ANNOUNCEMENT: I am now officially on indefinite hiatus (semi-retirement) for gaming competitions, especially Pump It Up (Freestyle and Speed), DDR, ITG, etc.
NOTE This is NOT full retirement as that would mean permanently hanging the boots. I will play the game(s) for workout fitness and casually, but currently can't compete at 70% or higher capacity. It could be possible that I may come back, but only time will tell.
For those who have supported my run in Pump It Up competitions and community just like I help support the community, I would like to thank you very much for allowing me to pursue this, not only socially but also fitness-wise a
EVO 2017 late write-up. Better late than never.
A big thanks to Jerry and friends for the company. Special thanks to Steven for the tour as well. This is my first time being a part of a World Championship, even if it was watching it live. A World Championship was something that SHOULD have happened last year: WPF 2016 -competing or supporting-, Pokemon Worlds, EVO 2016, or Classic Tetris World Championship. Sadly, that didn't happen due to unfortunate circumstances at that time.
Of course, there were some challenges I had to face during this trip:
- During the drive over there, had to wait for an hour and a half around the Fresno area due
E3 post. Yeah yeah. Long overdue, but better late than never.
At first, I wasn't even thinking of going to E3. My duties for press, industry, con support, etc. is long gone due to official retirement in late 2015. When I found out on February that E3 will host 15,000 tickets, I thought ... okay, why the hell not since they are opening to the public for the first time, let alone that once in a lifetime chance? To enjoy this one last time and feel like one of the gaming elites, I might as well do it.
The few things I was able to do at E3:
Sonic Mania. This was actually very fun and reminds me of the classic games. I still got