School Junior Music Concert

Yesterday at my school, we had a Junior music concert where the grade 4’s, 5’s, and 6’s had to chosen a song a few weeks prior to the performance date and performed for the school and some parents. At the concert, there were different groups of students so there were multiple songs to be played.

My group had a few of my friends and we were originally going to play the song, “I Feel Good” by James Brown, but then some of my group members said it was too hard. A few days later we decided to play the song, “Sounds of Silence” by Simon and Garfunkel. I played the guitar with another one of my groupmates and someone else was supposed to play the piano, but they said it was too hard. So we ended up getting three weeks to practice and one person only got one week to practice with their instrument.

I think we did alright although we could’ve done better. If it were up to me it would be better if we had people playing all different instruments instead of just two guitar players and the rest playing the ukelele.

Auntie Laura’s Wedding

Last Easter weekend my family and I went to Montreal for my Auntie’s wedding. We started to drive to Montreal on the Good Friday morning and got to the place we were staying at around noon. The day after we arrived we went to the wedding.

When we went to the wedding there was a room where you could get drinks from and lounge around until it was time for dinner. When it was time for dinner the meals were kind of messed up since some people got different dishes and some people got their meals after others. The first part of dinner was alright and then mommy told us that we had to go to the photo booth in the corner to get pictures taken. After the pictures, I came back to where I was sitting and the chair that I was using was gone. Since I didn’t know who had the chair I was using, I didn’t know who to ask for the chair back. Eventually, I got a different chair and also my main course which was supposed to come ten minutes earlier. Although that happened, it was made up for because of the dessert. There was a large dessert table with a lot of different things like cookies, tiny mousse cakes, and even some McDonalds.

Overall the experience was okay, but I would most likely go to another one since it is a family trip and we usually travel as a family together. That would mean I would also have to come.

Rust (The Game)

Rust is a video game created by Facepunch studios in 2013. The version of Rust in 2013 looked kind of different than today. You can probably find some images on Google by searching, “Rust Legacy”. I got the game in February 2015 and it stayed like this until for a few months later when the game changed again to what is now today where they are still adding updates.

Rust is a survival game inspired by games like Minecraft and DayZ. The environment in Rust is not great. Bears and wolves will chase and kill you since as of now they are a bit better than they used to be. Before the bears and wolves were able to climb through rocks and your building foundations. They could also come out of nowhere like ninjas. Therefore bears were sometimes referred to as, “Ninja Bears”.  Falling from a height will also kill you even falling into the water. Being exposed to radiation for an extended period will kill you. Starving will kill you. Being cold will kill you. Other players can find you, kill you, and take your stuff. Luckily, you can kill other players and take their stuff. You can probably see the point now. However, you can team up with friends and work together to survive. Although if you’re working with someone you don’t know they could backstab you, take over your base, and all of your things.

Currently, I’m not playing too much Rust since the current system doesn’t work as every update (every Thursday) all servers get force wiped. A force wipe is when all data from the server is erased like buildings, resources, and the map layout sometimes. To craft things, there are also components which can only be found in barrels and crates that generate randomly. If the servers wipe every week then only the really dedicated plays that play 3-5 hours a day will be able to get all the good items and dominate the server.

Rust is still in active development so the game is not ready yet for a full release as they are still updating the game to make it better. Facepunch is currently working on a new AI system for the bears, wolves, deer, boars, and other animals, so that they are more, “Realistic” instead of Ninja Bears.

CS:GO (Counter Strike: Global Offensive)

I don’t really know what to blog about so I will be doing my blog today on CS:GO (Counter-Strike: Global Offensive) which is a game I play a lot.

CS:GO is a competitive FPS (First Person Shooter), Team, Objective, and Skilled based game. The game takes lots of practice to get good at which is why I like the game. The game usually never gets boring because there are always ways to improve your skill in the game. CS:GO is the latest installment in the Counter-Strike franchise which has many variations, CS:S (Counter Strike Source), CS 1.6, CS:CZ (Counter Strike Condition Zero), and etc.

In the game, there are two teams. The CT’s (Counter-Terrorist) and the T’s  (Terrorists). The CT’s objective is to defend the two bomb sites on one of the maps. A map is basically the area in which a game is played. The T’s objective is to plant a bomb at one of the sites and then wait for the bomb to explode. If the bomb is planted, the CT’s can retake the site and defuse the bomb. Alternatively, a team can kill all the enemy plays to win the round. The teams can buy different weapons and utilities like flashbangs that blind enemies and smoke grenades that can cover an area with a thick layer of smoke that enemies cannot see through.

There are a few game modes in CS:GO, but these two are the most popular. Competitive is the most popular mode. In this mode, you queue into a lobby of 10 people, 5 players on each team. You play until one team gets 16 round wins or the teams tie at 15-15 rounds. When 15 rounds have been played there is a half-time where the teams switch sides. This way each team should get a chance to play as both teams. You play the match using standard competitive Counter-Strike rules on one of the classic maps like de_dust2, de_mirage, de_inferno, and etc. You can join a match on your own also known as solo queue, or form a team. The next game mode is Casual. People usually play casual when they want to play Counter Strike, but don’t want to commit to a full match or has a competitive ban/cooldown. In Casual mode, players automatically receive body armor and defusal kits and gain bonus rewards for kills.

I have played more than 600 hours of the game and a few of my friends also play it. I have also watched a lot of videos on the game, pro players play, and smoke and flash tutorials. I really like this game and will continue to play it. Unless Valve (The owners of CS:GO) make a new installment.