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Have you ever had met a person in life who shared all of your interests? Thought the way you do?

The Moriarty to your Sherlock - Sometimes the other way around? Well, my brother, Chris, was and

is that to me. There is nothing in this world that gets my blood flowing like the thrill of a challenge,

a competition, or pursuit of perfection.

 

The earliest memory I have is playing Mortal Kombat Ultimate. My brother was a beast at

Nightwolf and Sindel. God, I couldn't stand that fucker and his axe combo; if you know the game,

it started with a low kick... followed by an annihilation of your manhood (insert rage). Anyways,

we'd play the game with large health pools so that the matches lasted for 7-10 minutes. We figured

this would balance out the flukes and allow the better player to always win. It was always him.

I would practice hours upon hours, character after character, just to find a way to beat his

Nightwolf. I would go so far as to play into the AM's while everyone was asleep on a school night.

Finally, a miracle happened. Jesus took the wheel, or in this case, control of the controller leading

me to accidentally pick Noob Sabot in the select screen. Well, it turns out the timing of Sabots

combos completely and utterly destroy Nightwolf. I ended up figuring out something called an

"infinite combo" in the fighter genre, like Marvel vs Capcom. I was unbeatable. This led to my

brother demanding the hero be banned from play, lol.

 

Fast forward a few years, and the best game of all time had been created; Starcraft: Brood War.

Our second greatest rivalry. I can still remember the day my brother came home with a disc of this

game. For all you youngins out there, we had to have cd-rom discs of the game to play it. This is

back when windows 95 was the most up to date operating system. Anyways, our buddy Jeremy

from down the street was all about this game. We installed, opened the game, picked protoss,

and entered a world that would define our childhood. Even to this day, I find myself searching

youtube for the game's music, old tournaments, and everything GomTV. The game was flawless.

 

Alright, enough gushing about Starcraft, down to the nitty gritty. Like all games, top tier players

separate themselves from the community and create their own secret hideout. In Starcraft, this

was Clan x17. To put this place in perspective; think of the biggest crush you've ever had. Now

imagine her surrounded by a multitude of bouncers, and around these bouncers are other nerds

ust like yourself. Just like the world of dating, clan x17 is the girl you want to bang, and the

amount of horny teenagers trying to get in her circle represents the starcraft community.

 

This is where my brother played.

 

Having only 1 computer growing up, I spent a great deal of time watching my brother in a chair

right beside him, learning from his every move. There was this one game I remember vividly,

the game he played against Testie. This guy was one of the top terran players in North America

at the time, a man ahead of his time in terms of skill. Testie decided to do a tank push/contain

on my brother's protoss base very early in the game. However, my brother had created a build

rushing zealot speed and shuttles in order to drop on top of the tanks, nullifying the terran

advantage. The game was a 30 minute slugfest of epic proportion. The result: my brother was victorious.

 

Throughout the next few years, he would play against the top canadian protoss Smuft- from

time to time, as well as many other Clan x17 members. I’m not sure of all the opponents

anymore, but I am certain he had to of run into Artosis, Tasteless and Day9 at one point or another.

 

As for myself, I played in x17 as well. My defining moment came before my brother’s success

in the game. One late night, my brother went over to our friend’s house in order to play me

1v1 online. We played for hours upon hours into the AM’s, digging deeper into competitive

nature with each passing game. And so the moment came where I defeated him in 3 straight

games, convincingly. My brother didn’t even type a word as his connection disappeared from

the LAN screen. I was beside myself because I had never truly beaten him on even terms

before. But… he crushed me in a harmful way. The following day he told me this, “I was just

playing around you know? I’m still better than you.” As a young, 12 year old boy, I accepted

my older brother’s statement and quit Starcraft for good.

 

There are times in my gaming career where I wonder, "what might have been if I had done 'x'?"

Well, this is one of them.

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