I love telling non-gamers extremely nerdy things to get funny reactions out of them. Whenever I tell them that I’m in a clan, for instance, I usually get this shocked reaction, because the first thing that pops up into their head is the KKK. God, no!

One time I was going on a 2nd date with a dude when I decided to tell him that I was in a CS:S clan. The first thing came out of his mouth was, “That’s weir…interesting.” Probably needless to say, but things just didn’t work out for us haha.

Non-gamers might find us a little odd sometimes, but they’re no saints!
Check out this list of the 25 most annoying things about non-gamers!

I like to watch demos (recorded game-play) to learn strategies for maps I’m not too familiar with, and I only recently came across the site RedRum-Demos, because it is run by a fellow in the clan that I recently joined.

I wish I had known about it sooner, because it really has a huge number of tf2 demos, and they are categorized by class to suit those looking to improve their skills. I’m excited about anything that will help me become a 1337 hax0r hehe. Also, I really enjoy that the name of the site is a nod to one of my favourite movies of all time – The Shining!

Pickup Games

June 17, 2008

No, I don’t mean flirting with the cute voice of the gamer girl/guy on vent!

Pickup Games aka PUGs are a fun way to improve your game play without being in a clan. They give you the opportunity to play 6 v 6, or whatever the format is, in a real match. It’s a great way to practice your skills in a competitive arena with players of various skill levels. I only started playing them recently, when my friends were recommending them to me, and besides a jerk or two- it has been awesome !

To participate in the two that I know of, having some sort of IRC client was necessary. I’m an IRC n00b, and only installed mIRC last week, but everything was actually pretty straightforward, and anything I wasn’t sure of I read in the online manual.

IRC is used to allocate spots for the matches, as it can be difficult for admins to keep track of who said they wanted to join first. Afterwards, you must sign in to ventrilo, and get yourself as quickly as possible into the private server.

Here is a channel that I know of that is open to everyone:

TF2 Pickup #tf2pickup & their site.

The Northern Resistance clan also has a pug server, but it is reserved more for community members.