Razer Blade (2014) Review - Part I (?)

For those who aren't familiar, the Razer Blade is a thin, lightweight, "ultrabook-like" laptop designed specifically for those who want to be able to game on the go. It's design is eerily similar to what you'd find from Apple on the latest MacBooks. A quick hit on the specs the current version ships with:

  • Intel Core i7 4702HQ
  • 8GB of DDR3, 1600MHz RAM
  • NVIDIA GTX 870M
  • 128/256/512GB of SSD (I chose the 256GB model)
  • 14" TouchScreen with "QuadHD+" resolution (3200x1800)

My first impression was: It's a beautiful laptop. It strikes the perfect balance between compact, slim and lightweight, and feeling absolutely solid in hand. Coming from a MacBook Air, I wasn't sure if this was going to be close to it or not, but it ended up being a pretty similar experience in terms of the quality feel of the device. That made for a very good quick first impression. 

Portability wise, the size is great, and Razer did a good job of keeping the accompanying power brick  small/thin, with a nice cable wrap as well. It's a small detail, but it helps the laptop travel well overall, which is important for my use case. 

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Shahzam to Cloud9 & adreN to Denial eSports

Termed the "NA Shuffle" by those of us watching from the outside, some of the player shuffling became official tonight. The moves announced/confirmed are:

  • Shahzam to Cloud9
  • adreN to Denial eSports
  • Hiko to step down from Cloud9, new team undetermined 

My thoughts: 

I really think that Shazham brings to Cloud9 something they've lacked for a long time-- a very high level, game-altering AWP. While SGARES had his moments and a couple of highlight rounds every now and then, he was never going to be able to compete head to head against the kennyS and JWs of the world overseas, and domestically, he's outclassed by the NA king AWP, Skadoodle. 

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How to set up your PC for streaming to Twitch/Hitbox/etc.

I've been meaning to put this guide together for a while now, and hopefully it covers 80-95% of the normal stream configuration. I'll be adding to it by request, so if there's anything missing or not clear, please leave a comment and I'll do my best to get you what you need.

First, the majority of streamers these days are running either XSplit, or OpenBroadCaster (often referred to as OBS). Because the latter is free, it's the one I use, and for the purpose of this guide, it's the one that I'll be documenting the process on.

Installation

You can download OBS at the following link: https://obsproject.com/ <-- You should also donate to help support the project. These guys are awesome.

The installation is very straight forward, so I won't post any screenshots or details here-- simply double click, hit next, agree to the terms, and let the installation run.

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Reviving The Site! New Content - Coming Soon!

I know it's been quite a while since we've used this particular site for any content-- posts, videos, or otherwise. We've been somewhat active on the YouTube front (http://www.youtube.com/user/RyuGamingDotCom), and will hopefully be more active starting in 2015. Chances are this is your first time to this page, especially if you've been following on YouTube, or had been browsing the forums of RyuGaming.com as your source of new content from us. 

To help consolidate our efforts, I've redirected the RyuGaming.com domain to this location, and may end up rebranding this site to properly reflect the RyuGaming.com brand, with the RyuLAN events and content falling underneath the overall RG umbrella. 

There are several things in the works already (none of them near-term events, so let's put that to rest quickly) on the content and giveaway fronts, as well as some things we'll be trying in the next couple of months to help elevate the stream (http://www.twitch.tv/RyuCS). As time allows, we'll be rolling those out here on this site. 

Hopefully the content we've provided in ALL of the locations its been scattered has been helpful and interesting to you-- and any feedback you have is always desired and appreciated. And on that note, any ideas, suggestions, or demands for content you have, of any kind, please let us know! 

Best,

-Ryu

 

ESEA Bitcon Scandal - Thoughts and a Lesson in Leadership

I'm not going to spend too much time on my personal opinions of the SEVERITY of the issue. We all agree what ESEA did was WRONG, and a lot of energy has already been spent debating the "level of wrong".

​I'll also say that the few interactions I've had directly with Torbull have always been very positive, and I have never heard a story of someone having a different experience. He's very well liked by us in the community. His counter-part... well, that's a different story. 

​What I'm going to focus on in this post is the response from ESEA in an effort to elaborate on the HUGE opportunity for leadership and how this situation could've (probably should've) been handled. 

At first, I was encouraged to see Torbull reel in lpkane, slap on the gag order, and share his personal thoughts/emotions of being embarrassed and ashamed. He stated that he would ​have an official statement once he could get his arms around the situation. That set up "his moment"-- the moment where he could have elevated his game and demonstrated immense leadership and responsibility. "His time to shine", as it were. 

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