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8
May

CDC – Enter the pak-man – Episode 3

We are back once again, with our fourth and final host of the Chip Damage podcast finally joining our ranks after 2 week being mia(shooting the next Spidamen in New Yerk).

This week we decide to take on some crackling interference. Still working out those bugs for future podcasts. Sorry folks.

In this episode, we discuss some of the games we’ve been playing over the past week. Korea gives more insight on the Black Prophecy beta. James Howard shines the spotlight on Dead Rising 2 and its charm. yayze mentions Crysis 2 and his final thoughts on the ending (no spoilers) as well Call of Duty 4 and expresses his interest in commentating Brink coming out this week. Paks gives us the rundown on the escalation map-pack for Black Ops. In fighting game news, Justin Wong, a celebrity now more than ever. We also discuss the big upcoming tournament, BaseLAN 21, coming up this next weekend.

Listen in and check us out at http://ChipDamage.com and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/chipdamage.

Links from this episode:

James Howard Blog: http://slurpeesandmurder.blogspot.com/
yayzeTV: http://www.yayze.tv

Twitter:
James Howard: http://twitter.com/jameshopehoward
Korea: http://twitter.com/jim_kim
Pak-man: http://twitter.com/paksorz
yayze: http://twitter.com/yayze

All Your Base (BaseLAN 21): http://www.allyourbaseonline.com

Dead Rising 2: http://deadrising-2.com
Portal 2: http://www.steampowered.com
Crysis 2: http://www.crytek.com
Black Propehcy: http://www.blackprophecy.com
Call of Duty: http://www.callofduty.com

31
Oct

C4 2010 Super Street Fighter 4 Full Results

Congrats to our Top 8 Players! Thanks to everyone for coming out and supporting our scene. Keep in shape, gentlemen — BaseLAN is coming up real soon.

Here are our full results from Saturday’s tournament:

1. Shane (Undefeated)
2. Graeme (Lost to Shane x2)
3. BMike (Lost to Shane, Graeme)

4. Jericho (Lost to BMike, Graeme)
T5. Duong (Lost to Matt, Graeme), James Kim (Lost to Graeme, Jericho)
T7. Paks (Lost to BMike, James Kim), Andrew (Lost to James Kim, Duong)
T9. Jo A (Lost to Rain, James Kim), Rain (Lost to Jericho, Andrew), Matt (Lost to Shane, Paks), Tyler (Lost to BMike, Duong)
T13. David (Lost to Tyler, Paks), Eissan (Lost to Jericho, Jo A), Kiet (Lost to Graeme, Andrew), Steed (Lost to James Kim, Duong)
T17. Sandeep (Lost to Graeme, Duong), James Howard (Lost to Shane, Steed), Charlee (Lost to Duong, Kiet), Nate (Lost to Shane, Andrew)
T17. Branden (Lost to Paks, Eissan), Mark A (Lost to David, Jo A), Karel (Lost to Jo A, David), Dylan (Lost to Jericho, Paks)
T25. Stephanie (Lost to Tyler, Mark A), Matt “Clark” H. (Lost to Rain, DQ’d against Karel), Stewart (Lost to Eissan, Dylan)
T25. Matt J. (Lost to Kiet, Sandeep), Ian (Lost to Andrew, Steed), Mark T (Lost to Matt, Charlee), Andy S (Lost to James Howard, Nate)

31
Oct

C4 2010 Chipdamage Wrapup

We’ve had a busy weekend and C4 2010 has come and gone. We’re very excited to mention we got some new players interested in our little club so watch out for some unfamiliar faces this coming Friday. From what we hear, C4 2010 was a huge success and C4 2011 has even bigger and better things in store for us.

The tournament was a hit with 31 competitors and some of our biggest (and sexiest) prizes yet. Our congratulations go out to our Top 3: Shane, Graeme and Mike. The MVC2 Gauntlet was a great event — even if it did end a little quicker than anyone expected and We’re excited to be handing out two new copies of Marvel vs. Capcom 3 when the game drops.

I’ll start with giving big props to Duong for hooking us up that loaner TV for watching match-play. He selflessly organizes our tournaments and is a big reason they run smoothly and on time. Duong is such an important part of Chipdamage; I have no idea where we would be without his dedication to the scene.

Next up is Korea. Thanks for organizing things, bringing equipment and letting me help you run our events on the floor this weekend. James is the reason we’re all here in the first place. Chipdamage and it’s other names like the original SSGA and now Games on Campus are James’ vision and we wouldn’t be anywhere without him. None of us can thank him enough for what he’s accomplished within this city. Also James, Make sure to give ’em hell at Canada Cup; we’ll be cheering for you at home.

Of course Duong and James are to thank for us even being at C4 in the first place. Good work  for helping us get such great exposure at such a huge event. We extend our well wishes and gratitude to Ariel for helping us get in the door at C4 at all.

Thanks also to Tyler for working out the Friday event lineup. You really are a showman and you know what the people want to see. Your work definitely made it worth being at the Con on Friday. Keep those ideas coming.

Matt is a great sport for putting his rep on the line with the MVC2 Gauntlet. You’re also a big contributor to our tournaments and your organizational skills when it comes to brackets and making sure matches run without a hitch are unmatched.

Thanks to Shane for his ongoing effort to make us all work harder at our game. Congrats on First Place and thanks again for your continued generosity to our scene with your equipment like that super cool HDMI splitter. Also, keep up the amazing work with giving us online exposure with your YouTube videos.

I wish I could have played Graeme this weekend but I guess he was just too busy making others look utterly free. Thanks for chipping in with finding a prize for fourth place, and thanks for making sure Jericho got Fourth Prize. Good work getting second and remaining one of our most consistent players.

Bmike, don’t be discouraged with Super. Sometimes SSF4 can be a very unfair game. You are one of our absolute best players and a big inspiration to a lot of us here – not to mention a great teacher. Keep putting work in with Cammy and don’t stress about what’s in store for her in AE. These things are never as bad as you think they’re going to be. I know you’ve got warrior spirit and I know you’re going to do great at BaseLAN.

James H is another player who looks like he’s had enough of SSF4. Despite what you think, you’re a strong competitor and fun to play with. I know how it feels to never do well in tournaments but you also have to keep in mind that it takes a lot of work to get where our top players are. I have yet to beat your Adon with my Gouken and I’m sure that with a few changes to your play you can really start tearing things up with him. He’s a strong character and you’ve got some sneaky tricks.

Even though I hate to admit, Dave put me exactly where I belonged in the tournament this weekend. His focused and adaptive play style showed me that I need to make that same effort with my own game. I will still say that I’m definitely salty about my loss and I’m going to have to make sure to run it back at our next tournament.

Congrats to Jericho for fourth place (sexy place). Thanks for the great games on Sunday and showing me what that nasty Gen is all about. I don’t know if I’ll be ready to take you on when we meet in a tournament for this first time but I’m going to make sure to at least steal one game from you.

Thanks to Ian for coming out, taking pictures and playing some games. Your Sakura’s getting better and you’ve got to keep it up. Make sure to let us know where you’re putting those photos so we can post them on our site too.

Thanks again to everyone who showed up for making Section G at C4 a success. Both the audience and competitors were the loudest, hypest and most excited people at the Con. We love the enthusiasm you all showed this weekend. Regardless of your skills, knowledge or confidence, we need each and every one of you to make sure you come out to every event we have. The players and the people who watch them are what give us our inspiration to keep holding our events and tournaments. We’ve grown a lot in the past five years and we still have a lot of growing to do. We need you to be here and take part so we can make Chipdamage and the Winnipeg Scene a major contender in competitive fighting games.

If you’ve got something to say about C4 2010, or if you found us at C4 or if you want to give some shout-outs of your own, please visit our forums.

1
Feb

Here Comes a New Challenger Pt.2 – Korea

This is the second part to the blog I wrote a while ago. It was suppose to be one article; but it would have been too long. It is the reason why I stated I’d split it up in two blogs on one week, this also means that this one will be just as long (if not longer) than the first one. This article was written to those who are new to a fighting game, want to pick it up, get beaten down hard by someone decent/pro, and then give up. It’s important to the scene/community that you don’t give up. The big reason is because you will contribute to a second death of the fighting game genre. I don’t blame you for wanting to leave, but let me tell you a few things that helped me and even some others in this scene.

A Little About My Background….

I was not always considered a “good player”, I consider myself one now; and I believe others see me as a good player as well. Although I still have things to tweak to make myself better, I am skilled in certain areas of a game. When I say a game, I really mean Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike because I’m not that good at some of the other Capcom games, and don’t get me started on things made by other companies. I’m not one to always stick to a game though, as many will tell you that I’ve had my share of games that I’ve dropped because I “lost hope” that I could not learn the game.

When I started playing fighting games seriously back in 2005, I wasn’t the greatest and I lost to everyone because I had just begun learning more than j.rh, c.rh, fp hadouken. I learned Street Fighter 3 after finding that I wasn’t so hot at MvC2 or Street Fighter 2 or the KoF series. It was definitely the start of a hard road there becuase the only time I got to play it was at UMGA meetings against people like Steffan and Matt. I’m glad they came out and faced me because it showed me where I stood in terms of fighting games, I was at the lowest totem of the totem pole. Gradually, I was able to get more and more competition through other people who were just like me. Facing more people boosts a person skill like no tomorrow, even if it means losing; you just don’t give up.

I’ve been through many tournaments that I’ve organized and each place I’ve obtained was a milestone of how I was doing. If I were above last place, I was doing fairly well. If I wasn’t I was obviously doing something wrong and people had gotten used to the gimmicks I used in a prior tournament. I’ve also gone to 2 T-Tournaments in Toronto, getting last in the first one and then 25th in the second one. All these little things helped me on my road to be a good solid player. Fast foward to now and you’ll see that I’m a lot better at certain things and I’m able to reach 2nd place in a tournament!

If you want an example of how I was a long time ago, and compare it to now, I do have a couple of videos I can show you.

The first one is me against Keith about 2 years ago. I had just got my stick and I was just learning to play Dudley on stick. I was knowledgable to a certain point, but you can see that I was careless, doing stupid things, and just playing like the game was new to me. I lost, but I didn’t let that loss get to me. I made it my goal to get better with Dudley on stick. Fast foward 2 years and the second video shows me face off against Keith at Fight For The Future 2. If you watch, you can definitely see that I’ve changed how I played back then.

It’s a big thing to make sure you don’t just give up, and we all know the learning process doesn’t take just a couple of hours or a day or two. Depending on the person’s ability to adapt and learn will determine how long it takes. I know that people are usually deterred by this because they don’t want to focus so much on a game. But let me tell you, putting some time in and being able to play at a certain level against others is a great way to socialize and meet new people. It strengthens the scene/community and builds a good friendship, unless you start drama, in which case it sucks. Don’t let good players discourage you and never let anyone tell you that you’re not good enough to play. Good players/pro players will always give a lending hand, which is very important when it comes to learning the game.

There Is Always a Master and an Apprentice….

It’s always good to have friends help you out when learning these types of games. A big thing is that your friend actually teaches you something from playing him. It’s not smart to play against a friend who brags too much or says he has a “friend who is really good at Street Fighter”. No offense, but rarely at these times do you get good. You end up either getting discouraged by playing either of them or they teach you something that’s not actually a decent combo/tactic.

Not that I’m stating your friends are dicks, but chances are they might not teach you something useful (Unless it’s someone from the SSGA Staff). The people that you will face are probably the best teachers you will have, befriending one is the best idea you will have. Having a mentor will help you in the long run because they teach you a lot. Some are hard teachers (like myself) and others are a bit more soft, but whomever you have, they’re there to teach you the basics and then intermediate, and eventually advanced tactics. When you feel like you’ve done well, it’s best to test your skills against the master. When you’re able to beat them, you’ve reached a milestone in your fighting game career.

I can state that having a teacher/mentor in a game has really stepped up my game. Like I said before, when I first started I had Matt, Steffan, and Nathan Lee as my mentors in fighting games. Matt was always able to beat me, and it made me get so pumped to get better in the game so that one day, I could beat him. Steffan was the mentor, teaching me things and showing me vids and where to go. Nathan would give me philosophy and stuff to make me train my mind games and stuff. But as I grew more and more skilled, I branched off and started asking other people around the world to get a more broader view. I got to know many top players in 3rd Strike because of it. They all taught me match ups and random things to do to throw off your opponents.

Determination is Key….

The above statement could not be more important to new players and one-game players (You 3S-only players!). You should be determined to win all the time, even when you think you’re just gonna lose; you should just keep your positive thoughts up. You will be surprised at the results. Setting goals for yourself is also a good way to keep up your determination. The reason why I say this because if you have a goal of “I want to beat so and so” or “I’m gonna master this combo”, it’ll keep your mind on the game and you won’t stop until you’re able to do said goal.

There is always one thing you should be determined to do when you get into a game, especially one that is as hype as SFIV, and that is to get even better no matter what. By doing this, there is always going to be the main goal in the center (Getting Better) and then you can branch off to other things when you feel like you’ve achieved the said goal. For an example I will take David Liu. He started off a while back playing Makoto and he stank. Like he wasn’t that good; he’d get beaten down so hard by so many people. He just got frustrated, but he never gave up. He actually didn’t play for a bit with us because I think we had scared him off. But in reality the guy was training, determined to be as good as Tim Ho, if not BETTER than Tim.

Months later, he finally did that. Dave Liu actually faced off and beat Tim Ho in a tournament (granted that Tim Ho had since dropped the game for a while). Actually now that I think about it, Dave Liu IS the perfect example for why determination is the key to getting better and staying in the game. Granted Dave Liu is sometimes a bit cocky, but it comes with winning tournaments I guess. Don’t always put yourself out to be a prick, but don’t hold it in!

Losing Isn’t a Bad Thing…

Losing will happen, and it will teach you to do many things. Rethink your strategy, analyze your opponent, show you where you stand against players. Many tend to quit after losing a severe match because it just frustrates them. But don’t follow in their footsteps; remember you’re here to get better, not walk away.

Rethinking your strategy is a big key to becoming a serious player in any scene. You’ve got to quit using the scrub tactics that you use and see what your character’s real arsenal really is. If your opponent is able to KO you constantly with the same ol’ tactic, you might want to rethink what you’re doing wrong.

Are you guarding/blocking too much?

Are you whiffing throws/moves?

Is your execution not really as good as you think it is?

These are a few questions that I had asked myself when I started playing a lot of fighting games. Granted, I’ve quit games like Tekken, MvC2, CvS2, Arcana Heart, KoF because I was not rethinking my strategy and just walking away. I’m sure if I played these games again, I’d try to incorporate what I’ve learned in the past year. Writing down what you did wrong in a match is a good way to start the road to becoming a better player and sticking around in the scene. I say this because by writing something down you’re able to remember it far more than if you just tried remembering by memory (at least for me it works). This leads to you dropping the bad habits that you picked up while playing against your friends or the CPU or whatever.

If you’re new to a game’s system or mechanics, you’ll not be good at the game on the first or second try. You’re going to have to accept this fact of sucking. If you’re a fighting gamer enthusiast and you’re learning the new game, you must also accept the fact that you’re going to suck for a while. But, you will be able to incorporate what you’ve learned in other games to catch onto certain aspects. Either way, you should not give up so easily. I mean if you’re coming from other games, didn’t you put in a lot of time to get good at those games? I’m sure you could do the same with a fighting game, especially one like Street Fighter IV where they have a great challenge/training mode for you to learn the combos. When you come to face the big guys in your local scene, don’t be intimidated. They can sense the fear in you and will use it against you. If you lose, make sure that you ask questions and to keep notes on what not to do. Look for patterns that he is doing and stuff, for example, if he jumps, what does he normally do? Find out what you can do to stuff it.

These things will help you understand how to become a better fighting game competitor and even keep you in the scene longer than you think. Following these few steps will make you realize that you are actually good, but it takes time, patience, and acceptance to get there. I hope that this somewhat helps you in your journey to becoming a better player in the Winnipeg scene and I hope it also shows you that it doesn’t take every day training to get to the pro level (well intermediate-pro). Stay around in the scene, you will meet a lot of new people, have fun with a new game, and maybe even learn a few tricks that you thought you’d never learn. Hope you enjoyed reading. I’m going to be on hiatus with writing as these two articles took a lot out of me.

James “Korea” Kim

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