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Volume 72, Issue 101, Tuesday, February 27, 2007

News

Team blasts its way to win in tournament

by ROSHAN BHATT
The Daily Cougar

Around 30 students donned armor, detonated grenades and leaped off balconies and blasted each other with plasma rifles Thursday in the lobby of Moody Towers. 

The students were part of an eight team Halo 2 Xbox tournament sponsored by Red Bull as a qualifying round for a national gaming competition. 

"The turnout was great, but it was what I expected," event organizer and University Studies sophomore Clint Lister said. "We put up fliers and personally invited people to compete."

The winning team, Devolution, was headed by Lister with the help of biology sophomore Nato Berrones, communication freshman Jonathan Horton and University Studies sophomore Tim LaCroix.

A residential adviser at Moody Towers was instrumental in organizing the event. 

"With the help of Red Bull, my friend Daylan Lee and I organized this tournament," Lister said. "My friends were getting tired of being beaten by me, so I thought it would be a great idea." 

Devolution is eligible to compete in Austin at the South by Southwest festival during Spring Break. The winning team there can compete in a nationwide Halo 2 competition sponsored by Major League Gaming this summer in Dallas.

The team is eager to test its mettle against other enthusiasts in Austin but still has reservations. 

"There's always going to be someone that's better than you," Horton said.

For gamers, common praise for Halo 2 focuses on the game's online capability.

"Halo has changed the way most people game," LaCroix said. "You can connect to the Internet and compete with people anywhere in the world."

Lister's hectic schedule often keeps him too busy to play.

"I spend around four hours studying a day," Lister said. "The only time I pick up the game is on the weekends, and sometimes not at all." 

In the world of first-person shooters, Halo 2 has become the standard by which players are judged.

"It's the only thing I'm really good at," Berrones said. 

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