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Gamer ousted at Vegas

After the disappointing result of being eliminated in the second round at the Virgin Gaming NHL ’13 final, Red Deer’s Ryan Dunn is hanging up his controller for the season.

The 30-year-old recently returned from a week in Las Vegas, where he competed against some of the best international players in the hockey video game on the PS3.

But the weekend didn’t go as well as he wanted.

After winning his opening round match 4-0, he faced a competitor he was familiar with, losing a close game 3-2.

“Ironically it was the guy I was practising with the night before and I was beating him every game,” said Dunn.

“I ended up losing the coin toss and he beat me 3-2.”

The coin toss is important as it decides who gets to be first controller and who moves up the screen to attack in the offensive zone.

This was the second time Dunn had competed in the Virgin Gaming EA Sports NHL tournament. Last year, it was in New York.

Dunn was on his game in his first match as he said he felt comfortable.

He used the Pittsburgh Penguins in both games, his team of choice when his opponent chooses to play with the Vancouver Canucks.

But the downfall of using the Penguins, Dunn said, is goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, who can be inconsistent.

“He played good the first game, but not so good in the second game.”

He already has his sights set on competing again next year.

“The two guys who were in the final, I’ve beaten them both online,” said Dunn.

“It can go either way, everyone is so even that one guy would win it one time and if you do the tournament again, it would have a totally different outcome.”

He said he wants to make this an annual event for him as it gives him something to strive for when he’s working all winter and is looking forward to some time off.

mcrawford@reddeeradvocate.com

 
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