Saturday, September 22, 2012

Shootmania First Impression

I would be remissed if I didn't write a post on shootmania... one of the up and comming games in the eSports community. I was on vVv when I heard DNJ was competing in the shootmania tournament that is currently going on nasclive twitch TV channel.

Honestly, I don't know much about the game itself. But I have seen enough to feel comfortable about writing my impression of the game. Keep in mind that this isn't a judgement about how commited the game should be in eSport. I belive any such judgments should be based on the culture and community development of it's following.

Basically what I've seen is that this game is one of the closest games to a sport excluding actual traditional sport games. The interface of menu's and other small details just makes me feel every game is broadcasted.

The maps are much more arena built in that it seems like the course was built into selected environments like cross country, as opposed to the environments being designed themselves like tron. Okay... tron might be a bit extremed lets go with nascar. You get the idea.

Okay my most favored part is the distance measures of the shots. Comeone... that's about as sport as you get.

Well that's all for now.I'm going back to check out the tourney some more. If you're interested stop in to the stream at

Drive safe!

Monday, September 17, 2012

Fall Autumn

Fall is by far my favorite season. The only season I can get up early in the morning by choice. Usually I go to the park and take pictures as well as read my books. Speaking of which, I have recently gotten into working through "The Ultimate Chess Puzzle Book" John Emms.

I still feel like I am hammering out a lot of top level details but it's always amazing how when I don't feel like reading theory books in chess or going online and playing against other people, puzzles seem to get me motivated to study chess anyway. Like any other professional I guess a good library is important. Probably healthier than staring at the monitor all day. Esp... considering I work as a programmer anyway and it's football season 8P

Saturday, September 8, 2012

How Long we are still beginners

It's shameful at first. I have been playing chess for 10-9 years. I've beaten some and lost to some. Lots of experience at loosing. It wasn't till earlier this year I decided to by a fundamental chess book. Of course "The amateurs mind" by Jeremy Silman. That's right..."Amateur"

Player skill level have always been somewhat of an interesting reality to me. Most of us have a great amount of technical skill or knowledge but we are still amateurs. Once we sit down develop a fundamental through either lessons, or books we realize not so much where we stand but where we don't stand.

It's both intimidating but humbling at the same time. It's intimating because once we are initially introduced to our loopholes, the journey to going from novice to intermediate level is extremely intimating. We want to just be good. It seems overwhelming how many tactics most top players posses as reflex. "Basic stuff". "Oh I didn't know that...".

The humbling side is once you start learning the basics... you generally begin to appreciate the game at a much more inspiring level. Learning the basics become addicting and exciting. Read a chess book. Taking one concept at a time regardless of how minuscule it may seem and play a few friendly games till you fully grasp this element and incorporate it as if's a reflex like breathing. Most of these are technical execution.

What's really amazing about this is I'd say in anything you do 60% of the people involved do not posses a solid basic foundation making them exploitable. In the process of learning you'll probably loose quite a few games but you're precision will increase. Once you have mastered the foundation the game tends to pop and you start destroying opponents "noobs" playing at a super high caliber level. You are only a master of the basics... but you are very strong. It's worth the time and effort.

Really the point is whatever you do, do it one small part at a time. Trying to do everything at once will only create an elaborate mess to clean up.