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Quick and Dirty Bunny Hop Lesson + Site Update

So I haven’t been super active on the blog here, but I’ve been releasing new YouTube videos on TSR, SJC, and perlox5. I’m probably going to keep this up for the near future + blog content here and on NotDef. I want to get into more content production, but I’m also poor and need to work to keep alive, so that severely cuts into my potential project time. But no worries, I’m a vigilant person and will continue onward.

With that being said, the most recent TSR video talked about bunny hopping in CS:GO. It’s a “quick and dirty” lesson (at least quick and dirty compared to my other uploads) and provides some insight into when to use bhop. It’s primarily a fun tool to exploit in casual servers, improve speeds and jumps in surfing, and win mini-games in mg_ maps. The biggest boost to my bhop skills was simply switching [JUMP] to [Mouse-wheel-down]. This will send many more jump commands to the server allowing you to execute jumps at the right time for a successful hop. Once you get this down (which shouldn’t take long), just start alternating between A and D, moving your mouse with your jumps. This is somewhat effective in normal servers, but only somewhat and only if you get really good at the timing and movement. Otherwise you won’t really gain much from it. I don’t really recommend trying this in matches either because it’s almost always going to be better to have your gun out and aiming or focusing on better positioning, etc. Bunny hopping will probably get you killed more often than not in a competitive match, but it’s loads of fun in other game modes so give it a try!

Quick Personal Update: This Week at TSR

Just a heads up that this week is a bit weird since I’m doing “real work” instead of eSports work. Like everyone else, I can’t work eSports full-time and every now and then I have to take a short break and make some money. This happens to be one of those weeks, but hey it’s almost over already! Tomorrow or Friday I will resume my eSports duties with some new content and hopefully get all caught up before the weekend ends. Next week won’t be nearly as hectic…or might not be at all, not sure yet. But expect new YouTube videos, blog posts, and programming within the next couple days. Can’t wait! :)

The NEW Spawn Room eSports Blog

Welcome to The Spawn Room eSports blog. After a year of inactivity due to working on the main TSR website, the eSports bulletin YouTube series, and other associated endeavors, I am back! Since everything else is flowing smoothly I am going to begin posting in here again, covering local and regional events, sharing my thoughts on important issues, and inviting new faces to publish content as well. Here is a breakdown of the projects I am currently working on:

  • The Spawn Room – the main website with its core feature being the database of players, teams, events, etc.
  • The eSports RSS feed – a section of the main website dedicated to sharing the latest news from the best sources.
  • The eSports Whitelist for AdBlock – updated every day or two, this whitelist allows fans and players to support eSports websites by disabling AdBlock ONLY on eSports websites (tutorial via YouTube).
  • The eSports Calendar – a regularly updated calendar of eSports events (probably one of the most updated and comprehensive calendars online).
  • The eSports Bulletin – a daily recap of all relevant eSports news (on YouTube).
  • The eSports VLOG – a series of videos that discuss topics of intrigue within eSports.
  • The Spawn Room Blog – the latest addition to the family, covering a variety of topics.

As you can see there’s quite a few projects being worked on right now. They all kind of integrate nicely with one another and I’ve been having a blast doing it. If you’re interested in the projects here and want to get involved, please let me know and I’ll get you set up. I’m looking for people interested in publishing articles about local and regional events, covering drama, gossip, or rumors in eSports, and sharing their thoughts on important topics like “dying communties”, “spectator experiences in FPS games”, etc.

If you have any questions or suggestions, please feel free to share them. In the mean time, please consider following on Twitter, liking on Facebook, or subscribing on YouTube. Each help tremendously and is greatly appreciated. Thanks for reading!

UPDATE: I’ve re-added old posts going back to January!

Advice: Running an eSports Booth

The other weekend I was in the Twin Cities (MN) for a Teh Pwn Gaming / CSL StarCraft 2 tournament (you can read about it here). It was a ton of fun and I wanted to share a particular aspect about it that might be of interest to some young entrepreneurs out there. Here’s what I learned about running an event booth.

The story begins on Facebook. I was contacted by my friend Evva, the president of Teh Pwn, and she asked me if I wanted a booth for the up-coming event. I was initially concerned about agreeing because my operation is small, obscure, and the opposite of well-funded (one of those grassroots, indie-style operations). Anyways, I pictured myself next to Antec, ASUS, and NOS whose booths were epic, decked out with kick-ass banners and voluptuous women distributing tons of free swag. Needless to say I was afraid of looking inadequate and cheap. But Evva assured me that everything would be fine and it was a great opportunity to network and share my website. So I agreed.

To prepare I ordered business cards, spray-painted some t-shirts, and packed my laptop. It was a pretty low-key package, but figured it would do. However, upon arrival I checked out my setup and realized I forgot some sort of banner. Oops… But we ended up making a banner out of cardboard paper which looked pretty legit from a distance. If you do this, make sure it’s cool within your industry. Fortunately eSports is pretty young so I don’t think it was a big deal.

The best part about my setup was probably the business cards. I would highly recommend getting some. Why? Because you can get a ton of them for relatively cheap and you’ll always have something to give out. If you just bring t-shirts, what happens after they’re all gone? Now there’s nothing for people to look at later and be reminded of your organization. Definitely order some.

Bringing a laptop was another great idea. It helped to physically show my site rather than just explaining it. If you don’t have one, find someone who does and borrow it. If you’re in technology, Internet, web, whatever, you need a device to show off your work.

One thing I wish I would have done differently is buy professionally made t-shirts. The ones we were wearing looked legit from a distance, but up-close looked cheap. I also wish we would have had some extras to give out. The NOS booth ran through all their free stuff right away because people wanted it. And in exchange they Liked them on Facebook and checked in on Foursquare. Not a bad deal in my opinion.

Overall, if you’re thinking about representing yourself at an event. The more professional you can be the better. I’m unfortunately locked down by a small budget so I have to pick and choose, but if you’re not, definitely get everything made professionally. A nice banner, solid business cards, free t-shirts, and a laptop will go a long way. But even if you can’t do that, just go anyways. I still ended up meeting a ton of cool people and networked with other organizations. Don’t doubt yourself, it’ll be fun and everyone is a lot nicer and more supportive than you think.

Other Tags: CSL, StarCraft II, SC2, TPG

The Old Spawn Room and a Quick TSR Update

Hello everyone! I wanted to let you guys know that the old WordPress site is still up and running. This is basically relevant to no one and there’s no reason you should ever have to visit it, UNLESS you want to get at some “archive” articles like past MLG coverage or Midwest LAN coverage. I think everything should be working, but no gaurantees.

Now for a few updates:

1. I will be attending a StarCraft 2 LAN event this weekend to promote the site! It’s going to be a lot of fun, so be sure to check the stream and come on out if you’re in the area. More info here. Oh and yes, I will have a booth! Legit +1.

2. A big ol’ MLG Winter Arena article is about to get posted. Give it a read and let me know what you think.

3. Development will be a little erratic this week since I have a bunch of “business” things to do. But it will be happening. As usual, don’t panic if the site goes crazy and breaks.

4. The RSS Robot has been updated / un-updated. I removed a couple sources that “weren’t very eSports” and a couple that are broken. I’m also looking to add some new ones as well. If you have any good ones let me know. We need more!

That’s it for now. Show some love and follow @SpawnRoom on Twitter. We’re floating around 150, target is 2-3 million by Friday. GOGOGO! :D

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