Wishing I Could Write About You

I sit here and wish that I could write about you

I’d express to you feelings you thought were lost in the catacombs of my thoughts,

I’d tell you of how much hydration was lost

as tears flowed freely and breath–unable to be caught.

I’d remind you of the night that fate matched us together

When I met you, you were the only one I could picture, and for the better;

You taught me so much, whether it’d be about myself or a game about Settlers.

Life then was paradise, when I looked into your pair of eyes, I was often stuck,

Or you could even say I was–paralyzed.

For you, I know I changed because I would feed you truth,

But to the others it’d often be a pair of lies.

Thus love happened sooner than I had ever realized.

You were my pineapple, and I’d often express

That you were the best, my family loved you, including Juicy (our pet), and to this day I would never regret calling you my fucking sunshine, but damn it,

I digress

This isn’t a love poem, because love here has died without you.

You’ve moved on, I’ve progressed and the world knows no looking back to be true.

Which is why I know I shouldn’t write about you.

 

I sit here and wish that I could write about you

I don’t know another I fought so hard with, or against.

Youth made our relationship fiery, constant nights of arguments.

And then we’d make up. Again and again—and to that, God I repent.

Jealousy in our nature, I’m surprised we survived,

So long together and even years later we’d try to revive

Something that had already up and died.

Every time we are together we always recall

The mistakes that the other made, but we’d say it was “my fault.”

And that same time I sit and wonder in awe

How we got so close by being so far.

No matter the lack of communication

We always find our way back to each other and, thus

invite temptation.

So given the circumstances of our situation

I must bid you adieu—

No more lapses to the past, even though you were my muse,

These be the reasons why I shouldn’t write about you.

Interview with Pig of the Hut

The MK community needs a man like Pig. Brant is a vocal and very caring  figure in this community. He taught us how to deal with Raiden’s teleport, among other things, and I have yet to best his Kenshi in a FT5. Pig is a cornucopia of knowledge and is here for his community.

Name

Brant M- Pigofthehut Twitter-@bambamguitar

Age

30

Location

ATL

How long you have played the MK series?

Since 1992 MK1 was my first game, but I didn’t play it to the degree that I play this game.This game is always fun and I am embracing the tournament spirit

What makes you play this fighter over other fighters? Do you play and compete in other fighters?

I like the tone, theme, direction of the current game and the community makes me feel as if I belong. I don’t play other fighters.

What would you tell other fighting game players about MK to get them into this series?

Best Mortal Kombat out of any installment and most tournament worthy. The community really grew up because of this game. The first couple of tournaments were won by people with solid fighting backgrounds, people not prominent in the MK community. Now it is solely our community winning these tournaments.

How have you liked the MLG experience?

So far so good. I love the respect they show MK. The west coast is respectable.

Will you be attending EVO? Why or why not?

Yes, I am going to support MK and the Fighting game community. I am shooting for top 8 or to take it all.

If you could compare MK to anything else in the world what would it be and why?

Chess, except real time and with more moves and pieces.

If you were an MK character what would their intro line be?

You’re not ready for this

He added, “I am excited to be here and my mission is to mentally hurt as many Kabals as possible.”

Though I didn’t catch every match pig played, I’m sure he disgusted a few Kabal players. Brant is a genuinely good person and I am glad a guy like this is seen as one of the faces of our community. He will help us grow as a community.

Interview with 3 SC players

I met these guys about 15 minutes  before MK started so I wasn’t able to get as much out of them as I could. They were pretty cool guys and the majority of them were from Norcal.

Name

Timothy G-Tbeezy

Peter Y-Imbu Twitter @dreamingbird

Kelvin A- Faith

Age

21

20

21

Location

Norcal

Norcal

Socal

How long have you been playing the series?

3 years, since the beta

5 years

1 year

What is so exhilarating about this game?

SC2 is the hardest game there is. Ridiculous learning curve, but if you put the time and effort into it you can be great. You can self improve. I also like the rivalries that our schools have. UC Davis went 17-0 in the CSL- CStarleague, while UC RIverside went 12-5.

How do you feel about this games worldwide acclaim?

We think it’s awesome! Players from Korea are here playing. Regardless of where you are from SC brought us all together.

What do you know about fighters? Do you play any?

Don’t know much about fighters. Street Fighter 4 is the only game cabinet my school has (UC Davis)

What kinds of skills are needed to be great at this game?

The skills needed in this game are having the ability to multitask, you have to be able to eat kimchi and you have to be korean (So it looks like I’m out.. whomp whomp.)

 

These were some fun guys to talk to and I wish them well in their efforts to bettering themselves at Starcraft 2.

Interview with Spectators Dalton and Derick

I met these two spectators in my search for an outlet to plug my dying phone into. They are socal natives that like playing and watching Starcraft and League of Legends. They helped me to understand why so many people flocked out to Anaheim to watch people play these games.

Name

Dalton W

Derick T-Born Twitter- @c4born

Age

20

19

Location

Socal

How long have you been playing the series?

Dalton plays starcraft 2 and got it when it was released. He played it for a year, though he took a lot of breaks from it. He has since switched focus to League of Legends. Derick has been playing Real time strategy games for about 4-5 years.

What is so exhilarating about this game?

League of Legends is exciting because of the teamwork needed to be successful. That’s what people like. The ‘metagame’ is always changing. The competition in Starcraft is amazing and that’s why people like that game. The hardwork put in and the ability to multitask is satisfying when it all comes together in a win.

LoL(League of Legends) is teams of 5v5. Each player has a specific role. The metagame is 1v1 on the top 1v1 in the middle and 2v2 at the bottom. The 5th person in the juggler, which is a scout. He helps to catch people off guard. You have to be precise with your team and practice with them in order to be successful. This is a game of harmony and synchronicity.

Starcraft 2 is awesome because one person controls EVERYTHING.. Its awesome to watch the macro and micro management.

What do you know about fighters? Do you play any?

Dalton- I used to play Street FIghter casually, but I don’t know much about fighters.

What kinds of skills are needed to be great at this game?

Map awareness, micro and macro management. You have to know what is going on, not only in your camps but essentially around the whole map. Having heart is extremely important. You can’t get down just because you take a few losses.

Talking to these guys about the ‘metagame’ or how the gameplay has evolved since its release really intrigued me. They didn’t believe that fighters had much of a metagame, and when I thought about it I realized that our metagame is just as abundant as theirs! I will delve further into it in my next post.

Interview with EGP Tyrant

To this day, I have not played EGP Tyrant. Top Jax player, alongside CDjr, Tyrant is definitely a force. I met Tyrant at EGP Redemption and watched him win the tournament in stunning fashion. He is a clutch player. He gets out of so much -shit- that it is ridiculous! He is an instinctual player and can get away with heinous MK crimes if you allow him to.

Name

Elijah W.- EGPTyrant  Twitter-@egptyrant

Age

20

Location

Socal

How long you have played the MK series?

5 or 6 years. MK3 was first.

What makes you play this fighter over other fighters? Do you play and compete in other fighters?

Blood and the overall setting of the game.

What would you tell other fighting game players about MK to get them into this series?

MK is not the hardest fighter to get into. The community, as a whole, is super friendly and will help you level up. It’s overall a good experience.

How have you liked the MLG experience?

Sick! The way it is set up and the hype is amazing

Will you be attending EVO? Why or why not?

Yes, it is the grandfather of all fighting game tournaments

If you could compare MK to anything else in the world what would it be and why?

No comparison.

If you were an MK character what would their intro line be?

I would just come in screaming.

Tyrant, the crazy man coming into the arena screaming. It’s kind of ironic, considering how laid back this guy is. Tyrant is the essence of mellow.

Interview with Tom Brady

Tom Brady, the Mortal Kombat communities anti-hero. I first met Bill at Devastation, and to be honest, I didn’t like him. Something about him rubbed me the wrong way. After an east coast vs west coast feud (which was purely for the hype and for fun) I figured if I had any qualms with Tom, it would be handled at MLG. Tom is a real classy guy, believe it or not, and I am glad I was able to talk to him in Anaheim.

Name

Bill M.- Tom Brady Twitter-@MK_Tombrady

Age

35

Location

East Coast

How long you have played the MK series?

92, since MK1

What makes you play this fighter over other fighters? Do you play and compete in other fighters?

I like the franchise, one of the more consistent fighting games and though it has its bugs, MK9 is a step in the right direction. I also play Tekken 6 The Soul Calibur series and Dead or Alive.

What would you tell other fighting game players about MK to get them into this series?

It’s a game that’s truly fun to play casually or competitively.

How have you liked the MLG experience?

I love MLG and I think it is helping the video game subculture become a true profession.

Will you be attending EVO? Why or why not?

Yes. This is very important for the community and tournaments like Evo help to rope in more players.

If you could compare MK to anything else in the world what would it be and why?

Professional Wrestling- Personalities, gimmicks, the casual viewer has a favorite player to watch and MK characters are iconic fighting game figures.

If you were an MK character what would their intro line be?

May the best man win.

 

He added,

“I love the community very much and thank you for the support.”

 

Tom imbues classiness. He has grown as a figure in the Mortal Kombat community and I appreciate his presence. Though I don’t agree with all of his tactics and how he goes about some things, so is life! I truly enjoyed getting this tidbit from Tom and, to be honest, it changed my view on him. He loves this community and wants to help it grow. One cannot bash a man for a love so genuine.

Interview with DetroitBalln

THE DetroitBalln. Freeballn313. I met Detroit at Devastation in Arizona and could immediately tell the guy was super chill. And he laughed at most of my off-kilter jokes. Detroit is a top Mortal Kombat player, but that doesn’t stop him from being one of the nicest players either. He has a robust roster of characters and his knowledge of the game and its mechanics are on par with the best.

Name

Alex R.- Detroinballn313 Twitter-@KN_Detroitballn

Age

20

Location

Arizona

How long you have played the MK series?

Since MK 2

What makes you play this fighter over other fighters? Do you play and compete in other fighters?

Shang Tsung

What would you tell other fighting game players about MK to get them into this series?

Use Shang

How have you liked the MLG experience?

Love it, doesn’t compare to grassroots.

Will you be attending EVO? Why or why not?

Yes, many reasons. The main reason is because that is where the most competition will be.

If you could compare MK to anything else in the world what would it be and why?

Sex, because it is fun

If you were an MK character what would their intro line be?

N/A

 

Detroit said he would get back to me on the intro line, but he was too busy winning MLG to remember. Detroit is the top West coast player and is almost always a guaranteed top 8 spot. He is the Diago of MK. His psychic ground skulls and almost ridiculous ability to ALWAYS end a round with his Shang boost tech make him more than a worthy adversary. Too bad he couldn’t fill out this interview better.

Derptrooot…….. pls.