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  1. 1. ass kicked to kickinG ass: boot camp For the n00b For Gamers. by Gamers.™ www.razerzone.com CopyriGht 2009 all riGhts reserved Be a Fan on Facebook | Follow us on Twitter 1
  2. 2. ass kicked to kickinG ass: boot camp For the n00b For Gamers. by Gamers.™ www.razerzone.com CopyriGht 2009 all riGhts reserved Be a Fan on Facebook | Follow us on Twitter 2 ass kicked to kickinG ass: boot camp For the n00b
  3. 3. ass kicked to kickinG ass: boot camp For the n00b For Gamers. by Gamers.™ www.razerzone.com CopyriGht 2009 all riGhts reserved Be a Fan on Facebook | Follow us on Twitter 3 why this Guide? This book is specially formulated for new gamers *cough* n00bs. Our intention is to impart some of the basic gaming knowledge to our new friends. If you’re currently playing in a team or playing professionally, this guide may not be for you as you’ve probably already acquired these basics. However, don’t let this deter you from reading our beginners’ guide. It could potentially be a good refresher course and who knows, maybe you’ll pick up something along the way. We hope you enjoy it and feel free to leave your feedback on our guide feedback page at http://www.razerzone.com/gaming-guide/feedback Here’s wishing you great gaming!
  4. 4. ass kicked to kickinG ass: boot camp For the n00b For Gamers. by Gamers.™ www.razerzone.com CopyriGht 2009 all riGhts reserved Be a Fan on Facebook | Follow us on Twitter 4 disclaimer All rights reserved. This book is free for redistribution, but its contents may not be altered in any way. No part of this book may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, include photocopying, recording, or by any information storage and retrieval system, without permission in writing from the Publisher. The information in this e-book is intended for education purposes only. Published by: Limits of Liability / Disclaimer of Warranty: Razer USA Ltd 2035 Corte Del Nogal #101 Carlsbad, CA 92011 This publication is designed to provide competent and reliable information regarding the subject matters covered. However, it is published with the understanding that the publisher and author are not engaged in rendering legal, financial, accounting, or other professional services. Laws and practices often vary from state to state and if legal or other expert assistance is required, the services of a professional should be sought. The publisher and author specifically disclaim and liability that is incurred from the use or application of the contents of this book. The authors and publishers of this book and the accompanying materials have used their best efforts in preparing this program. The authors and publisher make no representative or warranties with respect to the accuracy, applicability, fitness, or completeness of the contents of this program. They disclaim any warranties (expressed or implied), merchantability, or fit for a particular purpose. The authors and publisher shall in NO event be held liable for any loss or other damages, including but not limited to special, incidental, consequential, or other damages. As always, the advice of a competent legal, tax, accounting of other professional should be sought. The authors and publisher do not warrant the performance, effectiveness or applicability of any sites listed in this book. All links are for informational purposes only and are not warranted for content, accuracy or any other implied or explicit purpose. This manual text contains material protected under International and Federal Copyright Laws and Treaties. Any unauthorized reprint or use of this material is prohibited.
  5. 5. ass kicked to kickinG ass: boot camp For the n00b For Gamers. by Gamers.™ www.razerzone.com CopyriGht 2009 all riGhts reserved Be a Fan on Facebook | Follow us on Twitter 5 WarninG! download the latest version oF this Guide! If you have not downloaded this guide directly from the Razer Gaming Guide page, you may have an outdated copy! In order to ensure that you have the latest revision, visit http://www.razerzone.com/gaming-guide And download your free copy today!
  6. 6. ass kicked to kickinG ass: boot camp For the n00b For Gamers. by Gamers.™ www.razerzone.com CopyriGht 2009 all riGhts reserved Be a Fan on Facebook | Follow us on Twitter 6 contents why this Guide?...................................................................................................................................................................................................................................3 disclaimer..................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................4 WarninG!........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................5 download the latest.................................................................................................................................................................................................................5 version oF this Guide!.................................................................................................................................................................................................................5 contents....................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................6 prep your throne...........................................................................................................................................................................................................................8 your operatinG system matters..................................................................................................................................................................................9 TweakinG your computer For maximum perFormance...........................................................................................................................10 all about GaminG mice............................................................................................................................................................................................................11 Gaming mice specifications – DPI? IPS? Lift-off Distance? ........................................................................................................11 Get a grip – Understanding how you hold your mouse and what to get .......................................................................................16 Do you need a mouse with extra buttons?.................................................................................................................................18 Keeping your mouse fit for combat...........................................................................................................................................19 diFFerent Genres oF Games.............................................................................................................................................................................................21 FPS: First Person Shooter .......................................................................................................................................................21 RPG: The Role Playing Games..................................................................................................................................................22 MMORPG: Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games ....................................................................................................22 The Sports Games...................................................................................................................................................................23 RTS: Real Time Strategy Games...............................................................................................................................................23 Simulation Games ...................................................................................................................................................................24 always read the instruction booklet...............................................................................................................................................................25 perFectinG your Game play – practice makes perFect................................................................................................................26 Watch demos ..........................................................................................................................................................................27 Play more, and then some more...............................................................................................................................................29 Learn By Playing With Other Teams .........................................................................................................................................31 Memorize the maps.................................................................................................................................................................32 Break your opponent’s rhythm and predict your battlegrounds .................................................................................................32 Tracking Respawn Time For Power Ups ...................................................................................................................................33
  7. 7. ass kicked to kickinG ass: boot camp For the n00b For Gamers. by Gamers.™ www.razerzone.com CopyriGht 2009 all riGhts reserved Be a Fan on Facebook | Follow us on Twitter 7 Improve Your APM with Shortcut Keys......................................................................................................................................35 Play Against the Player, Not the Game .....................................................................................................................................36 Slumps – What are they and what to do....................................................................................................................................37 Gaming Etiquette.....................................................................................................................................................................38 Visit Gaming Forums, But Don’t Get Trapped............................................................................................................................39 Don’t Type, Speak!...................................................................................................................................................................41 GoinG pro in esports – the basics...........................................................................................................................................................................43 the GaminG industry is boominG....................................................................................................................................................................................46 what are sponsors lookinG For in a team/player?.........................................................................................................................48 team members – eFFective players or plain duds?..........................................................................................................................50 the biG Guns oF international GaminG tournaments.........................................................................................................................52 our last (but not Final) words.................................................................................................................................................................................57 we need your two cents.....................................................................................................................................................................................................58 enjoy free shipping on your next razer gaming peripheral!...............................................................................................59 Share the Guide.............................................................................................................................................................................................................................60 Visit our face book page here....................................................................................................................................................................................61 Visit our twitter page here............................................................................................................................................................................................61 GaminG Guide: printer-Friendly version..............................................................................................................................................................61 about razer™...................................................................................................................................................................................................................................62
  8. 8. ass kicked to kickinG ass: boot camp For the n00b For Gamers. by Gamers.™ www.razerzone.com CopyriGht 2009 all riGhts reserved Be a Fan on Facebook | Follow us on Twitter 8 prep your throne Let’s not rush into things too quickly. We’re going to kick things off with the basics. You want to start playing a decent game? Make sure your gaming area is conducive for you to start practicing. Basic ergonomics not only ensure you get a better game; it also reduces the chances of you sustaining injuries like carpal tunnel. Certain emphasis must be placed on this aspect because as a gamer, you will potentially be spending more time in front of your computer as compared to anyone else. So do take care of yourself. You ain’t going to game long if your wrist hurts after 2 hours. Trust us when we say it’s going to suck if that happens. Here are some fundamentals to healthy ergonomics:  The monitor should be placed directly in front of you, at a distance of 1.5 to 2 feet away, so your neck is in a central position facing straight ahead.  The top of the monitor should be at eye-level.  Adjust your computer screen to avoid glare.  Make sure your mouse, keyboard and any other objects frequently used are within arm’s length to avoid frequent reaching for them awkwardly.  Your forearms and wrists should be straight and parallel to the ground and be on the same level as the keyboard.  Your keyboard should be set at a height which allows your wrist and lower arms to be straight and for your shoulders to be in a relaxed position.  Your feet should rest flat on the ground, not dangle above the floor. Now that we’ve got that out of the way, let’s move on to operating systems.
  9. 9. ass kicked to kickinG ass: boot camp For the n00b For Gamers. by Gamers.™ www.razerzone.com CopyriGht 2009 all riGhts reserved Be a Fan on Facebook | Follow us on Twitter 9 your operatinG system matters Most people don’t really care a lot about their operating system. This explains why after a period of time, it’s very common to hear about complaints about their computers slowing down. You must understand that your OS needs regular maintenance as well. The more programs you install and the more stuff you store in it, the higher the chances of it slowing down. Check out Download.com or Google for utilities that maintain your computer. There are all-in-one software suites like Tune-up utilities that’s pretty much idiot proof (you just need to click on one icon and they do the rest). • Download.com – http://www.download.com
  10. 10. ass kicked to kickinG ass: boot camp For the n00b For Gamers. by Gamers.™ www.razerzone.com CopyriGht 2009 all riGhts reserved Be a Fan on Facebook | Follow us on Twitter 10 TweakinG your computer For maximum perFormance Tweaking your graphic card and games serves to squeeze every bit of performance you can get out of them and to make sure they put on their best show for you. Tweaking your hardware for better frame rates in your games is the first step before deciding to splurge on new hardware. Spending time optimizing your hardware before upgrading it will save you a bundle in the long run. Tweakguides.com is quite the authority on the matter of tweaking and the sort. They have tweaks for your computer hardware or graphic card drivers and also for specific games out in the market, so do drop them a visit at www.tweakguides.com.
  11. 11. ass kicked to kickinG ass: boot camp For the n00b For Gamers. by Gamers.™ www.razerzone.com CopyriGht 2009 all riGhts reserved Be a Fan on Facebook | Follow us on Twitter 11 all about GaminG mice Ah…our favorite domain, after all we did start out with the world’s first gaming mouse. While we could ramble on into the technological and mechanical aspects of what goes into the years of development of our mice, we’ll keep it simple with the basic “must-know” information about utilizing your mouse to better your game play. Gaming mice specifications – DPI? IPS? Lift-off Distance? This miniature CMOS sensor takes thousands of pictures per second of the surface pattern. A processor then interprets mouse movement and speed by comparing successive pictures. This change is, in turn, reflected on the PC display as cursor movement. How good this optical sensor (and so, how good the mouse is) is primarily based on how many of these “pictures” it can take as you move the mouse over a specified distance. The measurement used to determine this is DPI (dots-per-inch). It is how many counts per inch of movement that is sent by the mouse hardware to the OS. e.g. 400dpi (dots-per-inch) means a movement of one inch will result in 400 counts of movement. So generally speaking, the higher the DPI, the more accurate the mouse.
  12. 12. ass kicked to kickinG ass: boot camp For the n00b For Gamers. by Gamers.™ www.razerzone.com CopyriGht 2009 all riGhts reserved Be a Fan on Facebook | Follow us on Twitter 12 What a higher DPI means to you is better control over your cursor on-screen. A good estimate to what’s a good precision level to have in a gaming mouse is roughly 3500dpi and above. As manufacturers race up the DPI charts to outdo each other, some have resorted to using software interpolation to artificially boost up the specifications on their mice to up to higher levels. The last thing you want is to pay top dollars for a gaming mouse only to let it disappoint you. Do your due diligence by reading up on a product over the internet before committing your money to one. Currently leading the DPI race is the Razer Mamba with its 5600DPI 3.5G Laser sensor that achieves the highest precision without falsifying the output by software interpolation. Still with me? Hope we didn’t lose you with the technical mumbo jumbo. As much as DPI is prominently used as the standard benchmark that gaming mice are marketed with, it is actually oversimplifying the requirements of a good gaming mouse. There are other lesser known factors that play just an important part in contributing to the overall performance of a mouse. In 2004, laser sensor technology was introduced to the gaming industry and its main appeal was the higher DPI levels that were not achievable with conventional optical sensors. Laser sensor technology was heavily marketed to take over the torch from the older optical sensors and to become the new standard in gaming mice. Although laser sensors are indeed a substantial technological advance, its inception among the gaming community was sluggish. The key issue that plagued the first generation laser mice was that it exhibits skipping of the tracking sensor when the mouse is move at fast speeds over the mousing surface.
  13. 13. ass kicked to kickinG ass: boot camp For the n00b For Gamers. by Gamers.™ www.razerzone.com CopyriGht 2009 all riGhts reserved Be a Fan on Facebook | Follow us on Twitter 13 Today’s Laser sensors are much more advanced and easily compete with Optical sensors, but these key issues that the first generation showed let Gamers search for an explanation. What else is important, if it’s not just DPI? This missing part of the picture was IPS (inches-per-second). IPS is not commonly discussed by a lot of manufacturers but it plays crucial role in determining the worthiness of a gaming mouse. What IPS measures is the maximum speed at which a mouse can be swiped over a surface before it loses its tracking, causing your cursor to skip on screen. So this means that even if you have a mouse with a superb dpi, it will still exhibit skipping in your games if it has a horrendous IPS specification on it. This is even more crucial if you’re a gamer who plays with a low sensitivity setting. Low sensitivity gamers are known to move their mouse in game at higher speeds and over a larger distance. This is where a reliable IPS specification on their gaming mouse will kick in and deliver the performance they need. A good mouse will never exhibit skipping when moving your cursor for that headshot in an FPS game or mis-clicking on a unit in any RTS game.
  14. 14. ass kicked to kickinG ass: boot camp For the n00b For Gamers. by Gamers.™ www.razerzone.com CopyriGht 2009 all riGhts reserved Be a Fan on Facebook | Follow us on Twitter 14 One more factor that is underrated in a gaming mouse is Lift-Off Distance. The lift-off distance is the maximum distance from the mousing surface that the mouse is still able to track after being lifted. Again, this is more for the low sensitivity gamers. Rather than using an oversized surface, these players move the mouse rapidly across a smaller distance, then physically lift the mouse back to its original position on the pad and repeat the movement (fig. A). All sensors continue tracking for a short distance after being lifted from the surface and this result in small erratic movements of the curser at the moment of lift-off. Fig. A
  15. 15. ass kicked to kickinG ass: boot camp For the n00b For Gamers. by Gamers.™ www.razerzone.com CopyriGht 2009 all riGhts reserved Be a Fan on Facebook | Follow us on Twitter 15 Ideally, what you are looking for in a gaming mouse is minimal lift-off distance so that it immediately stops tracking when your mouse is being lifted up from the mousing surface. This minimizes any unintended cursor movements. Referring to Fig. B below, what this means is that the mouse on the left is a more ideal gaming mouse compared to the one on the right because of its lower lift-off distance. Fig. B All these things may sound very minor to you but if you put them all together, the combined impact all these factors have on your gaming performance can be tremendous. Never underestimate the impact of all the little things. They have a nagging tendency to snow ball into something that comes back to haunt you.
  16. 16. ass kicked to kickinG ass: boot camp For the n00b For Gamers. by Gamers.™ www.razerzone.com CopyriGht 2009 all riGhts reserved Be a Fan on Facebook | Follow us on Twitter 16 Get a grip – Understanding how you hold your mouse and what to get “What do you mean how I hold my mouse?! With my hand of course, dude!” is what many of you are thinking right now. But let me bring this seemingly simple topic one level deeper for you =). After years of studying how gamers hold on to their gaming mice, we have identified 2 major distinct styles of grip: “Claw” and “Palm”. The claw grip involves the gamer using his fingertips to control the mouse. The palm does not rest on the mouse at all. Using the fingertips results in greater control over the mouse as fingertip control offers greater agility as compared to the “palm” style which uses the movement of the forearm. Gaming mice that are built for claw gamers in mind are usually flatter so that the “butt” of the mouse doesn’t touch the palm and hinder the movement of the gamer. Gamers with a claw grip have sensitivity settings that ranges from low to high as the claw grip offers them greater minute movement control. They also tend to be smaller in size so that it does not obstruct the delicate fingertip movements. Photo courtesy of Fnatic (www.fnatic.com)
  17. 17. ass kicked to kickinG ass: boot camp For the n00b For Gamers. by Gamers.™ www.razerzone.com CopyriGht 2009 all riGhts reserved Be a Fan on Facebook | Follow us on Twitter 17 On the other hand, we have the palm grip. Gamers who prefer this style have their whole palm cupped over the mouse, with their fingers flat over the buttons. The gamer’s palm rests on the mouse at all times. They control the movement of the mouse using a combination of the forearm and the wrist so the fingers rarely move. This style offers the greater movement possibilities over the mousing surface as compared to the claw grip. In addition to this, it’s also more stable than the claw grip. Gaming mice suitable for palm gamers are usually hunched with an arched “butt” that allows for the resting of the palm on it. They are usually larger in size so that the gamer can comfortably rest his whole hands on the mouse. What needs to be addressed here is that we’re not trying to convince you to take up one style over the other. The points brought up should serve to enable you to identify the type of grip you have on your mouse so that you can make a better choice prior to making your purchase. Photo courtesy of Fnatic (www.fnatic.com)
  18. 18. ass kicked to kickinG ass: boot camp For the n00b For Gamers. by Gamers.™ www.razerzone.com CopyriGht 2009 all riGhts reserved Be a Fan on Facebook | Follow us on Twitter 18 Do you need a mouse with extra buttons? This is really quite subjective. It depends on the habits of the gamer. It depends on the type of games the gamer plays. The reason why a lot of mice these days have these extra buttons (beyond the usual left click and right click) is because gamers bind commonly used functions in their games to these buttons for easy access and for a quicker response. Not having to look at the keyboard all the time to search for keys means you can concentrate on the screen and on your game. It may sound insignificant because many new gamers will think “Come on, how long is looking for a key on the keyboard going to take?” but as they become better and their games become more fast paced, they soon realize the convenience of being able to shave a few seconds off your reaction time will prove invaluable.
  19. 19. ass kicked to kickinG ass: boot camp For the n00b For Gamers. by Gamers.™ www.razerzone.com CopyriGht 2009 all riGhts reserved Be a Fan on Facebook | Follow us on Twitter 19 Keeping your mouse fit for combat Let’s start with those of you who are still using a ball mouse (Really! Do consider getting an optical or a laser one). We’ll try not to bore you with how you should clean your ball mouse. There are tons of guides out there with pictures to help you along. For the rest of us, these mice have no requirements for you to clean your sensor whatsoever. But one thing that still plagues gamers is the wearing out of the Teflon feet below your mouse. Game stores now sell replacement Teflon feet for when your original ones wear out. Never neglect the importance of a good mouse pad. Just like how race cars perform differently on different types of roads, your mouse is also affected by the surface that they run on. Mouse pads come in different materials these days and the more common ones are made of metal, plastic or fabric. Some better ones come with dual sides so you choose whether you want a smoother surface or a rougher one with more grip. No pro gamer will play without a proper mousing surface so take a page from their book. Get a decent mouse pad because even modern optical mice are very dependent on a good mouse pad to be able to perform well. A lot of things influence the type of mouse mat that you should be using. It depends on the type of sensor you are using, the speed at which you play and your preferred level of thickness just to name a few. It’s not something any gamer should underestimate.
  20. 20. ass kicked to kickinG ass: boot camp For the n00b For Gamers. by Gamers.™ www.razerzone.com CopyriGht 2009 all riGhts reserved Be a Fan on Facebook | Follow us on Twitter 20 On-the-fly sensitivity settings A new feature that more and more gaming mice have these days is an on-the-fly sensitivity changing option. This is the ability to change your mouse sensitivity in a game without having to exit or Alt+Tab out of the game and fiddle with your mouse settings. Originally, this was intended to save gamers from the hassle of leaving their game, changing their sensitivity and then loading the game again to test out the new settings. On-the-fly changes made it possible for them to test out new settings immediate, never needing to leave the game itself. Over time, gamers adapted this feature to the way they play, using it for aggression to score more kills in FPS games instead of using it for the traditional convenience factor. This is how it works: Typically, a gamer would require a higher sensitivity when using a submachine gun or a rifle because the closer range combats means more maneuvering is needed to keep the target in view and on the targeting reticle. In contrast, the same gamer might prefer a lower sensitivity when he picks up a long range weapon like a sniper rifle which , because his targets are further (and thus, smaller on screen), needs lesser movements of his mouse. With on-the-fly sensitivity changing, many gamers simply use this to swap between the higher and lower sensitivity settings to suit the current weapon they are using. This way, they are able to fully exploit each weapon at their best sensitivity settings.
  21. 21. ass kicked to kickinG ass: boot camp For the n00b For Gamers. by Gamers.™ www.razerzone.com CopyriGht 2009 all riGhts reserved Be a Fan on Facebook | Follow us on Twitter 21 diFFerent Genres oF Games The breakdown of games can be done in several ways. We could break down games for the PC and then for the console systems, but many games have options for both. Nevertheless, the best way to break them down is through the types of game that they are. The following are some of the largest genres in games for either or both console or PC gaming systems. FPS: First Person Shooter One of the largest areas and therefore the best place to start is the genre of FPS, or first person shooter. There is no doubt that this is one of the more popular genres of games that you will find. Games here include Counter-Strike, DOOM 3, Call of Duty, Medal of Honor and the Halo series in the shooter style games. The name of this genre really does tell you what it is all about. Action, plenty shooting, beating the bad guy and more shooting, is what you can expect to find in this genre. Years of gaming competitions have spawned from this genre and have literally created an entirely new sport by itself. FPS games come in both single player and multiplayer elements and gaming teams around the world have devised collaborative and tactical strategies for use in world-class tournaments.
  22. 22. ass kicked to kickinG ass: boot camp For the n00b For Gamers. by Gamers.™ www.razerzone.com CopyriGht 2009 all riGhts reserved Be a Fan on Facebook | Follow us on Twitter 22 RPG: The Role Playing Games The next most popular type of game is that of Role Playing Games, called RPGs for short. You will find some of the most successful PC games out there in this genre. The point of these games is you’re usually in control of a character and you complete quests and level up, pounding your way through to a boss character or saving the world. RPGs were made popular by the Super Nintendo console system that kicked off its popularity with superb titles like Chrono Trigger, Final Fantasy and The Legend of Zelda. Popular PC titles also include the Diablo Series, Knights of the Old Republic, and Fable. Even games like X Men Legends is considered to be a role playing based game. Some of the most current games have roots in some type of older role playing game. MMORPG: Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games For those that want to take role playing to the highest level, consider MMORPG games. These games are just what their name says. They are massively built up games of online players playing a role- playing style of game. The draw of these games has been incredible in the last five or so years, as more and more people began having access to high powered internet servers, allowing faster and better play every year. The games are mostly played by those that do have broadband or some form of high speed internet connection. A player’s connection speed is crucial because up to 40 players can band together in a party to carry out quests or slay larger monsters. The sheer number of players puts quite a strain on bandwidth requirements to maintain a lag-free gaming experience.
  23. 23. ass kicked to kickinG ass: boot camp For the n00b For Gamers. by Gamers.™ www.razerzone.com CopyriGht 2009 all riGhts reserved Be a Fan on Facebook | Follow us on Twitter 23 Such games include the extremely popular World Of Warcraft Series from Blizzard. Dungeon and Dragons, Ultima Online, Runescape, Ragnarok and Everquest are also extremely popular with gamers worldwide (some of us in the office are also hooked onto them.) Players can play others from around the world in very diverse, virtual worlds. This allows for multitudes of players as well as an ever changing game play. Challenging as it is, it can be an amazing way to spend your time. The Sports Games Not to be forgotten are games that are dedicated to sports. You will find that many of these are on the console style systems in terms of popularity, but they are often available for both types of systems. Many of these games are sponsored by the big sporting industries and therefore are the "fan based" games that you would expect. Many of these games are sponsored by organizations such as the NFL, NBA, MBA and NHL. You will find that these games often come with some of the best "sports players" endorsing them, making them a huge draw for some younger fans. Included in this genre is the world of sports racing. Leading titles in the genre are games like Gran Turismo and Need For Speed. With each release, game developers are breaking new levels of realism in game physics and achieving stunning graphics at the same time. RTS: Real Time Strategy Games Consider the world of strategy. Some of the gaming genres above also consider strategy to make them successful, such as in the role playing games. But, you will also find that there are a number of games, especially for the PC that based the game solely on this concept. Some of these games have even been converted into console versions because of their popularity in their original PC counterparts. Successful titles includes the Warcraft and the Starcraft series by Blizzard, Warhammer 40,000 and Command and Conquer.
  24. 24. ass kicked to kickinG ass: boot camp For the n00b For Gamers. by Gamers.™ www.razerzone.com CopyriGht 2009 all riGhts reserved Be a Fan on Facebook | Follow us on Twitter 24 Simulation Games For those that fancy real world experience in the world of gaming, the games you want to consider are simulation games. There are many of these, with more hitting the aisles every day. These games have seen an incredible bounce of enthusiasm in the world of console gaming in the last few years. “The Sims” has helped to pave the way for development in this genre. Simulation games have always centered on the player’s management and multitasking skills. For the control maniac in you, there are titles that allow you to manage your own hotel, pizzeria, railway station and the list goes on. Some examples of simulation games include Tropico 2: Pirate Cove and Caesar 3.
  25. 25. ass kicked to kickinG ass: boot camp For the n00b For Gamers. by Gamers.™ www.razerzone.com CopyriGht 2009 all riGhts reserved Be a Fan on Facebook | Follow us on Twitter 25 always read the instruction booklet (Courtesy of Antony Daamen) For every sequel to any game, there are bound to be changes and tweaks to them. Most of us might shrug them off, rationalizing that it can’t be THAT much different from the previous one. I made that mistake in Diablo2. Rogues were not particularly powerful in Diablo so I stepped into PvP with an Amazon in Diablo2, thinking I was going to own her. How hard was it right? I’ve killed Rogues before in Diablo =) But boy was I wrong. The Amazon tore me a new one with her simple but deadly Guided Arrows and Multishot combo =P Needless to say, I spent the night reading the guide that accompanied the game. “Each game is different even newer versions of the old game: E.G. Diablo vs Diablo2, Neverwinter Nights vs Neverwinter Nights 2, Civilization I, II III and IV are all different in rules and play!” There really is no shame in acknowledging that you’re new to a game. Everyone was new at some point or another. So read that tutorial or complete the tutorial. If you’re playing an RPG and have choices to make when you level up, read all about them. It’ll definitely pay off in the long run.
  26. 26. ass kicked to kickinG ass: boot camp For the n00b For Gamers. by Gamers.™ www.razerzone.com CopyriGht 2009 all riGhts reserved Be a Fan on Facebook | Follow us on Twitter 26 perFectinG your Game play – practice makes perFect. Top gaming professionals are perfect, even god-like in their style of play. They know every corner, nook and cranny that a map has to offer and literally make use of each and every location on the map to leverage their scores and to destroy their competition. They seem to instinctively know where and what their opponents are doing, even while they can be miles apart in the same map. Their prediction, on top of their aim, is nothing next to amazing and frightening at the same time. It’s no wonder that many people have actively sought out ways and techniques on how to be one of the professionals and to learn their secret “techniques”. Some of these gamers have honed their skills over the years, while others seem to have sprung out from the hidden underground to take over a veteran gamer. After years of working with professional gamers who range from individual champions to dominating teams, we’ve dug down and documented the core strategies that have made them leap across the general casual gamer league to fearsome inner circle elites. While we do not get into each generic tactic and strategy of each specific game, you can apply these techniques into further details by your own. The gaming scene changes almost on a daily basis, but the basic fundamentals remain as a core building block in improving and bringing your gaming skills to the next level.
  27. 27. ass kicked to kickinG ass: boot camp For the n00b For Gamers. by Gamers.™ www.razerzone.com CopyriGht 2009 all riGhts reserved Be a Fan on Facebook | Follow us on Twitter 27 Watch demos Many games have incorporated the ability to save a replay after your match ends. Such a feature has proved invaluable to mainstream gamers. This allows them to watch the replays of the professional gamers at their best and learn from it, all this at their own time and pace. Certain games have replays which you can pause, fast forward or rewind, which means it’s possible to re-watch the exciting parts of a replay. This speeds up the learning process, allowing you to win your games, and faster. But this is only half the story. The value of replays is that you can even save replays from your own games. Knowing strategies and tips from the better gamers is one thing, but knowing your own strengths and weaknesses is the other. Make it a rule to save and watch your own replays. In real time strategy games (Command & Conquer, Starcraft etc.), replays often have the option that allows you to watch the playback with the map totally revealed (i.e. no fog of war). It’s a brilliant way of comparing your build order against your opponent’s. Find out what is he doing that makes him faster and steal that technique from him to make it an evolution of your skills. In addition, voiceover commentary or replay evaluation comments are things you would want to keep a lookout for when obtaining a replay. There’s not much point in watching a replay and not knowing what’s happening. Let the more experienced players guide you along the replay and highlight key strategic movements that’s worth noticing. Photo Courtesy of Team EG (www.myeg.ca)
  28. 28. ass kicked to kickinG ass: boot camp For the n00b For Gamers. by Gamers.™ www.razerzone.com CopyriGht 2009 all riGhts reserved Be a Fan on Facebook | Follow us on Twitter 28 Professional gamers analyze each of their own moves throughout a game and figure out how to correct a mistake, or how to further improve a technique. GamerReplays.org has an impressive list of mainly RTS games that they have replays for. They not only give you the replays, but there are also comments about the games and they highlight the things that are worth learning from in every replay. Check out their site here. • GamerReplays – http://www.gamereplays.org/
  29. 29. ass kicked to kickinG ass: boot camp For the n00b For Gamers. by Gamers.™ www.razerzone.com CopyriGht 2009 all riGhts reserved Be a Fan on Facebook | Follow us on Twitter 29 Play more, and then some more. Constant practice is the foundation to being good at any game. Games are very dynamic by nature and accomplished players familiarize themselves to a multitude of scenarios. It doesn’t stop there. Constant practice then serves to improve their reaction time in the face of all the scenarios present in the game. This is especially true in FPS (First Person Shooters) where your agility in a shoot out determines who lives, and who dies. Practice should never be undermined. Just because you’ve seen it all doesn’t mean you know it all. Keep playing and more strategies will be unveiled to you. Learning progressively is crucial in making sure you keep yourself on top of the competition. Many a gamer will tell you straight off the bat that constant practice is the one thing that makes a good gamer great. Just being able to play the game is insufficient if you strive to excel. Good gamers play to the point where it becomes second nature. Every reaction and every move is fueled heavily by instincts and familiarity. Only consistent practice will bring you to this level of game play. No fancy hardware or game guide you buy can ever achieve this in place of practice. Photo courtesy of Fnatic (www.fnatic.com)
  30. 30. ass kicked to kickinG ass: boot camp For the n00b For Gamers. by Gamers.™ www.razerzone.com CopyriGht 2009 all riGhts reserved Be a Fan on Facebook | Follow us on Twitter 30 One great tip in any FPS game is to be able to gauge the distant between your mouse cursor and the target you want to hit. Your job is to “memorize” how much movement of your mouse is required to cover any specific distant on-screen. Once you have accomplished this, you’ll be able to “swipe” your mouse to nail the enemy the moment you see him, resulting in an almost instantaneous reaction. Play against someone else who still can’t do this and you’ll immediate see how incredible this skill is. The challenge now would be to find a sensitivity that you are most comfortable with and to stick with this sensitivity in every FPS you play. Tweak your sensitivity setting bit by bit until you find the one that gets you the most kills. One way to practice this is to find a target spot in your FPS. It could be a mark on some wall or maybe even a barrel or some small object. Turn 180 degrees around and then immediate turn around and try to hit that spot. This would slowly improve your hand eye coordination to the point where you can nail it almost every time. Professional gamers track, jump, and do strafing runs until they get perfect at it, after which they refine it further till it gets to a point where they just repeat the motion in a real gaming tournament. Photo courtesy of Fnatic (www.fnatic.com)
  31. 31. ass kicked to kickinG ass: boot camp For the n00b For Gamers. by Gamers.™ www.razerzone.com CopyriGht 2009 all riGhts reserved Be a Fan on Facebook | Follow us on Twitter 31 Learn By Playing With Other Teams Let’s be frank. There’s only so much you can learn about any game by playing with the computer AI or by playing with your own circle of friends. You may accomplish a level of game play that’s competent, but not good. Go out and see the world. I’m not talking about traveling all over the country to look at the pros play at every tournament. You’ll be surprised that there are probably a couple of players or teams in your neighborhood cyber café that kicks ass at their game. On top of that, many of them could potentially be looking out for new teams to play with. Playing with a myriad of gamers allows you to be exposed to the many different play styles. As mentioned, games are merely a medium. How one player utilizes the weapons and options available in the game can vary very different to another. Being exposed to different styles of play makes it possible for you to pick up some good tips and improve on them, making you a better player. Not only that, once you’ve figured out the main strategies your opponents use, you’ll be able to break them down and pinpoint the weaknesses. So on one hand, you become better at the game; the other hand, you are better equipped to exploit your opponent’s weaknesses. Learning by playing is also a great way to improve because by interacting with actual gamers, you’ll be able to understand their game play mentality and get insightful tips from the better players. So don’t just play with other teams, be friendly. Gamers are usually more willing to give up more tips once you warm up to them.
  32. 32. ass kicked to kickinG ass: boot camp For the n00b For Gamers. by Gamers.™ www.razerzone.com CopyriGht 2009 all riGhts reserved Be a Fan on Facebook | Follow us on Twitter 32 Memorize the maps In any RTS or FPS, the games are played on certain maps. Committing the layout of the map and the exact location of any resources (gold, power-ups, etc) to memory will dramatically improve your game play and increase your chances of a win. In RTS games, good players will very often rush to take control of a resource location before the opponent does. Knowing exactly where the resources are means you don’t waste time scouting around for it. In the example of a FPS, having fully memorized your map means that you will be able to rush straight to any location with a strategic advantage, be it a higher ground or a choke point that your opponents frequent and gaining the upper hand. Memorizing the layout of the map also mean you’ll know all the back alleys or alternative routes to take if you want to backstab a camping enemy or a sniper. Break your opponent’s rhythm and predict your battlegrounds In any game, common clashing zones exist in maps. In FPS, this is usually an open space in the middle of the spawn zone of both teams; a narrow tunnel choke point or any grounds where firefights between players or teams are frequent. Knowing how fast it takes you and also how fast it takes your opponents to get there can net you a huge advantage. Imagine playing an FPS and you have a few grenades in your inventory. Predicting and accurately identifying where your opponent will be by the time you are near a familiar clashing zone means you can lop a few grenades over to damage him before he even sees you. Likewise, in a RTS, being able to accurately time where your enemies will be means you’ll be able to place a few siege units or mines before he walks into them and into the arms of certain doom.
  33. 33. ass kicked to kickinG ass: boot camp For the n00b For Gamers. by Gamers.™ www.razerzone.com CopyriGht 2009 all riGhts reserved Be a Fan on Facebook | Follow us on Twitter 33 Most players have a certain rhythm to their game. This is mainly because once most gamers are used to a certain approach to their game. They become too comfortable with it and tend to stick to and repeat their movements. This rhythm is more obvious as you play against a certain player over time. The trick here is to take away that comfort in your opponent. If they are expecting you at a particular area all the time, then just not be there at that time you normally reach it. Purposely waste a minute or two at your spawn point. Doing this makes your own rhythm unpredictable and it makes it more difficult for the opponent to pre-empt you. If they won’t know where and when to expect you, they will continuously fear that you might backstab them. Take away their confidence and you’re a step nearer to victory. Tracking Respawn Time For Power Ups Power-ups are common in many games. One common characteristic of power-ups is that they usually re-spawn after a certain interval. Your job is to memorize this interval. Getting power-ups as soon as they spawn accomplishes two things. One, you become more powerful. Two, your opponent doesn’t get a chance to become stronger. It’s win-win for you. Some games like Quake has an in-built timer you can choose to have displayed on screen while you play so you can make reference to it and know when you should be running back to the armor or weapon spawn point. If your game doesn’t have this feature, a simple way around this is to place a small timer or clock beside your monitor. It achieves the same result and trains you to be more disciplined in keeping track.
  34. 34. ass kicked to kickinG ass: boot camp For the n00b For Gamers. by Gamers.™ www.razerzone.com CopyriGht 2009 all riGhts reserved Be a Fan on Facebook | Follow us on Twitter 34 If you were to look at many good players, they tend to place quite a high importance on securing power ups or resources. Knowing when they will spawn and where they are located is incredibly crucial because the last thing you want to do is to waste time and effort running around to search for them or running to a location only to find out that the power up has now spawned or has already been taken by your enemy.
  35. 35. ass kicked to kickinG ass: boot camp For the n00b For Gamers. by Gamers.™ www.razerzone.com CopyriGht 2009 all riGhts reserved Be a Fan on Facebook | Follow us on Twitter 35 Improve Your APM with Shortcut Keys APM stands for actions-per-minute. This is more commonly a term for RTS gamers. In RTS games that involve selecting units and building certain structures, there can be sub- commands that can be given to these units. For example, attacking units may have special abilities that must be activated by the gamer or structures must be given commands before they will launch an attack or build you a unit. Having to move your mouse around clicking frantically to issue all these commands, while executing your attack, wastes an incredible amount of time. In almost all RTS games nowadays, shortcut keys are made available to every command you have to issue. For example, the “A” key on your keyboard is commonly used for an “Attack” command. Commit the commands you use frequently to memory so instead of moving your cursor back and forth between the battlefield and your command panel, you can swiftly hit a series of keys to issue the exact same command to your troops. If you’ve taken the recommendation and have bought yourself a mouse or keyboard with customizable keys, use it. Binding a series of keystrokes to a single key or button will save you a lot of time and reduce distractions. Instead of wasting time clicking on your barracks and building more units, bind the action to the shortcuts keys instead. Your concentration is better off spent on destroying your enemies or forming a strategic formation. After all, if you spend your time looking for each key in order to type out an email, you’ll take an eternity to write it. Speed is everything.
  36. 36. ass kicked to kickinG ass: boot camp For the n00b For Gamers. by Gamers.™ www.razerzone.com CopyriGht 2009 all riGhts reserved Be a Fan on Facebook | Follow us on Twitter 36 Play Against the Player, Not the Game A common pitfall of new players is that they focus only on the stats of units in the game and believe that winning or losing is a numbers game. Good players think beyond the game. They focus on exploiting the weakness of the player behind the game. Some players have a more defensive style, and others play more offensively. Play with their minds. A defensive player will have a certain expectation of you to run into their traps or guns. If you can successfully disrupt this expectation of theirs, you’ll be able to instill panic in your opponent. When they panic, that’s when they start making mistakes. The whole idea is to cause confusion in your opponents. Gaming is a psychological battle between human players; the game merely a medium.
  37. 37. ass kicked to kickinG ass: boot camp For the n00b For Gamers. by Gamers.™ www.razerzone.com CopyriGht 2009 all riGhts reserved Be a Fan on Facebook | Follow us on Twitter 37 Slumps – What are they and what to do A slump is simply a point in time when your frags simply drop, you get backstabbed a lot, you can’t kick ass like you used to, and you just can’t figure out why! You’ve checked your settings and nothing changed. You’ve checked your hardware and there’re no problems with any of them. So why has your performance suddenly hit rock bottom? This, my friend, is what the pros call a slump. Like in any other professional sport where the star player is on a losing streak over a few seasons, this happens in computer gaming as well. Many gamers will be disheartened and many are tempting with quitting the game totally. What most people don’t realize is that it happens even in the best of us. It sure as hell doesn’t mean you’ve lost your edge. It doesn’t mean that’s your limits and it’s the best you’ll ever get. What I’m trying to drive at is that it very well doesn’t mean you suck! A general advice is to just take a break from the game and get your mind off doing something else. The last thing you need at this point is to force yourself to continue playing and still get the same crappy kills. It hurts morale a lot. You’ll have to understand that as you play more and not give up, your slumps become less frequent. Don’t ever write off a slump. In any good gamer, they fully accept that slumps are unavoidable and what they work towards is to improve their skills such that even in a slump, they still perform reasonably well. They are able to take a slump and turn it into a source of motivation. This differentiates winners and losers so make that your own goal as well.
  38. 38. ass kicked to kickinG ass: boot camp For the n00b For Gamers. by Gamers.™ www.razerzone.com CopyriGht 2009 all riGhts reserved Be a Fan on Facebook | Follow us on Twitter 38 Gaming Etiquette We’re all here to make computer gaming a more pleasant activity, be it for you or for the people that we play with. You have probably experienced players who ruin a game with their unnecessary comments and name calling. It happens. Etiquette in gaming is not a necessity, but it’s definitely desired and appreciated. What’s the point of being the best player around but have a nasty reputation that drags your name into the mud? Let’s start with the name calling. Gamers have to understand that the repercussions of this are usually wider than what they think it is. When you decide to embarrass yourself by lashing out at someone from the opposite team, it puts a dent in the morale of your own teammates because you might very well be embarrassing them when you start making a scene. It’s easy for people to get heated up while gaming but it takes some level of discipline to draw the line between the game and reality. The aggressiveness should stay in the game. If you play online, you might have come across players whom you suspect is playing with a cheat of some sort. As much as it may be natural to want to start pointing fingers, calm down and think about it. Is it worth it to start pointing fingers and disrupt the game for everyone? How sure are you that he’s cheating? If you’re not, we recommend against hurling accusations on an empty basis. If the other player really wasn’t cheating, it may backfire and make you look bad at the end of the day. Good gaming etiquette can very often be the sole element that differentiates between an enjoyable game versus a frustrating one. It establishes a solid foundation for friendly game play and healthy competition.
  39. 39. ass kicked to kickinG ass: boot camp For the n00b For Gamers. by Gamers.™ www.razerzone.com CopyriGht 2009 all riGhts reserved Be a Fan on Facebook | Follow us on Twitter 39 Visit Gaming Forums, But Don’t Get Trapped. Gaming forums are great avenues to draw information from and learning miscellaneous tips and tricks from fellow gamers. Often you can chance upon an extremely powerful or sneaky strategy and apply it to your game play to improve it even more; however forums pose a threat that can eat away at your time if you get swallowed in with all the banter and non-important chit chat. While we recommend that you spend some time browsing forums, one of the best strategies is to apply a time limit to how much time you spend on each forum. 45 minutes of pure browsing can take place very easily and throw you off your originally intended visit – which was to learn two to three techniques. We highly recommend that you note down or bookmark a useful forum thread or page each time you visit a forum and test it out yourself in order to ascertain that it’s useful for your own use.
  40. 40. ass kicked to kickinG ass: boot camp For the n00b For Gamers. by Gamers.™ www.razerzone.com CopyriGht 2009 all riGhts reserved Be a Fan on Facebook | Follow us on Twitter 40 Never assume that what is posted is pure truth, and always take secondary advice from the self-proclaiming “experts” with a huge pinch of salt. Another useful aspect of gaming forums is that you can make like-minded friends and form potential team mates in the same game that you enjoy. Again, beware of the time-wasting element that forums are extremely notorious of. Stay out of bickering and flaming sessions as they do absolutely nothing but to reduce the time you could have possibly used for training your skills.
  41. 41. ass kicked to kickinG ass: boot camp For the n00b For Gamers. by Gamers.™ www.razerzone.com CopyriGht 2009 all riGhts reserved Be a Fan on Facebook | Follow us on Twitter 41 Don’t Type, Speak! Typing is slow. There’s no 2 ways to it. You’re in luck though. The internet has come far since the early days of the 56k modem. Nowadays, Software like Teamspeak, Ventrilo or even Skype allows you to run them in the background while you play your games. With a simple microphone, you can talk to your friends and co- ordinate strategies instantaneously. You will never have to waste time typing frantically at the keyboard trying to warn them about an impending attack or launch a team attack ever again. All these translate to better reaction time for you and your team. They all work quite similarly and have their pros and cons. Read up more about what they can do for you and what suits your team best.
  42. 42. ass kicked to kickinG ass: boot camp For the n00b For Gamers. by Gamers.™ www.razerzone.com CopyriGht 2009 all riGhts reserved Be a Fan on Facebook | Follow us on Twitter 42 Teamspeak can be found at www.goteamspeak.com. It runs on Windows/Mac OS X and Linux. Ventrilo is up for grabs at www.ventrilo.com. Same thing, it runs on Windows/Mac OS X and Linux. Both software titles are FREE so there’s virtually no excuse not to try them out.
  43. 43. ass kicked to kickinG ass: boot camp For the n00b For Gamers. by Gamers.™ www.razerzone.com CopyriGht 2009 all riGhts reserved Be a Fan on Facebook | Follow us on Twitter 43 GoinG pro in esports – the basics The internet brought many things, but ultimately it is eSports that make it worthwhile. Yes, connecting to the world of news is important and undoubtedly we have been able to meet many people through blogs, forums and even emails. Yet, what fun would any of those things be without the enjoyment of what eSports can provide for you? Technically speaking, eSports, or electronic sports, is a generic term that is used to describe the vast world of computer gaming. We are not talking about the kids’ stuff, but competitive sports that is driven by some of the most intelligent and computer-savvy people in the world. You may have heard it being called “Cyber Sports” and the players, “Cyber Athletes”. "V Sports" is another term that has been thrown around. Photo courtesy of Fnatic (www.fnatic.com) So…What do all of these mean for you? The ultimate definition of eSports is that these are games played on the web, at both amateur and professional levels. Yes, you can be a professional video gamer, though it is a challenge to become one; you can be making thousands of dollars doing what you love to do. Imagine that!
  44. 44. ass kicked to kickinG ass: boot camp For the n00b For Gamers. by Gamers.™ www.razerzone.com CopyriGht 2009 all riGhts reserved Be a Fan on Facebook | Follow us on Twitter 44 Most eSports are first person shooters, sports games or real time strategy games, or other qualifications in those genres. They are played competitively so that the best of the best win tournaments played over weeks or months. The internet serves as a connection tool for those that enjoy eSports and the ease of connecting with others makes it an incredibly worthwhile tool to use. In professional level gaming tournaments, these are played at live arenas. This is the ultimate gaming situation because it requires the highest level of skill played in a tight environment. These tournaments also have the highest winning prizes and even sponsorships to benefit from. Regardless of where you play or at what level you play eSports, the immense popularity that drive people together in this sport are very real. A handful of games are played vigorously, and often so intensely that life gets put to the side while the game is played. Gaming at the professional level requires you to see the game closer as a form of work, not all fun. Photo courtesy of Team EG (www.myeg.ca)
  45. 45. ass kicked to kickinG ass: boot camp For the n00b For Gamers. by Gamers.™ www.razerzone.com CopyriGht 2009 all riGhts reserved Be a Fan on Facebook | Follow us on Twitter 45 It is possible to move from an amateur to the most elite of players, but it does take time and hard work to make that happen. Those that accomplish this transition can win more than just prizes and money, but also worldwide recognition of fame. eSports are extremely popular in various areas of the world. In South Korea, where the computer gaming has taken the nation by storm, the draw is immense. People watch professionals play at the highest level as if they were at a sporting event. Pro gamers and their skills are not to be undermined. Making 400 moves per minute is no small feat and that such gamers are usually rewarded with a celebrity status that many desire. Most importantly, the draw has moved well west, into the United States and Europe, where we can now enjoy tournaments nearly all year round. While sponsorship opportunities from the eastern countries are still larger, the west is not far behind. Ultimately, to be a professional gamer, the key elements required are more than just skill and talent, but a burning desire to win at one of the most challenging sports out there.
  46. 46. ass kicked to kickinG ass: boot camp For the n00b For Gamers. by Gamers.™ www.razerzone.com CopyriGht 2009 all riGhts reserved Be a Fan on Facebook | Follow us on Twitter 46 the GaminG industry is boominG Did you know that in the year 2005, the video gaming industry topped the movie industry? By bringing in a cool $10 billion (yes that is with a B) in sales, there is no doubt that people are demanding bigger and better things from the games that they play. It is a good thing, then, that video game developers are delivering that for them! Not only is there a lot of talk about the next release of your favorite game, it is likely that you will see high end, movie quality marketing done to promote that game's release too. For example, Half Life 2 was marketed heavily, hoping to get enough buyers to buy it right off the shelves as soon as it hits them. Photo courtesy of Team EG (www.myeg.ca) This is generally the scale of attention that only movies receive. For the record, when Halo 2 was first announced, pre order units topped nearly two million, making it one of the largest pre ordered products ever. More importantly to note, that happened in 2004. Imagine what the sales for a game on that same platform could do now!
  47. 47. ass kicked to kickinG ass: boot camp For the n00b For Gamers. by Gamers.™ www.razerzone.com CopyriGht 2009 all riGhts reserved Be a Fan on Facebook | Follow us on Twitter 47 The fact is companies are already planning for that exact thing. By the time the 2008 releases begin to show up, it is estimated that games will bring in, in pre order sales as well as opening sales, some 60 million dollars. That is a huge number in terms of production and profit. For that, gamers insist on higher quality, better technology and superb graphics. Computer gaming systems are also growing rapidly. Entire computers are designed to be nothing more than their own gaming unit with all of the best graphics and abilities that you would expect. Companies have been long sponsoring teams and individual soloists in their bid to become the world’s best gamers and to achieve international fame, and if you or your team is looking to be part of the gaming shockwave, read on to know what it takes. In addition to the increased recognition of gaming as a sport, Guinness has officially announced a Guinness World Records Gamers’ Edition. Among the coveted titles are “largest cash prize won by an individual for a single game” won by Meng “RocketBoy” Yang. He bagged $125,000 USD in a match against fellow pro gamer Jonathan “Fatal1ty” Wendel. Meng “Rocketboy” Yang
  48. 48. ass kicked to kickinG ass: boot camp For the n00b For Gamers. by Gamers.™ www.razerzone.com CopyriGht 2009 all riGhts reserved Be a Fan on Facebook | Follow us on Twitter 48 what are sponsors lookinG For in a team/player? To be considered and selected for sponsorship, you must essentially reflect the brand of your sponsor, sharing its values and characteristics. It is important to showcase attributes such as teamwork, discipline and the desire to be the best. You (or your team) should also be one of the leading gamers in your respective game categories and be recognized for portraying a friendly image to qualify for a sponsorship. Do take note that being good at your game is not enough for most sponsors. Sponsors are looking for gamers and teams that can champion the eSports industry by portraying a wholesome image that the rest of community can look up to and strive towards. Photo courtesy of Fnatic (www.fnatic.com) Players that may be good but are rude or unethical will find themselves being turned down. So while you are training up on your gaming skills, never ignore that as with any sports, it’s also as important to develop your character and discipline.
  49. 49. ass kicked to kickinG ass: boot camp For the n00b For Gamers. by Gamers.™ www.razerzone.com CopyriGht 2009 all riGhts reserved Be a Fan on Facebook | Follow us on Twitter 49 It will give you an edge over other gamers looking for sponsorship to be involved actively in National & International competitions (e.g. World Cyber Games, World ESports Games, Electronic Sports League, Major League Gaming and Global Gaming League). On top of that, holding a good track record in terms of viewer ship and attendance, as well as having a significant loyal following will also put you in a better light when contending for sponsorship.
  50. 50. ass kicked to kickinG ass: boot camp For the n00b For Gamers. by Gamers.™ www.razerzone.com CopyriGht 2009 all riGhts reserved Be a Fan on Facebook | Follow us on Twitter 50 team members – eFFective players or plain duds? If you’re intending to group together four to five of your best gaming mates into a team to strive for a place in the top gaming tournaments, it’s crucial to follow these ground principles. Choosing the right team members is crucial to developing a solid team. When selecting team members, select players that are going to work with the chemistry of your team. Their individual skills should complement each other. Having a player that is good at one aspect is important as long as there is someone else to pick up what's left behind by that player. Surrounding yourself with successful team members will help develop you to a professional level beyond that of what others can do alone, and this has been proven through years of other sporting disciplines. You can find forums all over the league websites to help you to find other people to play with. Take your time in selecting people, always looking at what they can provide to your team. Play against them to judge their skill level against your own. Find out how committed to achieving the goals of reaching a professional level they are.
  51. 51. ass kicked to kickinG ass: boot camp For the n00b For Gamers. by Gamers.™ www.razerzone.com CopyriGht 2009 all riGhts reserved Be a Fan on Facebook | Follow us on Twitter 51 Will they commit the time and the money to achieving this goal? If not, then they are not the right team player for you and the team. Considering the benefits of a clan or team as most people will want to jump on board with you too be “part of a clan / team”. Finding effective team members will help you to move forward faster, up to the professional status. Choose carefully if not you risk employing someone who can drastically implode your team from the inside.
  52. 52. ass kicked to kickinG ass: boot camp For the n00b For Gamers. by Gamers.™ www.razerzone.com CopyriGht 2009 all riGhts reserved Be a Fan on Facebook | Follow us on Twitter 52 the biG Guns oF international GaminG tournaments Perfecting your level of game play is your first goal. You must be able to match the competitive level of other professional players to even make it past the first round in any competition. Once you do accomplish that, though, you are sure to find yourself making a solid investment with your career in gaming. Enter the world of gaming tournaments. This is the world which will develop your skills to the highest level. This is where all of those who want to become professionals will accomplish their goal. Competitions are where you will earn your professional title and credibility. In many areas of the world, they are beginning to take on the same feel and demand as major league sports have. The fans are behind them and the televised tournaments are happening. Of course, the players are the focus of competitions and you can be one of them. Photo courtesy of Team World Elite
  53. 53. ass kicked to kickinG ass: boot camp For the n00b For Gamers. by Gamers.™ www.razerzone.com CopyriGht 2009 all riGhts reserved Be a Fan on Facebook | Follow us on Twitter 53 There are several associations that help to sponsor and run these tournaments or competitions and we will look at several of them here. You should realize that these associations are what help to bring you the paycheck. This is where many of the best professional players in the world of gaming are truly rolling in the money and big time.
  54. 54. ass kicked to kickinG ass: boot camp For the n00b For Gamers. by Gamers.™ www.razerzone.com CopyriGht 2009 all riGhts reserved Be a Fan on Facebook | Follow us on Twitter 54 World Cyber Games World Cyber Games is another association that you need to learn about if you want to be a professional gamer. This is an international gaming association that is operated by International Cyber Marketing, out of Korea. Microsoft and Samsung are two of the largest backers of this gaming organization. WCG was first organized in 2000 with its first gaming tournament a year later. This is a once a year festival, of sorts that allows gamers to meet and stay in "villages" where they will compete. The set up is much like that of the Olympics. Countries are sponsored and invited by the organization to compete in this positive gaming experience. Each country is responsible for finding their best "players" such as in the Olympics by hosting their own specific preliminary rounds of competition with only the best of the best moving to the festival themselves. Over 700 players will compete in the finals. The finals are held at a different host city each year. Over 70 countries will be represented in this gaming festival! World Cyber Game http://www.worldcybergames.com
  55. 55. ass kicked to kickinG ass: boot camp For the n00b For Gamers. by Gamers.™ www.razerzone.com CopyriGht 2009 all riGhts reserved Be a Fan on Facebook | Follow us on Twitter 55 Electronic Sports League The Electronic Sports League, ESL, is based in Europe but expanded to be a global player in the eSport tournament industry. Hosting a number of events including the ESL Extreme Masters, the ESL Major Series, the ESL Pro Series, the ESL Amateur Series and the European Nation Cup, the ESL has a widespread portfolio of national and international tournaments. It includes any game from Counterstrike & Quake to Starcraft or even Carom 3D. If there is a community for the game, the ESL will host tournaments for them, which distinguishes them from other major League/Tournament Organisations. Electronic Sports League www.esl.eu Major League Gaming
  56. 56. ass kicked to kickinG ass: boot camp For the n00b For Gamers. by Gamers.™ www.razerzone.com CopyriGht 2009 all riGhts reserved Be a Fan on Facebook | Follow us on Twitter 56 Major League Gaming is the largest professional video game league in the United States. Focusing mainly on Console Gaming MLG is exclusively targeting the approximately 40 million consumers in North America who have a passion for playing video games as a competitive social activity. At the same time they recruit some of the best professional gamers and give players around the US an opportunity to compete, improve their skills, and socialize through their online community and live Pro Circuit competitions. With games like Halo3, Gears of War2 and Call of Duty 4 they are currently focused on Console Gaming, but not exclusive as they also feature World of Warcraft. Major League Gaming www.mlgpro.com
  57. 57. ass kicked to kickinG ass: boot camp For the n00b For Gamers. by Gamers.™ www.razerzone.com CopyriGht 2009 all riGhts reserved Be a Fan on Facebook | Follow us on Twitter 57 our last (but not Final) words We hope that this quick guide has helped you in some ways to finding the quickest way to improve your game play. The following information has been researched from countless gamers and professionals that we have worked with, and we hope to hear back from you if you have found the guide useful, or to point out a tip or two that we have possibly missed. Just visit http://www.razerzone.com/gaming-guide/feedback and drop us a note and we’ll include it into the next revision of this guide. While transitioning from a novice gamer may take many hours and possibly months of training, following the ground principles compiled above can help you drastically accelerate the process from being a fragbait noob to a fearsome fragging god (or goddess). Our vision for this guide was not to make it Razer’s guide. It was to make it the Gamers’ guide. Yes, YOUR guide. This guide, as it is right now, is far from completion. We will continue to collect and piece together gaming tips and wisdom from YOU, the gamers. Every one of you will own a piece of this guide. At the end of the road, the guide will truly reflect the essence of the phrase “For Gamers, By Gamers”. Happy Fraggin’! Team Razer For Gamers. By Gamers.™
  58. 58. ass kicked to kickinG ass: boot camp For the n00b For Gamers. by Gamers.™ www.razerzone.com CopyriGht 2009 all riGhts reserved Be a Fan on Facebook | Follow us on Twitter 58 we need your two cents In order to improve this guide, we look forward to hearing from your comments and suggestions on how we can improve this guide further. Through our core philosophy of developing hardware and software for gamers by gamers, we would enable this guide to help gamers reach another level through collaborative knowledge. Send In Your Questions and Feedback Today For Inclusion In The Next Version! http://www.razerzone.com/gaming-guide/feedback
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  60. 60. ass kicked to kickinG ass: boot camp For the n00b For Gamers. by Gamers.™ www.razerzone.com CopyriGht 2009 all riGhts reserved Be a Fan on Facebook | Follow us on Twitter 60 Share the Guide If you found this guide useful, share it with your fellow friends and gamers! Here are a couple of ideas for you on how you can share this book. • Send a copy (PDF) of this book via email, AIM, MSN and other instant messengers to your friends. • Post the link on forums, message boards or discussion lists that you participate in. (tip- you can include it in your signature). • Talk about the guide on your blog, or you can even let your visitors download it from your site. • Save a copy on a thumb drive and share it with your friends at your local LAN Center. • Share the gaming guide link on your MySpace, Facebook, Friendster or social network profile page! • Or even create a podcast and voice it out to your visitors! You can also bookmark it on the following websites below. del.icio.us Digg StumbleUpon Netscape Newsvine Reddit Tailrank Google Bookmarks ma.gnolia.com Furl BlinkList Yahoo! My Web Windows Live Technorati
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  62. 62. ass kicked to kickinG ass: boot camp For the n00b For Gamers. by Gamers.™ www.razerzone.com CopyriGht 2009 all riGhts reserved Be a Fan on Facebook | Follow us on Twitter 62 about razer™ Razer collaborates with gamers to develop, manufacture and market cutting-edge gaming peripherals utilizing proprietary technologies that give gamers the competitive edge. We reinvented the computer gaming industry by bringing this competitive edge to gamers when professional computer gaming was in its infancy. In the mid 90s, with the advent of networked gaming and competitive first-person- shooter (FPS) games, gamers found that their legacy peripherals were inhibiting rather than enhancing their gameplay. In 1999, the Razer Boomslang™, the stuff of gaming legends, was launched after much research. Featuring an unprecedented precision of up to 2000 dpi when other mice maxed out at 400 dpi, the Razer Boomslang, powered by proprietary opto-mechanical technology, offered up to five times the accuracy of other gaming mice. It came as no surprise when professional gamers worldwide such as Jonathon “Fatal1ty” Wendell and Sujoy Roy readily adopted the Razer Boomslang as their gaming mouse of choice. In just two years, more than 100,000 Razer Boomslangs were sold by Christmas. The next quantum leap came with the unveiling of the Razer Diamondback™ in San Francisco at the Grand Finals of the World Cyber Games 2004. The Razer Diamondback™ was the world’s first 1600 dpi optical gaming mouse. Powered by Razer Precision™, the Razer Diamondback was the first gaming mouse ever to sweep all the major gaming awards available at that time. It also outclassed an entire genre of gaming hardware to be awarded the highly coveted Gamespot's Gaming Hardware of the Year 2004 accolade. The Razer Diamondback was considered the de rigueur gaming mouse of its prime with most of the leading gaming professionals adopting it as their weapon of choice.
  63. 63. ass kicked to kickinG ass: boot camp For the n00b For Gamers. by Gamers.™ www.razerzone.com CopyriGht 2009 all riGhts reserved Be a Fan on Facebook | Follow us on Twitter 63 Having led the technology arms race and overpowered competitors, Razer once again stamped its authority in gaming technology in the fall of 2005, by launching the Razer Copperhead™. Sporting the world's first 2000dpi laser sensor in a gaming mouse, the Razer Copperhead scored another world first by being an “intelligent mouse,” possessing 32kb of onboard memory powered by Razer Synapse™. It is also the fastest mouse today, utilizing a full speed USB bus when other mice are still low speed USB devices, and is up to 8 times faster in terms of data polling. Shortly after the Copperhead, the Razer Tarantula™ was launched. It is the first definitive keyboard created for Gamers by Gamers, featuring anti-ghosting capabilities, 32kb of onboard memory powered by Razer Synapse, 10 programmable gaming hot keys and an optimized Hyperesponse™ gaming key-top with fully replaceable keys. The Razer Tarantula was launched at CES 2006 (Las Vegas) and immediately was a finalist in the Best of CES Show. The realization that gamers also need excellent positional audio and crisp acoustics led to the launch of the Barracuda™ HP-1 and AC-1, Razer’s initial foray into audio. Hot on the heels of the Barracuda, Razer unveiled the Razer DeathAdder™ towards the end of 2006. Featuring a 3G Infrared sensor, 1800dpi and easily 2.25 times faster than conventional mice, the DeathAdder also has a response time of 1000HZ/1ms and 5 customizable buttons. Right about then, Microsoft and Razer decided to co-develop and co-brand Microsoft’s next generation of gaming peripherals, culminating in the Microsoft|Razer Habu gaming mouse, and the Microsoft|Razer Reclusa gaming keyboard.
  64. 64. ass kicked to kickinG ass: boot camp For the n00b For Gamers. by Gamers.™ www.razerzone.com CopyriGht 2009 all riGhts reserved Be a Fan on Facebook | Follow us on Twitter 64 Further diversifying the product line for gamers, it was in the Spring of 2007 when Razer and THX announced a partnership on next generation audio products. With that, the Razer Mako™ was announced at CES 2007, Las Vegas, and garnered Wired Magazine’s ‘Most Innovative of CES.’ The Razer Mako is in a class of its’ own, with an innovative downward firing design eliminating distortion from the ‘desk-bounce’ phenomenon, which creates a rich, omni-directional soundstage with a broad and uniform response pattern. Undoubtedly, Razer is the worldwide leader in terms of professional gaming peripherals. While we are light years ahead of our competitors in terms of technology, design and ergonomics, we are not resting on our laurels but are developing other key products and peripherals with the gamer in mind to bring that competitive edge to gameplay that Razer is synonymous with. Headquartered in Carlsbad, California, Razer collaborates with gamers to develop, manufacture and market cutting-edge gaming peripherals utilizing proprietary technologies that give gamers the competitive edge. Razer products have earned critical praise and won multiple awards from around the world for their precision, sensitivity, usability and distinctions in product design. Engineered to near perfection, Razer’s reputation of being the leader in gaming peripheral technology is embodied in every single Razer product. For more information, please visit www.razerzone.com. Razer - For Gamers. By Gamers™.
  65. 65. ass kicked to kickinG ass: boot camp For the n00b For Gamers. by Gamers.™ www.razerzone.com CopyriGht 2009 all riGhts reserved Be a Fan on Facebook | Follow us on Twitter 65 FIN

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