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'Pokemon' master hails from Oklahoma

OSU student Jonathon Giles heads to Indianapolis for video game competition.

BY NATHAN POPPE Published: June 25, 2010
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About 650 people competed in his tournament bracket.

Giles is heading to Indianapolis for a series of one-on-one rounds with about 190 contestants this weekend for nationals.

When practicing for tournaments, Giles plays Pokemon for about two hours every day before the regional competition, he said. The game can turn into work.

"Since it's competitive gaming that I take seriously, I do have to make myself do it sometimes,” Giles said. "But whenever I'm doing well, or even my friends are doing well, it's fun.”

Most games Giles plays aren't to relax or for personal enjoyment.

"Most games I play, I try to find ones with competitive elements,” Giles said. "I enjoy playing to win.”

If Giles wins at nationals, he could compete against 16 players at the world championship in Kona, Hawaii, and take home an invitation to next year's world championship and airfare to Japan, New York or Hawaii.



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