starcraft 2

My Experience at a Star Craft 2 Tournament

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.

my tourney
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.

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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.



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Lars Helps Dropkick Murphies

Rancid’s Lars Frederiksen Lends Dropkick Murphys A Helping Hand
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In the aftermath of an accident, which left DROPKICK MURPHYS guitarist James Lynch with a busted wrist, RANCID front man Lars Frederiksen has tapped to temporarily fill-in for the wounded guitarists. Lars (who produced the Murphys first two albums Do or Die and Gangs All Here) had been on the road with the Murphys fronting the Rancid side-project LARS FREDERIKSEN AND THE BASTARDS when Lynch had his accident.
Initial x-rays failed to detect the break so Lynch wasn’t treated until a few days later in Dallas where the break was diagnosed and he was fitted with a cast. The attending physician, a leading orthopedic surgeon in the Dallas area, was given a copy of Dropkick Murphy’s latest release “Sing Loud, Sing Proud” in return for his services. The surgeon reports that he now plays the

record in the operating room for inspiration while performing surgery.
Frederiksen will remain the replacement guitarist for DKM for at least the next 3 weeks of the tour until Lynch’s wrist is fully recovered.
Dropkick Murphys are currently touring in support of their latest release ‘SING LOUD, SING PROUD’ the first release since the band added three additional players (including Lynch) lending an eclectic array of acoustic instruments to round out the Murphy’s folk influenced, street punk sound. Since the release of their two previous albums, ‘DO OR DIE’ and ‘THE GANGS ALL HERE’, the Murphy’s have gained a loyal fan base as well as garnering critical acclaim, leading Rolling Stone to call the band “the quintessential Irish-American punk rock band.” Lars Frederiksen And The Bastards have just released their first s/t release and will be on the road with the Dropkick Murphys for the remainder of their North American tour. This summer Lars will rejoin his Rancid compatriots to headline this summers WARPED TOUR.

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Fat to Release MXEM MP

Fat to release MxPx EP
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Read a statement from frontman Mike Herrera

We here at Fat Wreck Chords would like to announce that we’ll be releasing The Renaissance EP from MxPx on May 22nd. For those of you out there who are concerned about the band’s history or beliefs, you need not worry. MxPx meets the same criteria as all of our bands: they make great punk records, have an awesome live show, and are terrific people. This in no way means that we support Christianity or “Christian punk”. I mean everybody knows Fat Mike is a Jew, how else do you explain his success as an entertainer? Fat Wreck Chords is a label committed to giving back to the punk scene and furthering progressive causes, and we will continue to be so. In the words of Fat Mike himself, “We got Jews, Japs, Krauts, Queers, Catholics, Capes, Canucks, Muslims, and morons on the label. Why not Christians?” Amen.
MxPx bassist and vocalist, Mike Herrera, has this to say about The Renaissance EP:

The Renaissance EP isn’t just 9 songs. It marks a new beginning, a rebirth of many years to come. As a band we are stronger than we’ve ever been. We’re better friends than we’ve ever been. We knew that it would be a long time ’til we got the chance to record and release our next full length so we wanted to put out some new music for our fans. Something a little bit different yet actually very similar. This is our interpretation of what our first three records may have sounded like if we had recorded the songs at the present time.

We also wanted to record it all ourselves at home here in Bremerton. So we did. Our friends or we did every aspect of the recording and artwork. We handled the recording, and my friend John Reid whom I used to work with at Spiro’s (a Bremerton Restaurant) did the artwork for us.

Since we had done everything DIY we wanted to continue on that path. We’ve been friends with Fat Mike for a while after meeting him on the 1998 Warped Tour and we started talking about being on the Fat Wreck Chords singles club. It just made too much sense not to release the EP on Fat as well as our online store. So the rest is history.

Hope you like it and find it as much fun as we had making it.


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Joey Ramon Dies

Joey Ramone Dies
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NEW YORK – Singer Joey Ramone, the punk rock icon whose signature yelp melded with the Ramones’ three-chord thrash to launch an explosion of bands like the Clash and the Sex Pistols, died Sunday. He was 49.

Ramone, the gangly lead singer with the leather jacket, tinted glasses and permanently torn jeans, was hospitalized in March 2001 with lymphoma. His death was confirmed Sunday by Arturo Vega, the Ramone’s longtime artistic director.

The Ramones – its four members adopted the common last name after forming the band in 1974 – came out of Queens, a motley collection of local losers with limited musical skills. Joey became the lead singer only after his drumming proved too rudimentary to keep up with his bandmates’ thunderous riffs.

While British bands such as the Sex Pistols and Clash received the media attention once punk rock exploded, both were schooled by the Ramones’ tour of England that began on the U.S. Bicentennial – July 4, 1976.

“They changed the world of music. They rescued rock and roll from pretentiousness and unnecessary adornments,” said Vega.

Their “do-it-yourself,” garage-rock influence still echoes today in bands like Green Day and the Offspring. The low-tech Ramones spent just two days and $6,000 recording their 1976 debut album.

“They’re the daddy punk group of all time,” said Joe Strummer, lead singer of the Clash, in a recent Spin magazine interview.

Despite their influence and critical acclaim, the Ramones never cracked the Top 40.

Bruce Springsteen, after seeing the Ramones in an Asbury Park, N.J., club, wrote “Hungry Heart” for the band – but his manager convinced The Boss to keep the eventual hit single.

The Ramones’ best-known songs reflected their twisted teen years in Queens: “Beat on the Brat,” “I Wanna Be Sedated,” “Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue,” “Teenage Lobotomy,” “Sheena Is a Punk Rocker.”

Joey Ramone was born Jeffrey Hyman on May 19, 1951. His career started during the early 1970s glam-rock era, when he played in several New York bands – occasionally under the name Jeff Starship.

But his collaboration with Dee Dee, Johnny and Tommy Ramone was something special. They became fixtures in downtown clubs like CBGBs and Max’s Kansas City, joining fellow punkers like Patti Smith and Richard Hell.

The scene eventually produced commercially successful bands like Blondie and the Talking Heads.

The Ramones recorded their first album of two-minute, three-chord blasts in February 1976. The band then earned a loyal cult following with a seemingly endless string of tours where they would crank out 30 songs in 90 minutes.

In 1979, Joey and the band appeared in the Roger Corman movie “Rock N’ Roll High School,” contributing the title song to the soundtrack. They also did the title track for the film “Pet Semetary,” based on the book by Ramones fan Stephen King.

Their last real stab at commercial success came in a bizarre 1980 collaboration with producer Phil Spector – a session that bassist Dee Dee Ramone recalled most for Spector’s pulling a gun on the band inside his Beverly Hills mansion.

Joey eventually wound up singing a syrupy version of Spector’s classic “Baby, I Love You” – the strangest recording of the band’s 22-year career. The Spector-produced “End of the Century” did become the Ramones’ best-selling record, hitting No. 44 on the charts.

Five years later, the band released “Bonzo Goes to Bitburg” – Joey Ramone’s angry rant about President Reagan’s visit to a German military cemetery.

The Ramones disbanded in 1996 after a tour that followed their final studio album, “Adios Amigos.” A live farewell tour album, “We’re Outta Here!”, was released in 1997.

Since the band’s demise, Joey Ramone kept a fairly low profile – occasionally popping up to perform or host shows at Manhattan clubs, making occasional radio show appearances, and working on a solo album that was never released.

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