At the lan there are a number of tournaments played for games such as LOL,COD4, counter strike and Team Fortress 2 with cash prizes for first place. Loads of teams come from all over Europe too compete against each other.
Anyway now you have had some context I will get on with my experience of the lan.
I went to the event to support my old TF2 team (whoI played backup medic for) Elemental Violence.I've known these guys throughout my competitive TF2 life and get a long really well with pretty much all of them. (YES TF2 HAS A COMPETITIVE SCENE) It was awesome seeing all my friends at the lan. The team is made up of people from different parts of Europe. Norway, Denmark to name a few.
They entered the TF2 tournament at the Lan and got all the way to the final stage (which if you play TF2 as keen as us it is where you aspire to get). Sadly however they didn't beat Team infused who are one of the top teams in Europe at the moment. However they made it through the other teams which is a great achievement. I was with them through all the highs and lows. They came close to loosing so many times it kept me on edge all lan.
Here is one of their toughest games. You can see how stressed they are. But they made it through.
Followed by their victory :)
After their victory we all got Really drunk like we do every lan.
So it was an amazing event. I would recommend that if you get the chance grab your friends online or in real life and go to lan. It is a amazing experience which i really think everyone has a tonne of fun at.
I leave you with footage shot from the crowd at the finals
First off let me say this is not one of those advice pieces. I am not waddling in self pity and need cheering up etc.
No, this is a legitimate point i am trying to make.
I play a shit lot of Team Fortress 2. I mean a really large amount. Sometimes over 200 hours in 2 weeks. I i don't just play on 32 man public servers. I play this game in the competitive format. Which is 2 teams playing 6v6 with class limits.
After almost a year of this i decided to take a look on how much i accomplished in game and in real life. In game i have improved greatly going up the division fairly quickly. However in real life i have no job and because i play the game so much i did not take an opportunity of going out with a girl i really liked.
(Yet again let me stress this thread is not aimed at that.)
Anyway the point i wanted to make is : How on earth to people who make a living off playing games balance things ?
I mean i am in no illusion that i could quit everything and earn a living of playing Team Fortrress 2. The game is not very big at the moment. But you see these players who play quake and counter strike and they talk about how this is their lively hood.
Have any of you played games to a level where you could earn a living and if so how did you manage real life ?
Now since i started playing Team Fortress 2 i picked the Medic class . Its what i seem to do in class based shooters . I have this drive to play the class that supports the other players .
Maybe it is becuase both my parents are doctors ?
...maybe not as they are Doctors in clinical psychology
But anyway i always play medics in some form or another . Team Fortress 2 has the most satiying medic class in any game i have played .
- You get points for not how many kills you get but how well you heal your team - The medic has some fairly good weapons . The bone saw is a fucking lance in the right hands - Your fast and can move and the battlefield very quick - I AM ZE UBVERMENSCH !
- You are a massive target everyone on the enemy team will shoot at YOU - Its a thankless job . Your team mates will shout for a medic but not protect you if things go south . Also if anything bad happens its the medics fault . - SCOUTS !!!!! They are THE most annoying thing in competitive TF2 play . They are like ninjas and always , always kill you even with a pocket soldier sitting with you - No communication . If pople dont have headsets then your job is made about 5 million times ahrder . People think that medics and here their thoughts .
These are just a few things that make the medics such a joy and a pain to play .
now here are some tf2 screenshots of me being a medic
350 hours as medic ...and Ive never looked back :D
-Well its been a long time since i did one of these blogs mainly becuase i have been fairly busy with College work . We are asked to run a TV studio for out course and are assessed on our ability to mange and produce content for the show .
Here are some pictures of out (crude) set-up
So basically i have been producing awful television content for the show here is a example of my work :
I am in charge of a group of 4 and i have to boss them around and make them do work basically . So its not so bad .
-Also if you have followed in my previous blogs i am in the middle of editing my Drama production film for college . This is how far i have gotten ....
-Got Mass effect 2 last Friday along with Assassins creed 2 . Both really solid games ...but drastically cut into my Street fighter 4 training with Guile ....sorry Scooper :(
....well looks like this blog is over hope you enjoyed what you read and saw .