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03-05-2008, 02:55 PM
Blog: Preparing For Competition (http://www.fragdolls.com/index.php/blogs/detail/category/psyche/preparing_for_competition) by Psyche

03-05-2008, 10:02 PM
This was interesting...I can't even imagine what that must be like preparing for competitions-cool stuff ...I've been gaming for awhile this is my first year actually competing online 'n' stuff it rocks...
keeping the fun in it...very important...
Practicing-Rainbow Six 3-Had the best training facilties ever...!!!
unlimited ammo,knock down targets sniper rifle shotgun SMG handgun and my babyhttp://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/heart.gif the M4...!!!!
sometimes before I play CoD 4...I'll pop that into the 'old' PS2
you know practice double taps'n stuff...cause the worst thing you do is empty your clip holding the trigger down ...and I find that's what call of duty 4 does it forces ya to hold that trigger down...RS3 still one of my favorite games off all time.....errrr next to TEKKEN and Gran Turismo - http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/heart.gif to tune cars-Mustang Cobra R...( officially only 300-made) http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/inlove.gif...
"bad habits like rushing" this is so true----damn spawn kills http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/compsmash.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/59.gif...oh damn, out of space... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/59.gif good luck wit'dat....yo http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/53.gif

03-06-2008, 05:10 AM
Good blog Psyche, I have to say I find the subject of putting a team together, and the aspects of training for compitions very intresting. Being in the process now of trying to put a team together for game battles (only baby steps so far), and then maybe if that works out well more in the future, I dont think I think I can really offer much advice personaly, after all you've already been there and done it (I should really be asking you ladies for advice).

But I've read some good articals and websites over past month/year, well I've been reseaching the subject, they are mainly Halo related but I imagine the team work/building aspects have a great deal in common. Overswarms NSCS guides http://www.overswarm.com/NSCS.php and http://nikon.bungie.org/gameplay/stratguide/ a good example of what this site can offer http://www.overswarm.com/gaming/efficiency.php . Also the forums over at MLG have some posters giving genuinely good advice (you just have to filter out the vast amounts of not so good advice http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif ), for example http://www.mlgpro.com/forum/showthread.php?t=58908 . Hope something in there is useful to you and good luck to all of you in the 08 season.

A question though, last season how many hours per day/week did you train for seperatly and then as a team? http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_cool.gif

03-06-2008, 05:43 AM
I'm kinda glad that you, a competitive gamer, can find it difficult to make out what others are saying over the hubbub; of course, I've never had to play surrounded by a crowd of people. Back during the time I played Gears, I became part of a really strong team (non-competitive) which was a great thing

I find, when playing Guitar Hero III, that I do really well when I kind of zone out (I can't think of a better way to describe it) and focus on the notes but not at the loss of attention from the controller. A similar thing happens in Hexic, though that's obviously not as fast paced

Viper - Seriously, a full clip? If you're playing Call of Duty 4 that way, just get into a habit of controlled bursts.

I wouldn't presume to give you tips, Psyche

03-06-2008, 07:19 AM
Competitiion and practicing. I love it. Of course, it can be stressfull and taxing on your brain, nerves, and health. Knowing how to practice is just as important as competing. If you don't practice well, you won't play well. I learned that awhile ago. That messing around during practices will pretty much insure that you won't go far come gameday. So many things to do when your in training. To help you focus, you have to set your self up to be able to properly and effectively.

-Know your schedule and live by it. This is your job, and your life. You should schedule around IT. Not everything else. Sleep accordingly and enough, at least 7-8 hours a day, but not more than 8, to allow for alertness at it's peak during practice hours. If you are unable to do this. YOU ARE IN THE WRONG PROFFESSION. Really.

-Eat right. I know this sounds like a doctor giving you advice to lose weight. Really though. I couldn't be more serious. If you eat junk. Your gonna perform like junk. You will have no reaction time, you will be lethargic. Your diet will reward you with a better frame of mind and a increased ability to focus. DON'T USE SUPPLEMENTS! They will only let you down eventually. When you crash, you crash hard. It's not worth the momentary allusion that your on top of the world. Eat a ton of Fruit and vegetables. They are the true answer to staying alert 24/7.

-Use the proper tools. Full headsets! Yep. This may sound like a plug for preference. Honestly. I was a doubter as well. Until, I tried them and actually put effort into setting them up. For one. They cover both ears. Allowing for complete silence from outside disturbance and distraction. Also, you get sound into BOTH ears instead of just one. Another plus, is that these will also, feed your communication through them as a layer of sound w/ your game sound. The good sets out there allow for complete individual volume control. So you can balance your teams chat with the game sound. It works. Trust me. Sometimes, I feel I have an unfair advantage using these. You can hear everything around you so good. 2 that I suggest are Turtlebeach's X series(X1,X2,X3) turtlebeach.com All are good. They sell wired and wireless. Also, The Astro A40. Astrogaming.com is superior too. Pricey, but worth every penny. I can't tell you how it helps you to focus on game and communications. Using a ONE ear headset just doesn't cut it when your playing at higher levels.

I have more, but I've run out of time. Those are seriously, the top three things I would preach. From there, it's up to you. If you want it. Nothing is un-achievable.

Valkyrie FD
03-06-2008, 09:51 AM
I think keeping it fun will always be the hard part to me. Gaming is my job and I take it as my job, even on WoW. I find i take it way too serious and only have fun when I am off lvling a toon or not playing a match nowadays, and I wish I could get that fun factor back.

03-06-2008, 10:55 AM
@Doc - You sound like you definitely have experience with competing Eat-right Sleep-right ....Full headsets eh...well I got the last one...
Surprised you really suggest full headset...cool
@Raiden- ...True enough "controlled bursts" Thanx for that...
"Learn from everyone."
"Absorb what is useful to you..."
peace out