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Sunday, February 21, 2010

Lazer Taggeded

Yep, Laser Tag at Zap Zone, which has been mentioned in a newspaper. After a failed attempt on Friday, it managed to succeed the next day.

Using the callsign B-Dog (at high school, known by this nickname by a group of friends), I step into the arena, it's much different than what was explained in the briefing room. (Probably because the video wasn't working)

As I state it, it's the most intense pair of 6 minute laser tag games that I have ever played, and plays much like a real FPS; you shoot people (but there is a small spot in which to shoot) and you have a limited amount of bullets and health, and you can reload at base. Superior compared to the Boomers one in Modesto. And there's a lot more variations. Oh, and there's two stories to this as well.

Anyways, there are guidelines, but in the end, they don't really matter. No physical contact with each other? Doesn't matter when you are being 'rammed' because they can't see you. No running? You gotta run in order to get to their base faster and score more points.

There were several tricks that I was unaware of when I started the game, which caused me to get low scores. However I did manage to pick up on the second game, where I got the highest team score in both rounds. How did that happen? Bad players? Probably not. Strategy? Maybe, as I learned that targeting the bases are worth a lot more points than targeting players. To impress? Probably for the encouragement. I wanted to try to impress Angelle with my skills by getting at least 15k in both rounds, but it turns out that I did way better than that.

In the end: Fun, very intense, and gives you a real workout. The price is moderate, but definitely worth your money. And yes, they open just after school ends for you, and runs till midnight.

Friday, February 5, 2010

24 Hours

#58: Watch a full season of 24. (Goal completed watching season 1)
#102E: Do not close the IM Window for 24 hours. (Goal Completed)

The following writeup and events take place between 6AM Saturday, February 6 and 6AM the next day.

Events occur in real time.

6AM: Students get up and prepare for the competition ahead
7AM: (MCHS) Students arrive at the Acadec Competition on the UOP Campus.
8AM: Tests begin.
9AM: Blog author wakes up, check email and other apps.
10AM: (MCHS) Competition has a refreshment break.
11AM: Running late; I am informed that someone else needs my help on setting up a computer. On a blog site, I do notice a small version of Network Games being played in Budd Lounge playing Starcraft and decided to post that up. It's kinda hard to find people who play SC over here at my college these days... it's all DOTA and TF2 now.
12PM: Meeting begins as I rush to get lunch.
1PM: Meeting ends, I buy another sandwich again. and I return home.
2PM: (MCHS) SuperQuiz begins. However unlike last year I was unable to make it over there.
3PM: (MCHS) Acadec Awards Ceremony. (Me) Playing Mechanical Commando 2.
4PM: (MCHS) Final scores announced. MCHS (Red Team, Harvinder) took 1st at Small Schools and 3nd overall. MCHS (Blue Team, Vishal) got 2nd at Small Schools. (They each have their own starters) Looks like having two teams in is better than one...
5PM: Trying out Mob Wars and working on homework for Monday. Removed a link to a blog that's now protected.
6PM: Banquet for Circle K.
7PM: Meeting new people there and having dinner.
8PM: Playing Ninja Wars and other social games there, as well as watching the presentation.
9PM: Returning home.
10PM: Uploading videos taken there as well as relaxing. Someone said they wish they had a recording of it, which I actually had one.
11PM: Upload of videos are complete. Working on homework and doing readings.
12AM: Adding friends and stuff from the banquet. Beginning file sorting.
1AM: Sorting files and downloading latest program versions for an 'Essential' package of the most crucial programs I should put on a new computer.
2AM: Trying out Google Chrome. After an hour of testing I find it doesn't meet my expectations and custom configurations so I switch back to Firefox.
3-6AM: Bed. Nothing much to say here since really no activity happens for every other event.