to 3 A'Levels which the course lasted 2 years. From here I went on to study a Level 2+3 Gym Instructor/Personal Trainers course which is equivalent to A'Level/Degree which also lasted just over another year.

    I then had to apply for REPS (Register of Exercise Professionals)

    The Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) has been set up to help safeguard and to promote the health and interests of people who are using the services of exercise and fitness instructors, teachers and trainers.


    The Register uses a process of self-regulation that recognises industry-based qualifications, practical competency, and requires exercise professionals to work within a Code of Ethical Practice. Members of the Register are given a card and registration certificate to prove their qualification and membership. Also known as the Exercise Register it operates in the UK and across the world to recognise personal achievement and competencies of qualified exercise professionals.

    Our mission statement is...

    "To ensure that all exercise professionals are suitably knowledgeable and qualified to help safeguard and to promote the health and interests of the people who use their services."

    Information and FACT

    "The health and leisure industry is worth over

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    I have always been a fan of CoD series. I loved CoD 2, MW, and WaW for the 360. However, I do not believe that this new installment is worth a purchase. When MW2 came out I was incredibly excited to play it, and yes I realize it is different people that make it, but it sucked. It didn't just suck, it was horrid. The maps were beyond awful, there were more kill streaks then you could shake a stick at, and you could be spawn killed like there was no tomorrow. These problems aside I believe that CoD is an an incredible series at its core, but the series is declining. It takes less and less skill each game to kill an opponent. I cannot say how many times I have been the victim of trash-talking for playing Halo. I'm sorry, I do not feel like being killed by dual akimbos across the map. How can people call that skill? I'm tired of being stabbed in the back by someone camping in a bush with all perks that make one invisible essentially. I'm sick of being sniped on a rainy map where you can barely see the other side, but they can see your name. My K/D was close to 3.00 in MW, in MW2 it dropped to 1.75 due to awful maps, spawns, weapon nerfing, and the crowd-pleasing commando. I may be the only person who holds these opinions, but I will stick with them. The series is getting too outrageous, it was better when it was more simple in MW. That is the high point of the series. I would go 70+ kills a game in domination or HQ, but MW2 had no consistency. Staying in the exact same party I would see people, me included, varying from going triple positive to being negative.

    I respect whatever arena gamers choose, there are many fine gamers on here in all genres of games. But I would REALLY love to know how CoD can be taken so seriously with many people when there are LOADS of shooters out there that clearly require more thought, planning, and execution. Going 40-5 in CoD is different than going 40-5 in Halo, Gears, CSS, or any other major shooter. CoD Kill: Requires One Precise Head shot with any gun, essentially. You can camp in any corner and pull the trigger once, that would be the equivalent to SWAT in any Halo Game. Halo Kill: Requires multiple shots to the head with a DMR or Pistol whilst jumping and dodging shots. How are those two equal? I realize that one is a realistic military shooter while the other is a futuristic shooter with shields, but the aiming and the reticle placement are obvious factors in both.

    I believe that CoD, starting with Mw2, has began a downward spiral. It has become the quintessential game that everyone must have. If my 7 year old brother can pick up the controller and kill more than he dies online then I want no part with this series any longer. It is very fun, but to me it is not competitive. This game is made for a generation where games are clearly a large part of our society and the companies wanted it to be easy to pick up and play. I know people that are only gamers online to play CoD, and that is both good and bad. Good because it has many elements that other games should replicate, bad because it may be the symbol for what FPSs will be in the future: Easy, kill streaks that do the work for you, Radar on gun, ninja, everyone using a shotgun as a secondary, and a load of other ridiculous factors.

    Thank you for reading this piece of...something. It is my first blog ever lol so it may sound like a rant, I just have so many problems with this series that I can't even formulate them into something this small without writing a novel.

  7. http://sports.espn.go.com/golf/news/story?id=5869693&campaign=rss&source=twitter&ex_cid=Twitter_espn_5869693

    A step forward for equal opportunity for the LGBT Community...../sigh this is what makes the news. God forbid anything affecting everyday life. With the crimes,restrictions and downright hatred of gays,bisexuals,transgenders and all of the little in betweens of the LGBT community,things such as Gay Marriage,Don't Ask , Don't Tell and other Equal Opportunity issues are pushed to the side and dwelled on for ever. On that same token, small "almost" meaningless thing like this makes the news. To think something like this was even in place in the first place, but I guess it's another step forward for humans to gain their second set of guaranteed rights because they aren't Middle Class White Americans. Go Democracy and at least this woman gets to golf now. We can all sleep better knowing the great people of America made the right call in the end........And by the right call I mean the obvious one.

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    And the story begins...

    So I've always played Gears of War competitively, and Call of Duty was just something I played for fun. But with the failure of Gears 2, and the announcement of ECL 2 awaiting, I decided to embark upon my latest challenge. C.O.D

    With nobody to team with, I asked my friend Slitheeer if he wanted to make a GB doubles roster - Hey, we've all gotta start somewhere ! Anyways, we had it, D3 Inc | Dubs. My first ever Call of Duty team. Then my other friend Yamimash joined the party, and we decided to make a 3v3 team roster, to gain experience and learn a few things. I now had 2 teams !

    D3 | Death, Destruction, Domination.

    With that aside, me and John ( Slitheeer ) got a doubles match today. I must admit, I was very excited. I know it's only GB, and it doesn't mean much to me, but I couldn't wait to play my first competitive game of COD.

    D3 Inc | Dubs [vs] Precisional Heritage | Dubs

    MLG Variant rules

    Radiation - SnD

    Villa - CTF

    Launch - Domination

    We were invited, and the game began. I picked Black Ops team, as that's the side that attacks first, so I thought if we could get a plant we would have the other side on edge, especially if we went a round up. We picked a bomb to attack. B. Slitheeer calls out an enemy, then takes him out. But he gets 2 bursted straight after. I press start to see the red flash on the radar, and see that the opponent was across the other side of the map. I knew he couldn't get to me within 10 seconds, so I planted the bomb and waited behind the cylinder tanks. 30 seconds to go, I see him, he attempts to stun me, but I evade it and throw 2 quick stuns and a semtex. The semtex wounds him, but doesn't kill him. I backed off further, it was him who needed to get the kill. He pushed me and in a 1vs1 gunfight, I dropshot and take him out for the round.


    Round 2. Defending. Slitheeer opts to watch B, so I go to A. Immediately I see an enemy pushing me coming across the iron platforms. I warn John, and back up for a safer POV to take the kill. The enemy sees me moving though, double stuns me and runs away. He went into the small warehouse by the spawn, and kills me through the window. Luckily I saw him, and warned John who I then saw running over. Bomb planted. John goes underground and takes out 1, runs towards bomb and takes the 2 piece ! For the clutch, and defuses, for the round. 2-0


    They pull a round back, and then we go on to increase the lead to 3-1. Final round, we go to A bomb, because we had gone to B twice. We push the underground, me stunning the ladder coming down the house above A bomb, and John stunning the far corner, so they couldn't get us coming through spawn, neither of us got a hitmarker, so it was safe to plant. John planted, then immediately called out an enemy, we teamfire him and killed him. Last guy, I checked behind us, John watched the front. I see the opponent, and take him out to win the first map 4-1.


    On to capture the flag, me and John were buzzing right now, high on confidence. This wouldn't last though, we were shocked by the double push they did on our flag. We had John defending, and me attacking. John was double fragged and taken out, they got our flag, and managed to return it to base. 1-0. We regrouped and thought, stay with 1 defending, 1 attacking. There's no reason to risk losing another flag yet, when there's still plenty of time. So I defended, and John attacked. I heard an enemy, he grabbed the flag but I killed him from the window, allowing John to risk a 1v1 push into their flag base. He ran in, grabbed the flag and got out unscathed, I went away from our flag to help him get here, and he arrived. 1-1. It was at a stalemate until the last 30 seconds, John was taken down whilst attacking, leaving me 2v1. I was distraction by 1 of them, while the other cleverly took the flag, and returned it too his base. We lose 2-1.

    Final map, Domination on Launch.

    Our plan was for me to cap A, and John, the more aggressive player, to hold off B. It worked, however I had to help him, leaving A unattended, they spawned mid map and took A, while 1 ran to cover see. They were ahead by about 46 points. We knew we had to do something, they held 2 flags, so they were doubling our points everytime. I told John to push A's spawn while I ran mid map, and threw stuns at C to distract them. It worked, I saw 1 enemy run away from A towards see, he ran straight past me, so I took the easy kill. John capped A, both enemies panicked and ran straight over the mid map to go back to A, where we was both waiting behind white blocks to pick up easy kills. We pushed C and took it, then I ran to B, John ran to A. We had control right now, and I knew the other team were panicking. We took the lead. 84-82. With our lead steadily increasing, we just waited the clock out, being cautious and playing defensively. We lost C flag soon enough, but they couldn't take A and B off of us, and now that we didn't need to attack, I sat in spawn watching A, and John took B. There was no way they could come behind him because I would see them, and they couldn't cap A because I was watching it. It was the perfect setup. It worked as planned, and we'd dried the clock down to win. My first competitive Call of Duty match ever won.

    I plan to update this blog with questions, tips i come across, help I need, and more stories for your entertainment, as I play more ! If you came across this, I hope you enjoyed it and look forward to more.

    GT - Energize Sypher

    AIM - zzAleckzz

    MSN - tobywainwright10@hotmail.co.uk

  8. Today, I reached my 81st FC in RB3 on Expert Guitar, out of 82 songs. That last song, is Caught in a Mosh, by Anthrax. I've even had a 100% overstrum run on that song! It's just a pain in the neck to keep combo, and It's killing me to get it.

    So as I thought about this, I realized, that the reason why I'm constantly trying to go above and beyond my goals is that I'm so close to the next level up, and the next, and the next, until I finally reach the highest peak possible.

    Then somebody Beats me and I have to try it all over again. ;P

  9. So I've been really busy with college and shit namely still pledging Pi Kappa Alpha and how I've been putting in a solid 6 hours a day of work in the gym so I really haven't had many opportunities to sit down and really think and work on my idea. Now I have pretty much everything I want with this game essentially stuck in the dark recesses of my mind but I really need to take and put it all to paper, aka WordPad. So, now that I'm on my little Thanksgiving break, aside from spending too much time watching college basketball, I've been working on my ideas.

    Onto what I've done so far. I'm working on completing my "rough draft" and vague outline of the lore of the world. Once I finish the outline I'll be going extremely in-depth into major events and whatnot.

    I have also taken and, as fitting to the lore written so far, I've just about completely settled on the idea of a two race system. And yes it is pretty much what is expected, the two races basically hate each other, are constantly at each others throats, and are pretty much in a huge war.....or are they? Hehehe. I'm not entirely bought into the idea of it, but I should be able to pull it off, after all I plan on incorporating an extremely in-depth customization of characters namely the facial construction so using only two races could in my opinion make that alot easier to do.

    I have right now, pretty much "confirmed" eight classes that, of course, both races will be able to pick from. They are pretty much the standard type of classes with different names. I mean, really, it's damn near impossible to make different classes unless you pull out of that "era", but that is just my opinion of course. I'll go ahead and just give the names, you can figure out the rest ;).

    1.) Necromancer (my personal favorite)

    2.) Ranger

    3.) Wizard

    4.) Fighter

    5.) Cleric

    6.) Barbarian

    7.) Assassin

    8.) Bard

    I'm hoping you guys enjoyed this little entry and hint into what I'm doing here. Keep an eye out for some more entries and my progress into this idea of mine.

    Peace :)

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    First off let me tell you I was not actually planning on getting this but was convince by some people to join them in their CoD fun! I gave in and pre-ordered the game 8 hours before the release of the game? To my surprise their was actually quite a few copies left. I do have to go ahead and give a shout out to Mrs. Violence for getting me the game at a discount plus delivering it to me at 12:45. That was the best part about buying the game at midnight... I did not have to actually wait in line with the kids who think dropping nukes are amazing. Anyways I got on around 1:30 a.m with vVv NBK, Apollo ze god, and vVv Jayc where we kicked off the game with Nazi Zombies. This gametype is definitely no joke although it has a lot of the same features and play style as the last Nazi Zombies it is still just as fun, although I do see it getting boring after a while. But inside of Nazi Zombies they have added the new weapons obviously but also a new type of zombie that comes at you its a slow crawler, but once it explodes when you kill it toxic gas comes out and destroys everything near the dead body. This will cause players to have to move around rather than sit in their usual corners and camp.


    After we killed off an hour or 2 of Nazi Zombies we moved on to Campaign and since their is no co-op from what I have seen, we each started campaign individually at the same time. I chose to do the hardest difficulty because that is how I always have done campaigns of games and once I finish with it I am done completely. The others opted to play through it first on a lower difficulty and come back to it on the hardest difficulty. After about 3 hours of intense yelling at the friendly A.I. I completely walked away from my xbox to cool down. I mean if you are going to make the enemy A.I so beast and rarely miss shots and predict when I come out of cover... at the very least have my friendly A.I shoot an enemy right next to them. I swear if this campaign was how real soldiers acted in war I can see why we lost both Vietnam and Korean conflicts. All stupid A.I apart the campaign is absolutely insane and is a must play. It will not only intrigue your mind but get you to think on a whole other level.


    After cooling off from a frustrating campaign NBK and I dove into some multiplayer where I was sure would be some fun. Well I was pretty much wrong on that one. It seems that the spawns on some of these maps for Black Ops are complete shit with enemies able to spawn directly behind you at any given moment. Some maps are way too big and some are way too small. Noob tubes are still a huge factor. Not only does the MP5 have recoil that a .50 cal would have but it is weak along with the M16 assault rifle. So far this multiplayer is nothing but spray, camp, and tube. The more explosives you shot as fast as you can the more kills you will get. The best weapons in the game so far that I have seen are the Dragunov, FAMAS, and AK74U 2 of which are fully automatic and easy to use, and one of which is semi-automatic and fairly easy to use.NoobTube.jpg

    Overall I would say this game is not very good or fun to play once again Call Of Duty is for the kids who want to be on top of the leaderboards. Unless pro's can make the game fun to watch their is no way this game will work... It will be campier than Raw Talent on Blood Drive in Gears of War 2. I would say get this game for two reasons:

    1) Nazi Zombies

    2) Campaign Story

    Other than that what a let down.



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    Platforms(s): Xbox360, PS3 (marketplace)

    Genre: Survival Horror, Puzzle

    Rating: Mature (M)

    Developer(s): Visceral Games, Sumo Digital

    Publisher(s): Electronic Arts

    Player(s): 1

    Length: 1 hour (per playthrough)

    Dead Space: Ignition is a prequel story for the upcoming title Dead Space 2. In Dead Space: Ignition you follow Franco, a technician aboard the Sprawl, and Sarah, a cop in the CPD and love interest of Franco, through what starts as a seemingly normal day.

    Unlike the main games in the Dead Space series, Ignition is a survival horror action puzzle game rather than a third person shooter. The first thing that a player will notice about Ignition is the stylized nature of the game. Instead of using cut-scenes or other more traditional forms of storytelling, Ignition uses interactive motion comics to convey the story. Ignition features three different types of puzzles and implements a branching path system which gives the game a lot of replay value.

    I thought that the puzzles were very addicting (other than the extremely annoying/frustrating Trace hacks) and found myself playing the game for several hours at a time to complete all of the achievements and the branching paths. Also on top of the story which leads into Dead Space 2 you receive an in-game item for Dead Space 2 for completing the game.

    Overall I enjoyed the game but unfortunately I would only recommend this game to fans of the series.