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    News — Video Games

    Utah Collegiate PRO Varsity Esport Jerseys

    Colleges and school clubs are getting into esports. Mainframe produces custom jersey outfits all of Utahs premier collegiate Esport organizations.

    We have been involved in collegiate esports for over 3 years, and have watched our local scene blow up. We have distributed gaming apparel globally to casual and competitive games. 

    We have made a lot of great friends in the collegiate esports scene! These college orgs & clubs are lead by progressive gamers and thought leaders. 

    Below are the Official Mainframe PRO Jersey mock ups for the 2018 season.

    Elite Esports Gear Utah Collegiate Scene

    We have partnered up with Crimson Gaming to collaborate on a premium PRO Jersey.

    Claw Official Esports Jersey for Utah Collegiate Esports Scene

    We have partnered up with Claw Gaming at Weber State Esports to collaborate on a premium PRO Jersey.

    UVU Esports Pro Jersey Gaming Collegiate Gear

    We have partnered up with UVU to collaborate on a premium PRO Jersey.

     

    Utah Collegiate BYU Esports Jersey

    We have partnered up with BYU Esports to collaborate on a premium PRO Jersey.

    We have designed and distributed Pro Jerseys and Gaming Compression Sleeves for our state. 

    We take pride in our local colleges! They are the most talented group of competitors we know. Thanks to all of our partners and teams we are connected to. GG

    - Mainframe Crew

    Q&A Gamer / Cosplayer: FakeNerdBoy

    LIFESTYLE COSPLAY
    GAMER
    1. First off, we have to always ask, tell us about how the name FNB came to be! 
    I'm a total fake nerd. I know A LOT about a handful of games and movies, but outside of the things I'm obssessed with, I have no idea what people are talking about. I also want to bring attention that no one ever questions men about their "Nerd knowledge". They just assume since I'm a guy, I know everything on the planet and I'm here to make fun of that.
    2. What was your first cosplay?
    My VERY first cosplay was a generic soul reaper from Bleach. I bought it on ebay and altered it myself.
    3. What is it about cosplay that draws you in?
    The people, hands down. Yeah, costumes are awesome and I'm always floored by the talent cosplayers have, but at the end of the day, I just want to party with friends and meet tons of new people at cons. Literally the most important thing to me is connecting with others.
    4. Do you ever cosplay anything outside of games like anime or movies?
    The only thing I really make costumes of are video-game based things. It's what I'm most passionate about in the "Nerd world" and it takes a lot these days for me to want to work on costumes, so it's almost always gotta be something that I'm super passionate about.
    5. What's the craziest thing that's ever happened to you while cosplaying?
    I genderbent Rogue from X-Men once and wasn't wearing a dancer's belt and this girl's mom came up to me and after taking a photo, told me that she could see my junk. I was very embarrassed and also slightly weirded out.
    6. Do mom and dad approve of your cosplay?
    My mom raised me by herself and she thinks what I do is awesome. She's always told me I need to do something creative for a living. She's seriously the strongest woman I've ever met in my life next to Jessica.
    7. Where do you see cosplay going now that gaming and eSports is stepping into the lime light?
    I think cosplay is kind of kicked into overdrive since the two worlds blend together so well. It's very rare I watch some sort of massive esports tournament without seeing cosplayers there. And you could never go to any convention and NOT see people cosplaying from their favorite games. I love that the two worlds are so comfortably integrated.
    8. What's the biggest challenge to you as a cosplayer?
    Actually making the costume. I've literally made two costumes in the past year and a half, haha. Finding something that gives me the drive is hard enough but to actually sit down and try to bang it out in a reasonable amount of time is... a chore to say the least. Any cosplayer will know exactly what I'm talking about. That's why we all wait until a week before the con and then want to kill ourselves after we accomplish it.
    9. Where is the coolest place around the world that cosplaying has ever taken you?
    That's a toughy. I REALLY enjoy Japan. I'd love to live there for a year just to experience it. London is also a blast. Pretty much anywhere that can facilitate a good time with my friends is okie by me. ^_^
    10. How old were you when you started cosplay and when did you first realize that you wanted to do it?
     I did my first "cosplay" for Dragoncon in 2011. It was that soul reaper costume. I thought I was gonna be hot shit, then I showed up at the con and realized I was a scrub-lord in comparison to everyone else's creativity and skill.
    11. Whats your favorite con and whats your next con?
    Absolute two favorite cons are Katsucon and Anime Expo. Katsu is basically a hub for all of the east coast people to meet up and AX is for all the west coast peeps to hang. Again, it's all about the people for me. ^_^
    12. What is about the Mainframe brand that made you want to wear our stuff?
    I like the simplicity of it. Subtle gaming gear is fantastic and I like that it goes beyond the computer and into a lifestyle category. Makes me happy that a lot of people are thinking outside of that box these days. 

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    Interview with Pro Heroes of the Storm Player Casanova

    A few weeks ago, I was able to catch up with a friend and professional Heroes of the Storm Player, Skylar Mulder. Skylar recently qualified with his team, No Tomorrow, for the HGC, the professional Heroes of the Storm Circuit. I was grateful for the time and insight he shared in the interview.

    How did you get your IGN?
    People always think there is some big story or reason for my IGN but its actually just part of my full given name and my mother's last name.

    What game do you play and for which team?
    I play Heroes of the Storm professionally for No Tomorrow

    How long have you been playing video games for?
    I have been playing video games since I was 5 years old. PC gaming since I was 8 and I started playing strategy games with chess when i was 3.

    How did you get into competitive gaming?
    Initially it was by accident when I was asked to play in a league of legends tournament with some people from my high school. I immediately fell in love the the scene and how inclusive it was. It was like an escape from the real world.

    Why HotS?
    I switch from League of Legends to HoTS last year for Heroes of the Dorm. After my teams set vs ASU in a side collegiate event called collegiate Colosseum I was approached by Mike Udall and Akaface who said I had a lot of potential to go pro. And so I did.

    Who is your favorite hero?
    My favorite hero is probably Kerrigan or Zeratul because I think they are of a small pool of heroes in HoTS that allow you to make the biggest flashiest plays.

    What games do you enjoy besides HotS?
    Recently I haven't been playing anything other than HoTS but i still enjoy playing LoL and will occasionally pick up an MMORPG to play as that is actually my favorite genre of game. I also play a lot of Super Smash Brothers: Melee with my friends.

    What do you like to do besides video games?
    Mainly outside of games I just spend time with my friends but a lot of the time that just leads to us playing video games. I used to breakdance as well but with how much time I commit to playing professionally I haven't found a good balance to do much else.

    What does a basic day of a pro gamer look like?
    A lot of HoTS, usually I'll wake up get ready and then play HL for about four hours until scrims, then we have four to six hours of scrims followed by replays or additional HL. Any time in between is used for meals or doing something to decompress like watching a tv show or meditating.

    Best success as a gamer?
    My greatest success was qualifying for the HGC and being validated as an actual professional.

    Worst failure as a gamer?
    I don't like to think of things as failures as much as setbacks. To me failing stops progress but I tried to never let the lack of success stop me from chasing my dream. Currently I'd say our results so far in the league are the most disappointing but it's not going to stop me from continuing to be the best player I can be.

    Tips for those that want to go pro: Becoming a pro player really comes down to two things. Talent and dedication, if you're good you need to work your ass off to hone what you do and become the best form of yourself. If you lack some of the talent you have to work even harder than those with natural talent are working. I hate the cliche of just work hard but really that's all there is to it. Work hard and don't let anyone stop you.
    You can find Casanova on any of these social media platforms.
    Twitter: @CasanovaHOTS
    Twitch:  twitch.tv/CasanovaHOTS

    3 Tips to Deal with the Rage Gamer

    Gaming Threads

    One of the coolest things I love about video games, today, is it's ability to connect people from all over the world. I think its great to be able to play with my best friend, siblings and colleagues that all live in different states, cities and time zones. One thing I don't like about playing online is the amount of toxicity that people bring to the game.

    We've all been there before. We hop in a game only to have Captain Rage queue up with us and he does nothing but complain, talk smack and feed the whole time. So much so that he makes you tilt. Unfortunately, you can't kick them from the game but here are some helpful tips to deal with them while you are in game.

    1. Do Not Feed Their Fire
    This should be pretty obvious, but you'd be surprised at how many people get triggered by Captain Rage and then furiously type back responses. Only to egg Captain Rage on more. Theses people spend more time typing back responses than actually play. For whatever reason, Captain Rage feeds off of your comments with his only purpose is trying to make you rage quit. Just remember what Grandmomma always said, "If you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all".

    2. Mute Captain Rage
    You'd think that this would be pretty obvious too, but again you'd be surprised at how many people either forget or don't know about the mute feature. Most online games that I have played offer a mute feature. It depends on the game, but the mute feature pevents Captain Rage from voice communication, text communication and in some games ping communication. By muting Captain Rage, you can follow the first tip easier. If you can't hear Captain Rage, you can't respond to Captain Rage.

    3. Report Foul Play
    I feel that this is one of the most effective ways to deal with Captain Rage, granted it can't happen until the game ends. So sadly, you will have to put up with Captain Rage for the duration of your game. Please report foul play, I know what you're thinking. "Reporting doesn't do anything", and that's where you're wrong. Sure it takes awhile, but foul play reporting systems do work. There are also some games that notify you that when a player you have reported get his "just desserts".

    All in all, remember its just a game and there is a person on the other side of the screen and people tend to put up a front and tough-guy attitude when they can hide behind a monitor.

    4 Tips to Prepare for Your First LAN

    With the evolution of competitive video gaming and online play, LANs (Local Area Network), are rare to come across. Sure, you may get together with a few buddies every month and play a few games. But what about the huge LANs of 100+ people, where everyone just geeks out all day?  
     
    Nowadays, most organized LANs that I see are for single/multi-day tournaments, or are put on by a university’s gaming club. In this article I want to briefly list some things that will help you feel confident attending your first LAN.  
     
    1. The Essentials 

    This tip can vary with the event or game being played. So I will speak about this generally. If you are attending a PC LAN, make sure you remember all your cables (power, HDMI, USB extenders, etc.), tower, monitor, peripherals (mouse, headset, keyboard), mousepad [I have forgotten mine many times], and Ethernet.  

    For a console LAN, make sure to remember your controller, charging cable/unit, and headset. I would also include some small snacks, drinks and water into this essential category. You never know if you will be fed, and even if you are, you’ll have some reserves so you can continue gaming into the wee hours of the morning.

    2. The Extras

    I have this milk crate that I bring to every event. Inside it has extra cables for everything. Extra power cords, HDMI, DVI, HDMI, Webcam, mousepads, mice and yes an extra keyboard. This not only helps yourself, in the chance that you forgot something, but it also helps the guy that forgot something at his first LAN as well. BONUS: You’ve also made a new real life friend, which is one of the cool things about LANs. 

    3. Mark your Stuff

    Before you get to the event, got out and buy some stickers, or dots, or something that you can put on your stuff to mark it. That way if there is any confusion as to which controller is whose or whose headset it is, you can easily settle the dispute with the marking on your gear. 

    4. Have Fun and Make Friends

    Whether it’s a big out-of-state tournament LAN or a local college gaming club LAN, make sure you have fun. Don’t be the try-hard tool that everyone will hate at the end of the event. Know that there are plenty of other people at the event for the first time. Don’t be afraid to ask to hop in on the next game or ask about the game someone else is playing. So get out there and make some friends and have fun.  

    [BONUS] 5. Thank the Organizers 

    There is a lot of hard work and long hours that go into putting on a large-scale LAN, so if you happen to meet or run into one of the organizers, be sure you tell them thanks.