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10 Things You Didn't Know About Professional Gaming

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December 19, 2006 1:38:53 PM

You can learn a lot about pro gaming after just one day at competition. For example, pro gamers aren't geeks or computer nerds in the traditional sense; they're actually jocks. Find out what else TwitchGuru learned about pro gaming at the CPL's Winter Championship Finals this week.
December 19, 2006 3:41:34 PM

Can't say I learned much new there (which actually scares me) but I can say that I'm gonna compete at a CPL one day. Maybe aiming for dead last if they never pick up a game I'm decidedly good at.
December 19, 2006 5:06:32 PM

Haha. I guess we asked for this article after our comments on the last one about Professional Gaming. You were probably pushing it to write a whole article, but I guess it gets more hits than the thread.

Thanks for the link (GotFrag.com) and update on Thresh. :wink: I may look into this again...
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December 19, 2006 8:11:24 PM

Man, you guys are hard to please...

GotFrag.com definitely has got some great stuff. I have no clue how their announcers are able to keep up with each match, but they do a great job.

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Can't say I learned much new there (which actually scares me) but I can say that I'm gonna compete at a CPL one day. Maybe aiming for dead last if they never pick up a game I'm decidedly good at.


Gyro, I encourage you to do so, but I hope you put in lots of practice time for Quake/CS/whatever because HOLY F--ING S&%* these guys are good.

The CPL actually has BYOC (bring your own computer) competitions for fun at their events. Might be a good place to start.
December 19, 2006 10:18:41 PM

Pretty good article there, just wanted to make a few corrections (to educate all, of course.)

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"MeetYourMakers from the U.K"
MeetYourMakers (or MYM) is a Norwegian team.

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"And of course, Fatal1t and Vo0 had quite race going in Quake before Vo0 announced his retirement."
Should read like:
"And of course, Fatal1ty and Vo0 had quite a race going in *Painkiller* before Vo0 announced his retirement.*

Other than that pretty good :) .
December 20, 2006 2:20:39 AM

:)  I'm sorry, I just didn't expect it. I'm used to asking a question and getting a posted answer, not a main-page article. I realize now that I actually asked for this.

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They really need more coverage and a better image.


Thanks for the article. I'll try to be less cynical. :oops: 
December 20, 2006 7:20:01 AM

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I'll try to be less cynical. :oops: 
Please do, for all our sakes :wink:
December 20, 2006 2:39:34 PM

Don't you mean both your sakes? I'm not that bad with everyone else. :wink:
December 20, 2006 7:09:58 PM

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GyRo, I encourage you to do so, but I hope you put in lots of practice time for Quake/CS/whatever because HOLY F--ING S&%* these guys are good.

The CPL actually has BYOC (bring your own computer) competitions for fun at their events. Might be a good place to start.


Yeah, I'm thinking I may try my first year in the... Let's call it the Junior League. Then I'll try stepping into the big leagues the next year perhaps. I know I'm toast in any game that's currently big. Then again, I don't keep a very close eye on it, so perhaps they've got something I'm good at by now.
December 21, 2006 2:20:39 PM

My ideal for games training is to jump in at the deep end. Why piss about playing with people who aren’t the best when you can play with the best and become much better, much faster. Also here’s a good one. I read once on a Gamespy advice article that a good technique to becoming better at gaming was to play at first with controls that where alien to you and very hard to use. Then to switch after a few months to WASD and you will find that your skill will increase a huge amount. I don’t know how this works but it does from my own experience.

I used to play with the arrow keys with 0 as crouch on the num pad, sprint as right-ctrl and right mouse click as jump, now as you can guess there not the best of controls when gaming. I used this control set for just over a year and became very good with them all the way through my Team Fortress Classic days. But one day I switched to WASD and after a few days it was like my ability increased phenomenally, to an extent that I was constantly winning on a scale that I never was before.

Now I don’t know if this could simply be me fooling my self. Or if it could actually be something to do with complex procedures suddenly becoming very simple, thus making you much better. But after I seen it posted on an article in Gamespy written by a so-called expert in this field then I guess it would not hurt for people to try.
December 21, 2006 5:12:01 PM

I don't think my muscle memory could become much better than it is right now. It's mostly just a matter of keeping up my mouse aiming skill & playing the kinds of games I have tendencies to accel in.
December 22, 2006 7:33:30 AM

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I don't think my muscle memory could become much better than it is right now. It's mostly just a matter of keeping up my mouse aiming skill & playing the kinds of games I have tendencies to accel in.


Just in case you're nog going to make it as a Pro Gamer, I advice you to keep working on your spelling :wink: You may find that you can excel at other things besides gaming.
December 22, 2006 7:43:53 AM

One spelling mistake and the guys tarnished for life…

This reminds me of a program I seen on the TV a few nights ago. It was called secretary. Every time she made a spelling mistake the lawyer would call her in to his room and start spanking her on her arse then later started to masturbate over her back… It was not a porno honestly. I just thought I would mention it as it reminded me off some of the users in this forums obsession about perfect spelling.

Your not going to spank Gyro are you?
December 22, 2006 2:29:24 PM

You seem to have a problem with using the ' when you are contracting a subject with a verb. As a special service I've added them in your text as an educational exercize. O, by the way, a forum does not have an obsession, it is the forum users may or may not be obsessed. I was too lazy to also correct your grammar.

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One spelling mistake and the guy's tarnished for life…

This reminds me of a program I've seen on the TV a few nights ago. It was called secretary. Every time she made a spelling mistake the lawyer would call her in to his room and start spanking her on her arse then later started to masturbate over her back… It was not a porno honestly. I just thought I would mention it as it reminded me of some of the users in this forums obsession about perfect spelling.

You're not going to spank Gyro, are you?
December 22, 2006 4:35:36 PM

I've never understood how people could use the keyboard for movement. WASD or otherwise. Maybe that's my problem? :)  Mouse or nothing for me. 2nd mouse for movement, 1st for firing, 3rd for reloading, etc. Everything else with my left hand on the keyboard. Like strafe left is , strafe right is . M for backing up, etc. Leaves my pinky for other keystrokes nearby. Now I am a bit OCD, and my wife swears ADD, but am I just retarded for doing it this way?

Maybe I'll give WASD a try tonight in FEAR and see how bad I get spanked.
December 23, 2006 4:36:33 PM

The very first time I used WASD, well my hand was too small as well, but it was awful & my performance went backwards. I kept using the arrow keys for a while.

These days, it's just too perfect. You really should try getting used to it for a few weeks or something. It's the perfect layout for maximum performance.

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I don't think my muscle memory could become much better than it is right now. It's mostly just a matter of keeping up my mouse aiming skill & playing the kinds of games I have tendencies to accel in.


Just in case you're nog going to make it as a Pro Gamer, I advice you to keep working on your spelling :wink: You may find that you can excel at other things besides gaming.

Don't worry, I was fully aware of my typos when I made them! ^_^

I just couldn't think of how to spell the word properly, & there's no spellchecker built into this forum post thing. Generally I would have checked it, but I tend to just kindof (<-- now there's an example of laziness) let it go for less professional writing if there's nothing immediately available.

But I seriously couldn't think of the real word.
December 25, 2006 12:40:49 AM

Firefox 2.0 has a built in spell checker, you might want to consider installing that ;-).
December 25, 2006 11:33:08 PM

Firefox has been getting on my nerves more than my vocabulary-related memory ever since it moved past 1.0.7. I don't even start it unless Opera is incompatible with something.
December 26, 2006 12:01:38 AM

I love my opera, but Firefox 2.0 has seriously made me consider trading sides.

Opera's java support is still fairly immature unfortunately and many websites just do not load right, sometimes at all, in it. It is just more convenient to use a browser that almost every web site works in sometimes.

Though I fully intend to get the opera browser for my wii when I get one.
December 28, 2006 5:42:23 PM

Yes, I loved the compatibility of Firefox, but it just became too bloated after 1.5 for me to care.
January 2, 2007 4:49:37 AM

:(  It is getting ridicules how these days people can make money. Gaming is a relax for me and to prove something that you are worthy in this world is not through gaming...when playing you may feel that you are accomplishing something but at the end of the day you are looser because you have wasted a weeks and months doing nothing for yourself.
January 2, 2007 12:58:05 PM

I use E, D, S, and F as my main movement keys.
Reason: if you have largish hands, like me, then you will find that your left hand pinky can reach the shift and control buttons just as well from the "E, D, etc" area as the "W, A, S, D" area. But EDSF also gives you the extra three buttons that are T, G, and V. How can you go wrong?
-cm
January 2, 2007 7:57:52 PM

Wow, I cannot believe I never though of that. I mean, damn. I have a G15 and can hit almost ever G key with my pinky.

I have to try that.

How long did it take you to get used to it?
January 3, 2007 2:56:59 AM

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You seem to have a problem with using the ' when...


Wow, BigMac, I see you've crawled out of that cesspit of the "community" forum and now want to muddle about in the "games" forums. Take your pointless banter and ignorant insults elsewhere, you sad excuse for a moderator. You have no purpose here. Maybe if more of your stupid toadies were with you then you could gain some support from more of those ignorant idiots, but this thread is dedicated to the flow of information, not to the errant chatter of your empty skull. Perhaps there are some people in the Toms Forumz who sincerely wish to listen to your longing hopes of peer dominance and ceaseless quests of belittlement; I am not one of them, nor are these individuals who speak so clearly and kindly to each other in this thread. I hope your keyboard kills itself for putting your foolish words into a perfectly good thread.

To Retratserif: It didn't take long to get used to it, in fact. On the contrary, I now have issues getting used to WASD. :?
January 3, 2007 3:35:24 PM

Lengthy post because most folks have no idea how to go “professional” and there’s a general concensus out there that if you are really good, you can just show up and reap the rewards.

Who am I? I normally I just lurk the mobile forums here... I’m old, 38, and have been competitively gaming for just over 7 years. I’m also a member of TeamHOT who took the Championship for Battlefield 2 at CPL and has several other titles, wins, televised matches, etc. I have watched the clan evolve into professional e-gamers. I’m retired mostly, but I’m on the inside and see/hear a lot of how they’ve done it. For those individual players wishing to “make it”, I’ve got some hints and advice.....
Skill alone won’t cut it. With these teams, everyone just sort of clicks together socially. If you lack grace, maturity, good sportsmanship, whine, complain, and lack a sense of humor, you’ll probably find yourself playing alone. These sorts of behaviours just don’t work in a team setting (at least my team).
Championship Teams don’t have open recruitment. Just like the real world; networking is important. They find you. There are two basic clan types; competitive and “gaming buddy”. Join a clan that scrims competitively against top tier clans; you won’t start in the top tier clans unless you are already known. Be choosey; don’t just join the first clan that says yes... you should be interviewing them as much as they are interviewing you. Don’t just try to get recruited by team that are actively trying to find players: It’s a warning sign that they are struggling.. It’s real bad if you are immediately offered a starting position before they even get to know you. Try to get to know the community socially. A back door is to get involved with those sites like gotfrag and league sites and become active. Half our guys shoutcast, admin the leagues, or write predictions for e-gaming sites. It looks good to the clan and to our sponsors. Another possible backdoor is “events”; our clan is sponsored by x-fire, therefore host several events with other championship teams. It may be a chance to make an impression (no one has been picked up through these events to my knowledge though). Further note: The real “professional gamers” almost never play on public servers, don’t care about your public server stats or ranks, and will laugh you off if you think you’ve proven something by scoring high on a pub. We scrim on closed & locked servers. Worst thing you can do is come in all cocky if you are new to competition; you’ll be humbled, humiliated, and driven away quickly. Reputation does not happen overnight, be patient. Another little known fact: the top teams are rather like a fraternity. It’s a very close knit realm and the opposing players often know each other quite well. If you get on any one of the teams, you’ll quickly be known by all.

If you really want to become a champion, you really need to dig deep and come up with a good plan. This is rather like sports. Get on the wrong team, and you’ll never be noticed. I just happened to get lucky with my first clan and picked a good one without even knowing who they were and where they were headed. They scrimmed with the best and opened doors on my personal reputation as a excellent player. This worked as a stepping stone for my next clan which was a bit more competitive and was winning before they took a downward spiral. All the while, I remained active on forums, xfire, irc, etc., and got to know a lot of folks in the community. Which finally got me to my current clan. This “professional gaming” is relatively new (2 years?), so it’s been interesting seeing how the corporate world is molding and marketing it and how clans have reacted to become marketable names.

Could I go professional? Nope...I’m past my prime and play for fun now. What holds me back is my real life (and to a certain degree my gaming skills); I’ve got a job, wife, and three kids and hardly have the time necessary to get better and keep up with the 40+ hours of scrimming weekly. Also keep in mind that the “winnings/swag” they earn, such as a gpu or mobo, is hardly in my mind adequate compensation for the time you spent preparing for the event.. (I make more in a week than most “professional gamers”)... it’s about the reputation, honor, and the fun that keeps us going.



As for controls. Keep the WASD. Almost every game uses these same keys (and the surrounding ones), so unless you are up for remapping controls (and praying the game lets you), it’s always best to leave the main ones on those keys for muscle memory. Makes it a ton easier to transition from game to game. Oh, and FYI, macros on keyboards like the G15 will get you disqualified and banned from competition for most games.
January 3, 2007 3:46:10 PM

Well, congradulations to you, for... everything I guess. For the kids. Kids are great. Bring them to New York and I'll teach them swimming at my YMCA. Become amazing at the crawl.

About the keys: ESDF is close enough to WASD that I can switch pretty well with some setbacks but not many.
For instance, the crouch key is the same anyway, so is "use" and "pick up"
-cm
January 3, 2007 3:57:47 PM

Thanks for the low down. I still don't have anywhere near the skill needed, but it is good to know what it is like on the inside.
January 3, 2007 5:20:42 PM

Luckily, most games now will let you remap the keyboard controls. I've always had an issue because I'm left handed. So my right hand sits on the WASD and my pinkie gets a real workout... But, I've been doing this so long that my finger memory becomes a real factor. It's weird, but little things like a new mouse will take months to get used to, and fps gaming requires very fast twitch reflexes.

As for skill: As an individual what I've done, knowing my head-to-head skills aren't the best, is specialize.. With Battlefield, there are vehicles and "other" specialized skills a lot of folks bypass for straight infantry. I got most my reputation as a anti-air / base defender in BF1942 for example and mortar with BFV... Pick a weapon combo that's useful and get real good with just that. Play to your strengths and gaming style.

My kids swim (lessons at the YMCA)... in fact, just bought a house in Denver with a swimming pool, so they'll be doing a ton of swimming once this snow melts :lol:  .
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