Posts Tagged ‘halo’

Since the rise of shooters like “Halo” and “Call of Duty,” some people now see fighting video games as a dead genre.  “Street Fighter II” had an amazing run when it was released in 1991, and was even considered a game changer in the industry.  But, when’s the last time you’ve heard of someone willingly playing games like “Street Fighter,” “Marvel vs. Capcom,” or “Mortal Kombat?”  Well, if you do want to find thousands of people playing these games, look no further than the Evo Championship Series.

Founded in 1998 as a small arcade gathering, Evo has grown into an international tournament for fighting video games held annually in Las Vegas.  This year Evo took place from July 29-31 and was the most attended fighting game tournament in history.  Now I love fighting games, but there’s no way I can stand up to some of these master players at Evo.  From the replays alone, I can tell these guys are skilled far beyond my imagination.

Some of you might think the idea of video games as a competitive “sport” is outrageous.  But, on a micro level, the speed, accuracy and precise timing that these players possess is impressive.  Whether you think the Evo Championship Series is outrageous or not, one thing’s for certain: these players love fighting games, and they will do their very best to keep the genre alive on a global scale.

-Mike Thal

Online, multiplayer, real-time strategy and free?  This may sound like a contradiction, but the company Riot has created a Windows-based game that encompasses all of these traits.  This game is none other than League of Legends and it’s taking Syracuse University by storm.  While LoL may not have mainstream appeal like Halo or Call of Duty, it certainly has a loyal niche market.  I know students that meet up in residence halls with their laptops just to play LoL together.  There is a high amount of teamwork involved in such a strategic game and just the slightest bit of miscommunication could hurt you. (more…)

Yes Jessica, you ripped off John Mellencamp and confused us all!!

Sometimes, we here at Jerk will turn on the radio and start bobbing our heads to one song, only to discover it is another. Damnit! Here is our tribute to songs that sound alike: the good, the bad and the WTF? (click on pop-out player to see the playlist).

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Will tonight really be a good night?

Will tonight really be a good night?

The 2010 Grammy Awards air tonight on CBS–tune in at 8 p.m. to watch all your favorite mainstream bands take home their gramophones.  One of the most popular categories, record of the year, contains a mix of country, alternative, and pop:


Kings of Leon-Use Somebody

Lady Gaga-Poker Face

Taylor Swift-You Belong With Me

Black Eyed Peas- I Gotta Feeling (more…)

JERK on your lower back

Posted: February 27, 2008 by jerkmag in VAULT -- archives
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EXPOSED: Jesse Gabriel, who works at Halo Tattoos

Every week here, you’ll be introduced to someone who’s somehow intriguing. This person might have an unusual profession or an odd hobby, and whoever it is can be found around campus or downtown.

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Jesse Gabriel
Age: 29
Profession: Tattoo-artist at Halo Tattoos


Jerk Magazine: What is the most memorable tattoo you’ve done here at Halo?
Jesse Gabriel: I did a girl who wanted her boyfriend’s nickname tattooed on her lower-back and his nickname was Jizz. I wish I was kidding. I asked her: “His name is Jizz?” She was like “Yeah.” Whatever they want me to do, I’ll do.

JM: A lot of people with tattoos say tattoos are addicting. Why do you think they say that?
JG: I think it has to do with getting over the fear of getting a tattoo. I think people that have one tattoo actually want multiple tattoos because they obviously like the way tattoos look. So once you get over having your first tattoo, getting your second tattoo is easier.

JM: What advice do you have for people who want a tattoo but don’t know what they want?
JG: Get something you like. Look around at other tattoos, figure out what shop you want to get it done at, check out portfolios and just get stuff you like. Don’t worry about what it means, just get stuff you like looking at because in the end, you got to look at it. So if you like roses, awesome. If you like skulls, awesome. If you like monster trucks, awesome. Get those tattooed on you because that tattoo of the tribal symbol from some country you liked when you’re 18 probably won’t mean anything to you when you’re 38.
You change over time. But if you like roses, you’ll like roses when you’re 80. The thing with a tattoo is go for visual first and meaning second. It’s like when you’re getting dressed or decorating; you don’t think about what it means. When you’re looking at a tattoo, you think about what it looks like.

JM: How long have you been working at Halo?

JG: Four years.
JM: How did you get into being a tattoo-artist?
JG: I got out of college – I got my bachelor’s like I was supposed to – and I knew I wanted to be a tattoo artist so I came here (Halo) and I worked as a counter-person. I worked as a counter-person for two years, full-time, on top of another full-time job, an 80 hour week. Then I became an apprentice. When my apprenticeship ended, I became a tattooer. My apprenticeship lasted 18 months. So it was probably about three-and-a-half years (training). You start at the bottom, at the counter, and work your way up.

JM: How did you know this is what you were passionate about?
JG: Because I worked here for two years without getting paid and still wanted to do it. There was nothing else I wanted to be. I’m fortunate enough to do what I do but it’s through hard work and dedication. There’s two things in my life, my fiancé and tattoos, and that’s pretty much all I care about.

JM: What do you do when business is slow?
JG: I draw. We read, we draw, we wait for business.

-Emily Laurence