As previously reported on icedjamb.com, used and new game retailer Play N Trade had a national Call of Duty: Black Ops tournament during the weekend to qualify for one of four passes to this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo—known more popularly as E3—a trade show commonly restricted to industry professionals.
Local player Chris Cotton defeated approximately nine other competitors over a four round preliminary at the Murfreesboro location Saturday, May 21 in order to play in the national qualifier this past Sunday. Though he did not place high enough to win one of the four passes to E3, Chris was still positive about his experience and the event itself, saying “I loved it; I really like the atmosphere at Play N Trade. I feel like it was very well organized,” adding “we knocked the rounds out pretty quick, and there were no hiccups along the way.”
Chris was available afterward to answer a few questions about his experiences both in the event and as a Black Ops player.
Q: Can you tell us about your gaming history, such as what first-person shooters you’ve played before, whether you’re primarily a PC or console gamer, etc.?
A: I have owned and played on every system since the NES, all the way to the 360 and PS3. I have played all sorts of different first person shooters, but the ones that stick in my mind would have to be Golden Eye for the N64, Duke Nukem, Turok, and of course all of the Call of Duty games.
Q: Is there any particular load-out or build you prefer to play?
A: The Famas, with red dot (I change the reticle color to blue; takes some of the recoil off of the gun), then I use Lightweight Pro, Sleight of Hand Pro, and Ninja Pro. For lethal grenades I use the frag, for tactical I use the stun (because you can throw it faster than a flash), and claymores.
Q: Favorite weapon?
A: On Black Ops I only use the Famas when I’m playing, so I guess that is also my favorite weapon.
Q: What’s your Prestige rank?
A: I’m a 15th prestige level 50 on Black Ops, and I’ve got a 2.09 kill/death ratio and a 2.01 win/loss ratio.
Q: Is there anything you took away from the experience?
A: The big thing that I took away from this experience is that I really need to work on my ability to not to try and change my game plan mid-match.
Chris has won both of the events he has entered at Play N Trade, and plans to enter more in the future. For those who may like to get in touch with Chris for a match, he was gracious enough to share both his Xbox Live Gamertag: King Cotton50, as well as his PSN ID: Cotton50.