Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Basics of Brawl - Working out of shield

At high levels of play shielding is a very powerful tactic. In general, playing from a strong defensive position is generally tactically advantageous in comparison to being forced to fight on the offensive. Since shielding is such a vital part of defensive play, I'm going to quickly go over how to operate gameplay from shield.

When shielding, your options are limited. You can either roll, spot dodge, jump, grab, drop your shield, or continue shielding. Effectively, dropping your shield and attacking is also an option. However, there is a delay that occurs when dropping your shield. The following options circumvent the seven frame delay of shield drop animation:

Rolling is done by holding shield and tapping a horizontal direction on the control stick. It makes you temporarily intangible and moves your position. However, most rolls are slow and often can be punished on reaction.

Spot dodge is done by holding shield and tapping down on the control stick. It makes you temporarily intangible, but for a shorter time than roll without distance moved. It does have shorter cool down than rolls though.

Grab is done by holding shield and pressing the attack button. This is useful if a character hits your shield and goes through cool down directly in front of you.

Jump out of shield is versatile because it leads to multiple options. Immediately after jumping, once can cancel the jump's startup animation into an upsmash or an up special. Otherwise one can perform an aerial immediately after jumping.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Tutoring in the Teen Zone

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Saturday, November 26, 2011

Teen Zone Super Smash Bros Brawl November Tournament Recap

Rameez takes the championship


The Lawrence Public Library Teen Zone hosted its monthly Super Smash Bros Brawl Tournament on November 19, 2011. A total of 16 teens gathered at the library auditorium where they battled it out to be this month's champion.

After going through a double elimination tournament bracket, October defending champion Rameez faced off against September's tournament's champion Daniel in both the winner and grand finals games. Daniel looked like he might pull off the upset tearing through the rest of the bracket with relative ease and building momentum as the day went on, but Rameez's skills proved to be too much as he handed Daniel both of his losses, taking the top spot and winning the championship for the second month straight. Daniel took the second spot and looks to bounce back and reclaim the title he once held two months ago.

The day also saw the arrival of Griffin as a force to be reckoned with in bracket. Formerly a Ganondorf player, Griffin's recent switch to Olimar as a main character along with practice and one of the stronger tactical zoning games helped him take third place. leaves him as a strong up and comer and a possible challenger for the title.

Overall, it was a fun afternoon of Brawl. If interested in participating, the next tournament will be on December 17 at 3pm in the auditorium.

The Bracket:












Videos:



Or click here: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL366CF6E88EBDABAB

Monday Movie -- National Treasure

National Treasure is the last film in our month long film series on treasure. No turkey leftovers here. We'll have popcorn and lemonade to satisfy your snack attack.

Since his childhood, Benjamin Franklin Gates has known that he is a descendant of a long line of people whose job it has been to guard a treasure hidden by the Founding Fathers. They hid clues to its whereabouts in the country's currency and on the back of the Declaration of Independence. Now, Ben has learned of a plot to steal the Declaration, and has only one option: he has to steal it himself . Even if he pulls off this monumental task, keeping the treasure safe is still going to be incredibly hard, especially since the FBI knows of his plans.

What: National Treasure
Where: The Teen Zone

When: November 28, 4:00pm-6:00pm

Friday, November 25, 2011

Book Review: The Patchwork Girl of Oz

The Patchwork Girl of Oz by L. Frank Baum
Check it out here!


What's it about: The Patchwork Girl brought to life by the power of life, Ojo, a munchkin boy, and Bungle the Glass Cat all set off on an adventure to find all the objects needed to turn Ojo's uncle back from marble to a live human.

Why I picked it up: I want to finish all the Oz books.

What I thought of it: All of the characters are original and they keep on meeting new things. I wish that Glinda would've told them that she could change Ojo's uncle back earlier.

I would suggest this for: Readers aged 10 to 14.

Reviewed by Grace B., Grade 8


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Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving from the Teen Zone staff

Happy Thanksgiving



from the Teen Zone Staff!

(The library is closed today, but come visit us Friday
when you're dying to escape your family.)

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Playlist: Twilight by Stephanie Meyer

Title: Twilight by Stephanie Meyer
Available at the Lawrence Public Library
Playlist created by: Brianna S., Grade 12
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The song "Industry" by Jon McLaughlin was also included in the playlist submission, but was not available on Playlist.com. If you find it available, please link to it in a comment!


Playlist created by: Taylor S., Grade 8



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Monday, November 21, 2011

Movie Trailer: The Hunger Games



March 23, 2012 can't get here soon enough!

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Saturday, November 19, 2011

Monday Movie -- Raiders of the Lost Ark

Our quest for treasure continues! Join us for popcorn, lemonade, and the first (and best in my opinion) movie in the Indiana Jones series.

Indiana Jones and his feisty ex-flame Marion Ravenwood dodge booby-traps, fight Nazis and stare down snakes in their incredible worldwide quest for the mystical Ark of the Covenant.

What: Raiders of the Lost Ark
Where: The Teen Zone

When: November 21, 4:00pm-6:00pm

Friday, November 18, 2011

Super Smash Bros. Brawl Tournament

Can your skills take the prize?

Battle to find out at our SSBB tournament

Saturday, November 19
3 - 4:30pm
(in the Auditorium)


Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Basics of Brawl - What is a frame?

When playing, people intuitively notice, "This move is slow." Other times, they will notice, "This attack is super fast."

It is possible to measure the exact duration of moves in terms of how they fit into the context of the overall game mechanics through measuring frames.

A frame is, simply put, a snapshot of an exact moment of game play. Over the span of a second, the game will go through 60 individual frames, creating the movement that we see on screen. Each individual frame is considered to be the smallest unit of time that can be functionally measured in the game.

When considering a move, the following durations should be considered:

Start up: How many frames it takes to activate a hitbox
Active Hitbox: How long a hitbox is out in play. A hitbox is the part of the move that affects your opponent, dealing damage or giving knockback.
Cool down: How many frames it takes for a character to be able to perform another action after the hitbox is finished

Ideally, better moves will have less start up frames and less cool down frames. An important threshold to remember is human reaction time. Generally, it will take the average person 1/5th of a second to respond to an action. That means from a technical standpoint, a move that has a start up time of less than 12 frames cannot be shielded purely on reaction.

Since a large number of moves are under this threshold, predicting your opponent's actions becomes more and more important as the move becomes quicker.

Keep Chasing It,
Philip

Monday, November 14, 2011

Book Review: City of Glass

City of Glass by Casandra Clare
Available at the Lawrence Public Library

Review by: Shatann R., Grade 10

What it's about: (spoiler alert) Clary Frey wants to go to Idris but her brother jace doesn't want her there, but Jace isn't her brother in the end.

Why I picked it up: It looked interesting.

What I thought of it: It was a very addicting book there is drama from page one.

I would suggest it for: Teens who like action and romance.

Also in the Mortal Instrument Series:
City of Bones (Book 1)
City of Ashes (Book 2)
City of Fallen Angels (Book 4)

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Saturday, November 12, 2011

Monday Movie -- Midnight Madness

Continuing on the treasure theme, we're showing the cult classic "Midnight Madness". Starring Michael J. Fox(his debut film), David Naughton (An American Werewolf in London) and you might recognize Paul Rubens (Pee-Wee Herman, who isn't even credited) in the arcade.

Game Master Leon has created the "Great All-Nighter" and sent invites to certain groups of college kids to participate in the scavenger hunt that will take the teams all of Los Angeles. Come bask in the glory of 1980 California and see who will win the hunt. Popcorn and lemonade provided!

What: Midnight Madness
Where: The Teen Zone
When: November 21, 4:00pm-6:00pm

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Teen Zone Open House

The Teen Zone is new and improved!

If you haven't been here since last year, come check it out
and nosh on
posh, open-housey type foods.

Teen Zone Open House
Saturday, November 12
2 - 4 PM

We've made big changes:
  • Twice as big
  • Lots of lounge seating
  • Video game lounge with big screen TV
  • Cafe tables in the windows
  • 12 computers
  • Awesome magazines, books and music

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Movie Review: Bridge to Terabithia

Title: Bridge to Terabithia
Available at the Lawrence Public Library!

What it's about: The bride to Terabithia is about two kids who create their own secret world called Terabithia.

Why I picked it up: My dad made me watch it.

What I thought of it: It was very fun and interesting.

I would suggest this for: Anyone! It was a great movie!

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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Basics of Brawl - Standard Terms

Before starting to examine the game on a deeper level, it's important to make sure to realize that we're on the same page.

The following links to a list of standard terms for discussing more advanced notions in Brawl: http://www.smashboards.com/showthread.php?t=302576

While one doesn't necessarily need to know every single term in order to discuss Brawl, having a basic knowledge of the terms does help make sense of what's being discussed.

Keep Chasing It,
Philip

Monday, November 7, 2011

Book Review: Twilight

Twilight by Stephanie Meyer
Available from the Lawrence Public Library

Reviewed by: Chantell R., Grade 7

What it's about: Bella Swan goes to live with Charlie while there she falls for the mysterious Edward Cullen.

Why I picked it up: It sounded interesting.

What I thought of it: Very addicting and was good to read about them falling in love.

I would suggest this for: Teens who like vampires.

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Saturday, November 5, 2011

Monday Movie -- The Goonies

We're hunting for treasure this month in our Monday movie series.

The Goonies are a group of friends whose neighborhood is about to become a golf course unless they can come up with the money to stop the developers. They come across a treasure map belonging to the infamous pirate, One-Eyed Willy, and decide to have one last adventure to see if they can save their homes. Join us for this classic adventure film.

What: The Goonies
Where: The Teen Zone
When: November 7, 4:00pm-6:00pm

As always, snacks provided!

Friday, November 4, 2011

Book Review: The Education of Little Tree


Book: The Education of Little Tree
Author: Forrest Carter
Available at the Lawrence Public Library

Review by: Estrella F., Grade 8

What it's about: A six year old orphaned boy who goes to live with Cherokee Grandparents

Why I picked it up: I've read it before and I loved it so I much that I read it again to refresh my memory.

What I thought of it: Ithink that it's sad, very deep, funny, and always charming.

I would suggest it for: Everyone!

Rating: 5 Stars

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Thursday, November 3, 2011

Music Review: Kiss and Tell

Artist: Selena Gomez
Album: Kiss and Tell

Reviewed by: Zoya S., Grade 7

What kind of music :Pop
Sounds like: Taylor Swift
Why I picked it up: I like to listen to pop music.
What I thought of it:It was a good album and had some good songs.

What was your favorite song and why?:I liked Tell Me Something I don't Know. I heard it on Another Cinderella Story.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Playlist: The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth G. Speare

Title: The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth G. Speare
Available at the Lawrence Public Library
Playlist created by: Kennedy B., Grade 9
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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Basics of Brawl - How to Survive Longer

If there were a way to make your character live 10-30% longer each stock, would you take it? If the answer is yes, I have two videos for you to watch: