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I just finish the Game Honey

By B 'HcK' F
Apr 1, 2006 00:19

"I just finish the Game Honey"
About Girlfriends, Parents and Political Incorrectness.
Then quit now and come to bed!
How often most of us have heard that thing out of the Bedroom from your better half.
Just when you think you play the best game of your life or working out the next perfect world domination plan for your company that little but forcing voice reminds you to stop right now or sleep on the couch.
Did Da Vincis wife ask him to come to bed when he was about to finish the Mona Lisa? Would you disturb Alexander the great when he's planning his next war to rule the world? No you wouldn't.
Especially in Germany I see it very often that Gaming and naming yourself a Gamer brings a lot of problems with it.
Are Gamers just misunderstood Genius or just the next Generation of Serial Killers? At least the last point seems to be the truth for most politicians.
If it's about the German politicians every Gamer would go to Jail because he's a potential risk for the Society in good old Germany currently, and that we have a conservative Party ruling our Country doesn't make things better.
We as Gamers are the purple cows in a whole farm of black ones.
Today I had the perfect example what people in Germany in the Public really think and are feared of,
believe me, it's not Terorrists and not the Bird Flu.
I was sitting in one of that overcrowded public transport vehicles called "Bus" and was playing some with my Playstation Portable. A friend of mine I gave it too over the weekend was breaking all my records and so I tried to get my honor back.
After twenty minutes of Gaming and some people watching over my shoulder to take care I'm not watching some porn and what I was doing I finally got it. Deeply concentrated I got my first place back in the HighScore list jumping off the Seat and giving a little WOO! out like I was used to it when I was playing Basketball and as passionated Gamer.
The Reaction of the other people were quite interesting. To the right and left of me two people were jumping off the seat and nearly 1m away from me. The rest of the Bus looked at me and even the Bus Driver drove over to the right side and stopped to check what was going on. The people were looking at me like I'd open my jacket now and blasting the whole bus or getting a hidden Shotgun out of my pants shooting everyone down.
After two minutes everything was fine again. Well, fine for the others, I had to leave the bus and to wait for the next one at the next station.
After I came home today finally I was thinking about that whole experience and also discussed it with a girlfriend of mine. Because I'm behind the whole Gaming Scene and working a lot with the Industry I can't say I'm without bias. So it's always good to get Feedback from someone that has nothing to do with all that stuff. Even for her it was hard to understand all that Gaming thing and my work behind the scenes and inside the Industry but at least she's trying to understand.
Well I am in luck since I bought here a Nintendo DS and Nintendogs she's much more intersted in that whole stuff. But I doubt buying Angela Merkel a Nintendo DS and a copy of Nintendogs will change her opinion about Gamers. Maybe I'll try to send one over. Who knows maybe it is changeing something.
I know I know enough said, but all that stuff brings me to some final thoughts.
First of all a Business advise I give all of you and is also working for everything that happens inside the society.
Noone cares about you. Noone wakes up in the morning and says "Wow today I'll read an Article about SK-Gaming or go to any Gaming Event" The average adult simply don't care about Gaming.
So Organizations like SK-Gaming have to bring the Gaming to the Public and the normal society. Because noone who is not interested in your product/company will come to you and say hey show me.
Second thing is Gamers need a voice.
That means Organizations like ESB for Germany are actually great even if they have lots of stuff to do to get acceptance into the usual peoples head and that will take some time. But if they reach to be the voice of everyone of you to the Media and Politicians that can really move something.
The Third thing is the most important.
Stand up and fight.
Stay and stand for what you are doing and loving.
Gaming is your hobby and noone in the world has the right to make you feel bad because of it.
Sure it is strange if I go out in a suite and play with my PSP in a public place and even show my emotions that make Gaming a great experience. But hey I can do what I like to do and I try to interest people in what I'm doing. If everyone of you'll do that, to get acceptance for Gaming will be a lot easier.
Well, the little forcing voice is asking me now to stop writing and come to bed the third time. So I wish all of you a good night , have fun and enjoy the Gaming your are doing and show others why it's such a great thing.
Just my two cents.
Bjoern Franzen

eSports as Brain Fuel Pt.3

By B 'HcK' F
Nov 17, 2005 17:18

Hi again,
this is Part Number 3 of the eSports as Brain Fuel Series I want to share my experiences and the secrets of mental and physical success in eSport with you readers.
If you have not read the past two Articles I'd suggest you to do so to get a better understanding and to maintain the basic principles of how to act and be more professional and successful in any lifetime situation as well as in electronic sports.
You can find the past articles under:]eSports as Brain Fuel Pt.1[/url]
eSports as Brain Fuel Pt.2
Enjoy the reading.
So in this part I'll talk about meditation, the ability to concentrate to the peak of possibilities and also the ability to "Take things easy" including examples and techniques useful for any gamer and for the next upcoming Pro-Gamer generation.
Meditation is for me the perfection of Emotional Channelling and how to fight the daily stress at work, home or in sports in the most efficient way and handle it better.
"Calmness is the ideal state in which we should receive all life's experiences," are some wise words from Paramahansa Yogananda, in the book Inner Peace. Yogananda is regarded worldwide as one of the great spiritual teachers melding East and West. Through meditation, he says, one can cultivate a wonderful inner quiet that will melt away stress and nervousness.
I would suggest you to buy this great piece of work and since it only cost around 12$ it's really worth its price.
You can buy it here:
Inner Peace
But to meditate, one must break away, however briefly, from the world. Turn off your cell phone and pager your fax and shut down the computer or just go into a special quite room with a nice ambiance you've chosen for Meditation ,allow no interruptions during this special time.
So some people may ask why is meditating good for me and why should I do it in a quite room and let none disturbing me.
Since I started meditating to improve my concentration and mental strength for stress lifetime situations and inside the eSports four years ago a lot of research not just by myself, but especially by universities and scientists has shown that meditating twice per day for about 20 minutes can actually reduce blockages in your blood vessels, significantly lowering the risk of sudden death by heart attack or stroke and thickens your brain structure.
And honestly who of us can't take 40 minutes time per day to get a better life and working day.
So how do we get started if we never meditated before?
For the people convinced by my previous articles that want to try it and start to see if something has changed for them after a few weeks here is a little guideline on how to start with your meditation exercises.
First of all, where should I Meditate?
The answer is quite simple, you may wish to set aside a special corner of one room, your own private sanctuary, a calm, quiet and peaceful place. You might furnish the area with objects or little things that have a spiritual meaning to you, or you just feel good with them in one room. Use whatever will get you into a contemplative frame of mind.
If you're living near a beach or some woods you maybe want to meditate at a natural place. Singing birds or some time at the ocean listing to the waves or just your garden.
An also important question is, how Should I Sit When I Meditate?
You all know the classic posture is to sit with legs folded and hands resting quietly on the lap or the knees, but in my opinion the key is to find a way that is comfortable for you.
The next thing I always hear is shall I have my eyes open or closed? I also heard people saying "I see those cool Shaolin Films they always keep their eyes closed and they babble some phrases over and over again."
my opinion and the traditional way of Meditation is that you should keep your eyes open if possible, to keep your eyes open means to keep all of your senses open. The goal of meditating is not to fall asleep as soon as you relax, and believe me I've seen people doing this with closed eyes especially in the beginning or after a hard working day. The status we want to reach is what is called relaxed alertness which is as you've read in the previous articles one of the key abilities of some highly successful sportsmen and also eSport players. You are not seeking a trance like experience or an altered state of consciousness. Keep the eyes "soft" that means do not focus on anything and your mouth slightly open for the breathing I'll explain later.
So how Long Should I Meditate?
Many people and books say 20 minutes, twice daily, but it's not about how long you meditate. It's whether the practice, "brings you to a certain state of mindfulness and presence, where you are a little open and able to connect with your heart essence," writes Sogyal Rinpoche in the "Tibetan Book of Death." This book is also an awesome peace of work and has one of the most mysterious histories in history.
Hidden from the world at large for more than 1,000 years, it was not until the 20th century that it first appeared in English translation, going on to serve variously as an academic textbook. Over the years, it has been interpreted as a quasi-Theosophical treatise, a guide to psychoanalysis and a New Age self-help book. But, extraordinarily, not until now has it ever appeared in full.
The book was said to have been composed by the Indian Yogi Padmasambhava, who is credited with introducing Buddhism into Tibet in the eighth century. Even the Dalai Lama said something quite interesting about the Book.
He said, if we're going on holiday somewhere we buy a map and a guidebook, so we know where we're going and we know what to expect. Then he burst out laughing and said, it's funny, isn't it? People do that when they're going on holiday, but they don't want to do it when they know they're going to die. This is that guidebook.
There are a lot of incomplete Translations you can buy.
But I'd suggest you to buy the one from Graham Coleman which has come out in October 27, 2005 this is the only full English translation ever made of the book and it's as most as interesting to read as for other people Harry Potter is. Well this book is mainly about dead so you shouldn't give it to your little kids.
So lets come back to the meditation times,
No beginner can take 20 minutes a day of meditating, this is because of the unnatural rhythm we got today, we are always stressed or walking around , thinking , doing something. The normal working guy has no time for peaceful rest. So begin with short session about five minutes. Then take a break for a minute.
"It's often during the break that meditation actually happens!" writes Rinpoche. It's also good if you get into the habit to do meditation the same times every day like the monks do. I suggest you to do the first 20minutes or even the first session before you start the day, which means before you leave your home. It's really useful in general to give your day a contemplative dimension. Because without this moments your whole day can be like hell.
This was what I said in the last part too. Know yourself and think about yourself, your work, everything which makes you the person you want to be.
Now we'll come to the more interesting practical part.
How to practice Meditation.
Sit down at the place we mentioned before and get you in a comfortable position. I have to say most of you have seen the Shaolin Monks and how they sit , this has nothing to do with comfort as you know when you try it you'll feel really uncomfortable but for them it's self discipline to handle the pain and stay concentrated.
Now you are sitting, try to relax and make your mind free.
Follow your breath.
First, exhale strongly a few times to clear the base of the lungs of carbon dioxide. It is helpful to review the technique for following the deep breathing method of imagining a flower blossom residing in your lower abdomen as the breath fills the belly, the petals of the blossom expand as you exhale, the petals close back up. Just try it its easy when you don't think about it.
Now allow your mind to rest lightly on an object. Something you like in the room first non moving objects are better for beginners like a picture or some kind of flower or anything else that has a meaning for you. Lightly allow your attention to sit there, quietly and peacefully.
The next step would be to recite a mantra; a mantra is something that protects your mind and keeps it busy. Reciting it over and over again silently will give you together with the deep breathing some spiritual power and concentration getting everything together.
"Recite the mantra quietly, with deep attention, and let your breath, the mantra and your awareness become slowly one," says Rinpoche.
The next step would be to do a guided meditation.
Guided meditation is akin to guided imagery, a powerful technique that focuses and directs the imagination toward a conscious goal. Just remember all these techniques and guiding are just practices for the meditation itself. To practice meditation doesn't mean to meditate at all.
The meditation itself is about melting with everything around you it's a state of being and a state of receptivity without expectation, a merging with the Divine. All of the techniques are practice to get to this final merged state.
And it's quite hard to get to this state. Some try for years but on the way to this state you'll see results all the time, every day, being a more focused and concentrated person.
While you may not feel the almost everywhere promised flashes of insight when practicing meditation, its effects will become clear to you later, when you notice that you responded to a crisis with uncharacteristic calmness, or failed to get "triggered" in a situation that would normally get you in rage or makes you angry. Trust in the process, let go of your expectations of achieving everything in a short time, meditation is not a contest, and in the end you'll see the results clearly.
So to come to an end after this long text, I'll attach a typically guided meditation from the sight of the meditating person written by Thich Nhat Han:
Breathing in, I know I am breathing in. (In) Breathing out, I know I am breathing out. (Out)
Breathing in, my breath grows deep. (Deep) Breathing out, my breath goes slowly. (Slow)
Aware of my body, I breathe in. (Aware of body) Relaxing my body, I breathe out. (Relaxing body)
Calming my body, I breathe in. (Calming body) Caring for my body, I breathe out. (Caring for body)
Smiling to my body, I breathe in. (Smiling to my body) Easing my body, I breathe out. (Easing body)
Smiling to my body, I breathe in. (Smiling to body) Releasing the tensions in my body, I breathe out. (Releasing tensions)
Feeling joy (to be alive), I breathe in. (Feeling joy) Feeling happy, I breathe out. (Feeling happy)
Dwelling in the present moment, I breathe in. (Being present) enjoying the present moment, I breathe out. (Enjoying)
Aware of my stable posture, I breathe in. (Stable posture) Enjoying the stability, I breathe out. (Enjoying)
Source: "Blooming of a Lotus"(Parallax Press) by Thich Nhat Han
Well try it yourself and see what is working for you.
I'd like to thank you for patience in reading this text and I'm looking forward to your comments.
Be prepared for Pt.4 in two weeks.

eSports as Brain Fuel Pt.2

By B 'HcK' F
Nov 3, 2005 16:05

Hi and welcome to Pt.2,
In my last blog i wrote about the Mental and physical aspects of eSports and the difference between Professional and Average Gamers in detail especially in 1v1 Games and usual InGame Situations.
If you didn't read it yet I'd suggest you to do so otherwise you wouldn't understand some things discussed inside this part.
You can find it under:
This Part will feature how to improve your Mental Strength in eSports and also some techniques to improve it, and the ability to focus and concentrate your brain which also is helpful in working and living situations.
A big part in eSports and your daily work is emotional control. This is maybe one of the most important abilities a Professional Gamer can train and use from the beginning to the end of his career.
First I'll take a simple example from Sports,
we all know that anger management in Sports as well as in the electronic Sports is an important thing which is responsible for the success of a Team or just a single Gamer.
So here we go,
Most of us have done some team sports like Soccer or Basketball in their life or individual sporting as Tennis for example. Take yourself as an example. What happens when you play bad or loose a ball, a break or the whole match up by simple faults everyone of us makes which is also totally human. Most people i know including me in the beginning of my sports career getting angry about their own faults especially if they loose a game. And Anger always leads to a mental brake loosing control about yourself and your ability to concentrate. So the secret of most professional sports athletes as well as electronic sports athletes success lays inside his mental strength. Let's take guys like Jonathan "Fatal1ty" Wendel or Stephan "Stelam" Lammert for example. They have perfected the ability of mental coolness and emotional channeling. If you have a closer look at the top Teams like SK.swe or 1v1 Gamers in eSports you'll notice that these guys are totally concentrated on their game during the game. There is no moaning or any emotion in their face getting outstanding people or spectators to know that they've made a failure inside the game or lost an important position or missed a frag etc. There is just the Game and you.
They just keep things uncomplicated inside their selves and play their game even if they loose or win. That's the reason why you see them jumping up from their places after they won a Match up letting every feeling out they have inside. Some Gamers cry after they loose, others jump around and scream if they win but remember, during the game there is not a single emotion in their face and they don't start talking to them selves or start babbling something. That happens because it's inside the human nature you can suppress your emotions but you can't get rid of them totally. This would be dangerous as well in my eyes. The flame you can see in a winning players eye is also important, because that keeps him motivated and even shows others how motivated the players are. Like i read in a friends blog here at SK-Gaming TheSlash said "I could see the fire into the players eyes" and i think that was one of the reasons to build up SK.Swe again because they are highly motivated for 2006 and really want to move something again.
And to let out your feelings should be an important part for everyone of us in life, it doesn't care if you are into a relationship with a girlfriend or wife , in working situations or after you won or loose a game. Crying doesn't mean you are weak it just says you are a person that cares about yourself and in case of gaming about your performance. If you'd be an emotional ice block that shows no emotion before during or after the game you can't handle emotions in the right way, and people that can't handle emotions the right way doesn't have as we learned an important ability for the social life as well as gaming.
Well as we all know there are so called "Bad Days".
Days you can't concentrate on your game and seem to miss every shot or loose every game. This is the result of different factors i think the reason for such a bad day the most time is, and i can speak out of my own experience as well as most of you would agree, personal problems, with your family , your friends , your girlfriend or just with your life situation or job.
You have to make yourself free from everything before you play your game. As i said there is just the game and you, keep it uncomplicated, personal problems shouldn't be a reason that you can't get the peak of what you'd be able to do. And here comes the emotional factor in again.
If you have some problems they don't dissapear and as long as they are in your head you can't get rid of them. So first solve your problems. Talk to your girlfriend , boss or friends you have problems with and express your feelings. There are other ways to get rid of them as well and you should take the solution which works best for you, but you should always have in mind that you have to free your mind totally to reach the peak of your abilities.
Emotions are dynamically, they come and go and sometimes they are bigger and sometimes they are less strong everyone of us knows that. So there is no patent formula how to control them. But there are some simple rules and training methods to get them under control and handle them they way you should do if you want to be a professional gamer.
1. Take care of yourself and think about yourself.
First of all there is a Method we practiced in our Second Division German Basketball Team and which for me personally gave one of the biggest advantages in my life even nowadays. Get a friend or yourself a Video Camera and tape yourself during playing a eSports Match up or during sports.
You get the best results if you can't see the Video Cam or let them tape you when you don't think about being taped. This has to be, because people that are not experienced being filmed always act another way they'd do if there would be no cam even if they don't want it.
Afterwards have a look at the Tape and keep analyzing your body language and yourself. As well as me i think the first tape you see will really shock you. I've seen players talking to themselves in an angry way , screaming at their monitor , throwing gaming equipment on their table or around or just totally freaking out. Well if you are one of that players the first shock should be enough to get you think about why you lost the game or played that bad. But don't be upset, you can get that under control if you work with, and on yourself. Like with Alcoholism you've done the first step right now. Seeing yourself something is wrong and you want to change it right now is really a big step most of the casual gamers will never notice their self. You've done the first step to be more successful , calm down easier or get a better concentration ability and the always useful Anger Management.
The best examples are the guys i teached in Mental Coolness over the years and making them think about their selves. My total result of teaching this players and changing their thinking structure ends up in 8 of 10 players I've done that with played for the German National eSports Team, Team-Germany successful and also won a total of 6 Gold 2 Silver and 3 Bronze Medals in the past years Clanbase Nations cup. I think this an outstanding result for some months and years of hard work.
2. The Deep Breath
There are some situations in gaming where your emotions keep coming up and you are already feeling that you are loosing your concentration. A simple deep breath to your nose and breathing out to your mouth can help a lot, even if it's just such a simple thing. Try it yourself it really helps.
3. The Meditation
Meditation Exercises are not just for Shaolin Kung-Fu Masters or freaking esotherics. Meditation is an important exercise to get yourself fully concentrated and especially free your mind. Meditation also needs special breath exercises I'll give a separate Article later on. Oh btw Meditation makes your sex even better ;).
Well these are three simple things you can do everywhere at any time and if you do them correct and take care about yourself will improve your game as well as your social life and your ease of mind.
But now let's come to another really interesting question.
Is there anything out i can take which i can improve my game with?
Yes, there is.
What? There is something i can take to improve my game with? Tell me!
Well that's what i heard several times if i told people about. I'd call it natural brain doping which is totally harmless to your body and improves your brain functions and concentration ability a lot.
I am myself a guy that would never take chemistry or any products that could damage my body and i never know what's inside of it besides the usual flu medicine :P.
But it's no secret that there are several natural herbs people use for hundreds of years to improve their abilities and performance. Even Einstein was used to herbs and herb medicine and the medical and physical advantages of them.
And you don't need to be a herb witch to use them.
It's still a well kept secret inside the eSports Scene but several Top Players in Sports as well as eSports use these products to improve their reflexes , brain functions and the ability to concentrate and focus a lot better. And the best thing is that as you can see it works. There are some companys using a caffeine boost in their products which is a really bad thing because if you don't take them regularly or too early they'll cause a massive caffeine downswing which makes you really tired before you even play and as you know you can't play when you're tired you didn't get even 50% of your normal concentration and energy if you're close before sleeping. But there is one company which I'd say myself really take care about the gamers, doing massive research for their products and just use ingredients which are totally unharmful for your body.
These company i talk about and which you'll hear from time to time on big eSports events and if you talk to some top players is Mind-FX. Mind-FX has a product for gamers called Maxx Impulse and it is based on just 5 ingredients which are really powerful in the mix. To tell you everything about the single ingredients would take to long in this article so I'll just name them and i think you'll recognize some of them. It's based on Siberian Ginseng , Rhodiola , Green Orange , Meta bromine and the always famous Guarana you can find in several Energy drinks.
If you'd like to know more about Mind-FX and their products i can just suggest you to visit their site:
And take a look at everything yourself because I'm not here to make any advertisement. There you'll find all the research stuff and explanations about the ingredients and where to get their products. Try it yourself if you want and check for yourself how good it works out for you. It's like with the hardware, try it yourself and if you don't like it don't use it i can just say it's worth its price.
So as you can see there are several ways to train your brain and abilities and there are also products supporting you doing this. In my next article I'll go in detail about Breathing Techniques and Meditation styles which are useful for eSports players. I hope i opened up your mind a bit and maybe help you to get the next World Champion or reach the targets you want to reach.
Until then keep on thinking and play!
Bjoern Franzen

eSports as Brain Fuel

By B 'HcK' F
Nov 2, 2005 23:31

Well where to begin,
First Hi and welcome to the first part of an article series about the psychological and physically background of eSport.
Today there are many unanswered questions people ask over and over again. How can a Professional Gamer handle pressure ,the ability to concentrate extremely focused over a long time, and how to get reflexes high above the average Gamer?.
And is there a possibility to increase this with some drugs or other helping substances? Do Players already use it? What's the secret that is responsible for the huge gap between average and professional?
Well there are many differences between a Professional and a Semi Professional Gamer you wouldn't notice at first but if you have a closer look and think about it some things will get clearer and clearer.
I worked for years with Professional Gamers and Teams as well as with Gaming Peripheral Manufactures all over the World and still do so, teams like SK , perdox or companys like Razer and Sennheiser , and since the beginning of professional competition in Computer games nowadays better known as eSports, i was always interested in closing the gap between professional gamers and average gamers and make clear to other people how and why this guys are successfully and especially how everyone inside the gaming community can increase his own success. In the last years there are more and more products me and some guys from SK-Gaming and other Gamers all over the world improved to close that gap.
Today I'll focus on the mental and physical aspect of these guys before and during the Game play especially in 1v1 Games and generally.
First of all what happens when you play a Tournament and especially what happens inside the heads of these guys during the game play?.
Let´s come to a typical situation for a Professional Gamer.
There are several situations that actually could happen. There are just two types of Tournaments in eSports which could be separated in On-Line and Off-Line Events.
We will focus on the Off-Line Events like CPL , WEG , ESWC or any LAN Event first. Mentally seen these are the more demanding Situations for the brain and your fitness at all.
So we'll go through the usual steps of a Tournament after you arrive.
The Preparation:
The Setup of your Gaming peripherals and system configuration are the first things you have to do and which you should give a lot of time and attention to because they could cost your team or you a win easily.
If you take a closer look at the guys when they set up their configurations in the Tournament Area you'll notice that there are two types of Gamers. The Experienced Gamer taking time and they already set up their settings on Tournament Machines for 50 times or more, they are relaxed and patient going through their Setup and doing in game tests over and over again and then fine tune again and test and fine tune again and test and so on.
And then there are the so called "First Timers" or less experienced Tournament Gamers , mostly you can see them running around or setting everything up and asking other Gamers for help. That kind of players already spent a lot of concentration and energy before they even played one second they miss later in the Tournament.
Get into the Game:
So now we are here, the brackets are up you know your enemy and sit down at your place and start the Game.
Here is the first important mental step that differs between the average and professional. Some Gamers are just sitting down thinking "Hey no name enemy that will be easy and just in this moment the brain automatically goes to what i call "Easy going" mode. Underestimating your enemy is always wrong even if this guys never showed up at any Tournament and is totally unknown.
Well your brain especially in Gaming works from taking experiences that you have stored over weeks, months, years and your brain can get them quickly and automatically if it needs them.
With underestimating your enemy all your brain does is relaxing and so you`re starting the game like any pcw or Train Match up. Even if you want, it doesn't get in "Tournament" mode where you need a lot of experiences and concentration for just this single game.
And if you loose afterwards you get dissapointed or angry, a normal reaction at all which is totally unnecessary if you'd think and take care about yourself a bit more.
So the first big mental difference between a professional and an average gamer is the fact that there are "Thinking" players and "Playing" ones. The "Playing" gamer will not think about any of his actions in game or before the game he'll just react like dodging from a rocket or getting Armor or health there is no real Multitasking ability in these gamers play.
I think a lot of gamers have this problem and actually this is just one reason why they could never reach the professional level they would love to reach and their idols already have.
The "Thinking" one sits down takes a deep breath or does any ritual he has developed to concentrate all his energy and concentration for the next game, I've seen lots of different rituals during my gaming career. Some closing their eyes and flying around the map inside their brain thinking about what do i do when i start at this Spawn point or the other , some are watching on a family picture or their girlfriend , and as much different gamers are all around the world, there are as much rituals before the Game. eSports and Tournaments generally are not like a Marathon where you need your energy over a long distance. You need to go from game to game and that's why it's so important to have the right attitude and make this clear for yourself.
The Warm up:
So now we are here inside the game, most of the gamers doing some minutes of warm up with their enemy, and there are some little tricks to get your enemy confused or getting him think you are an easy to beat enemy which gets him in the "Easy going" mode making it easier for you to win.
First of all never play with all you got in a warm up game. This will result in your enemy being more careful and in some case getting his brain back to the "Tournament" mode. It doesn't care how good you are, if you are a Fatal1ty or VoO or Stelam. Make your enemy think you are weak and easy to beat, never beat his ass up in the warm up mode, make calculated faults but doesn't let it look to easy. The effect of this is that there are a lot of players who will act like i told you above and automatically switch back to relax their brain and spent there energy and concentration on how they think "more difficult enemys". This is a good trick that takes some practice because you have to get all your concentration and power back before the game starts to be at 100% again. This is just a matter of training this ability also called "Skill bluff".
Let the show begin:
So right now the game started you have a good or bad spawn position and your brain begins working. I'll tell you how an average gamers brain is now working. He or she will get to the next Weapon or Armor and pick it up and going through his "route" he has played successful some time On-Line or Off-Line. The human brain also works with behavior patterns besides experiences which is absolutely deathly for an average gamer because almost all Professionals got the ability to recognize this behavior patterns the player has trained. Being incalculable is a big part of every 1v1 game which has to be trained as well as getting the ability to recognize your enemys behavior patterns inside the game. This just needs one thing. Practice. Practice. Practice. And watching better players.
From the view of a Professional Gamer the Game begins with 100% concentration and right after the spawn he has already 2-5 possibilities in mind how to get him in a better or more powerful position than you. How can he do this? Here comes another big advantage of a professional into play. Experience and Listening. A professional gamer listens carefully where you spawned or picked up a weapon and already has several ways in mind how to beat your weapon setup or how to easily counter your moves or predict them. You can see that in several games, if you see how good some players developed this Brain skill by firing prediction shots that hit almost every second to third time. All this happens within a few milliseconds and a good player already knows about the next logical steps you'll take from knowing the Map and the positions of all Items. This again needs practice practice practice as well as thinking and improving your Game style and a aggressive Game style in the Beginning of the Match. Most of the professionals can take experiences from a long years repertoire inside the Brain that an average gamer simply not has.
After an aggressive beginning you can see the most professionals securing key positions like Armor or strong weapons and timing them so you can't get them easily.
Out of my experiences i would say a "Thinking" Gamer will win again a "Playing" Gamer in 90-95% of the games.
And now we come to the interesting point how an average Gamer can get as good as a professional.
You already have most of the answers inside the above text passages. But there are some generally things you can't improve because of the physical aspect of your body.
Some players have a better Reaction time than others, others can listen better than others and so on. But in generally a Game is decided inside the Brain for about 70%-80% of the Time especially because everyone has the same Tournament Conditions. But Hardware like the Razer Copperhead or the Sennheiser PC 160 can balance these disadvantages.
For example the Copperhead has a reaction time of 1ms, usual mice or most of the Logitech ones have around 8-12ms before they react to the movement you give them. So a player with a Human Reaction time of 6ms with a Logitech MX510 for example has a total Reaction time of 18ms and normally you`d have a 4ms Disadvantage with 10ms human reaction time against him. But if you play with a Copperhead for example, you have a efficient reaction time of 11ms and your enemy has an efficient reaction time of 18ms which makes his human advantage a disadvantage of 7ms which can be really important. Same with your Audio Hardware , a high quality Headphone or Headset and Sound Card gives you a big advantage if you compare it to a cheap headset or Speaker System User. Did you ever think about that? I think most of the guys reading this didn't think about the most facts one time.
How else can you improve your Game play.
Well the answer is quite easy. Play.
Gaming is Brain Fuel and that's a fact.
With new experiences and situations your plexus inside the brain improves more and more and this doesn't only improve your gaming it helps getting more concentrated and relaxed in most of your life situations, and i think this could be a later reason to prevent Alzheimer, Parkinson or other brain or nerve illnesses.
I personally have made some tests in the Hospital during this year and the doctors found out that my neural network has improved more than 20% to an average human.
I think you`ve recognized yourself that most of the Gamers playing for years have a very distinct nerve network inside their brains. Professional Gamers are no dumb ass guys.
They are guys with a passion for something they love and they also train their brain day by day with it. Most of them reading books and study. And others are Managers or having their own companys. Well people playing Football can do the same. But if you take a closer look you'll see Gamers everywhere in high educational positions all over the World.
Competitive Gaming is a very interesting Brain Power Workout.
But as we all know a healthy spirit needs a healthy body.
You have ever taken a closer look at Professional Gamers?.
Most of them are in a really good shape and health conditions as well. I don't say they look like an Adonis or supermodel. But from Korea to USA to Germany or Sweden most of the professional Gamers have a good health condition.
And especially guys and girls doing sports taking care of their food and what they eat and when.
So give it a try. Eat healthy. Play a lot and start thinking inside the game and about it and try to improve your game play with all of the above hints and tips, and tell me what you think about it and if it worked out for you.
I personally bet it will and you will agree on most things I've written.
Bjoern Franzen
P.S: Because it's already late and this is a really long text excuse the Grammar and every misspelling as long as you understand what I'm meaning. I'll have a closer look at everything in the next days.

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