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Haven Editorial: Two arrested at Pokemon World Tournament

pokemonworldTwo men were arrested at the Pokemon World Championships in Boston, USA following a tip off from security staff.

The two men who were due to compete in the finals were eighteen year old Kevin Norton and twenty seven year old James Stumbo.631x__medium They drove from Iowa to participate in the event but have since been arrested for unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition as well as other firearms the Boston Police have stated.

Superintendent Paul Fitzgerald, Commander of the Boston Police district’s Bureau of intelligence and analysis, praised the Pokemon staff for their commitment to the safety of the players at the event.

He went on to describe the arrested pair and their weapons as a very real threat.

“The BPD detectives and collaborating agencies did a great job in the stop and prevention of a potential tragedy,”

He said and earlier this week James Stumbo had posted a picture of his car with two guns on the boot on a Facebook post at the start of the week. 1399733205780156819

The championships, which took place at the weekend were invitation only and usually brings in roughly four hundred thousand entries each year according to the Pokemon Company.

The best players in the TCG and handheld divisions from more than thirty different countries take part in the event competing for top prizes of scholarship money, trophies and merchandise.

Personally I am happy that everyone is okay, being a old Pokemon player I have had to deal with bullies and trouble that has come along before but. Seeing as how it was actual players that wanted to start trouble this time it sits very unsettling for me.

Let us come to terms with this we got to thank Pokemon Company for keeping everyone safe and understanding that people like this will continue to come in and try to ruin things and all we can do is hope and pray as well as prepare that none of which we fear will come to pass in other games such as Yu-Gi-Oh!, Magic the Gathering and event big venue gatherings not to mention Pokemon again..

Its like if Comic-Con was attacked by gunman but for Pokemon players. To help give everyone a solid idea of just how bad it could be. Hopefully though other companies like Konami, and Wizards will take heed to how Pokemon Company handled this situation and have a plan for it as well as Comic Con.

As for the players in question who would go out and do something like this, I feel a great pity for them. They had the potential to actually participate in this but choose to take the latter path and almost ruined the fun for everyone. I hope those two understand that is not how you handle any situation at all. A peaceable solution is the best solution and those who aim to hurt others in the end will only hurt themselves…

-Daniel Clatworthy-

Haven Review: International Snooker

headerFirst up is our disclaimer.  We received this game for review purposes only, and as such
all views in this article our are own. No monies have been tendered for this review.

International Snooker brings the British classic to the world in full 3-D magnificence. The pool table looks great, the balls are nice and shiny and there’s a variety of pool cues to start with, as well as to unlock later. In addition to Snooker, there are other forms of pool offered in the game: British 8-ball, American 8-ball and my personal favorite, 9-ball.

McKphcZQM4bhot8FOdqg7fu7MYc1HVzGnG06LPKKdYSPYP8JNBPvqVtKn56o9_mGsQ=h900The game of Snooker is quite daunting. The table is both longer and wider than in other pool variants. To make matters worse, the pocket openings are smaller and have rounded edges, rather than the squared edges found on standard pool tables. This means that unless your shot is perfectly straight, the ball will likely just bounce away.

Snooker starts off with many balls…most of which are a plain red color, as well as a few of other colors. The object is to pocket (or “pot”, as it’s known to the purists) the balls that are NOT red. Unfortunately, you cannot simply go for the non-red balls. Rather you must alternate between a red ball and a non-red ball. So the game generously gives you two chances to miss your shot, rather than one. We get the point…Snooker is not for wimps. Whomever pots the most non-red balls on the table is the winner.

362021_is2012_20121114_13352713_mediumAll in all, this is a good game, but there are a few issues. The one graphic element sorely missing is player avatars.  The pool cues look like haunted sticks floating in mid-air. Announcer commentary is also missing. Other sports games have made a mint with this “colorful” addition. The final component I would suggest be added to the game is the pool variant: Billiards. This game is played on a table with no pockets at all; the object is simply to get the cue ball to make contact with the other two balls on the table…a fun geometric challenge.

If you’d like to experience the thrill of Snooker, and your building’s recreation room is big, but not THAT big to fit an actual table, go ahead and give International Snooker a try.  Cheers!

-Chris Roberts-

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