I’ve never been much of a gamer in the past. I would usually get bored of games rather quickly and look for something else to fill my time. The only games I could get into were competitive games I could play with my friends, but there’s only so much time that smash bro’s can really take from your life before you realize you have a problem. In fact this is why I quit playing video games for a few years and instead sunk my time into competitive chess.
This is of course until Starcraft 2 came out, I used to play the original one way too much in middle school and my grades are a testament to this. When Starcraft 2 came out there was immediately a lot of controversy, the game needed some patching and Terran had some unbelievable strategies that would give them huge advantages, my usual race of choice, the Zerg were pretty obviously outmatched, but that didn’t stop me from trying to learn them.
I started out like everyone else playing ladder matches and getting one of my old chess friends involved. We played for hours trying to find out weird strategies that would catch people off-guard and allow us to win quickly. Just like in chess we played to win, not necessarily to have fun.
Things didn’t start to really take off until we signed up for a tournament. That’s a secret that everyone should write down, if you want to really improve at something sign up for a competitive aspect of it. You’ll be amazed at your motivation then. Also it goes from “playing games” to “preparing for a tournament” so you don’t have to excuse yourself for practicing.
Preparing for the tournament meant reading online strategies, watching replays of games and spending way too much time reading into small things that would give us advantages. We only played 1v1 online since that’s the format the tournament was in. We played every race constantly to learn about their disadvantages, I was surprised at the progress we were making.
The prize money of course was our main goal, I dreamed of earning that money and started looking into Bahamas real estate. I’m kidding of course, the actual prize money was $4,000 for first place and nothing for any other places. This was a small tournament, but we were excited.
Winning of course involves more than just practice. We decided we wanted to look the part as well. We bought some nice dress clothes and looked for some flashy clothing that would give us a mean look, we wanted to look like we were there to clean up, not relax after a stressful day of work. My buddy already had a great outfit thanks to his “serious” work with Olap on Hadoop, my Pizza delivery job didn’t lend itself to as a professional outfit.
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We stepped in the place, and honestly I had never seen this many gamers in one place, well at least not since my last Japan tour. It was amazing, I couldn’t believe how popular the game was, and we definitely looked out of place, our skinny ties, nice slacks and gold dress watches made us look like we were there for business.
Which of course made it more hilarious when we got 2nd and 3rd place. A lot of people complained about our strange and slightly unfair strategies but the guy in first place beat us fair and square. Even though we didn’t win anything I would say it was worth it, if you’re looking for a way to have fun and improve a skill I would definitely recommend signing up for a tournament to have some fun. Hey if you get nothing else out of it you might get a cool outfit to add to your wardrobe.