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10:09 AM on 11.11.2008

A Time To Build: Organizing Tournaments

First, let me get this out in the open: I'm not that artistic of a person, but I've always loved creative things. When I was a young child, I wanted to work for Disney as an Imagineer creating rides for their theme parks. But this dream came to an end when I discovered that I couldn't draw. It wasn't just my artistic skills, I have trouble coming up with concepts for levels in LittleBigPlanet. I've had success emulating real life objects in the creator. But when it comes to creating a fluid level, my skills fall short.

So when I first saw this month's theme, I sighed. "I'm not creative. What can I do?", I kept thinking. I've always been enamored by creativity, but I have never possessed the skills to produce something truly artistic. But then I remembered that I have created something: gaming tournaments.

I've been running gaming tournaments for years. Organizations from local guitar shops to my university have asked me to organize all kinds of events. Usually, it turns out to be a fighting game tournament.

It started with a friend of mine who worked at my University. He ran campus events back in the day, so I asked him if I could try something out. If I could run a tournament. To my surprise, he said yes. He also gave me one of the biggest conference rooms in the student union to have it in and was going to provide TVs for me.

My first tournament was very small, but I took it seriously. I got to campus four hours early on a Friday night preparing brackets, organizing the room, setting up chairs, etc. I had created a Facebook event three weeks in advance and invited everyone I knew. I even bought giftcards from my local game store to give out as a prize. I didn't care if this was costing me money, I wanted it done right.

The tournament was a hectic mess. I was running around, making sure everything was going smoothly. All while sweating my ass off. It was hard work, but it was made worth the while when I watched the finals for Smash Melee. It was a photo finish. Sudden Death: Marth and Dr. Mario hit each other at the same time. No one knows who won until Dr. Mario was shown on the score screen. Everyone cheers and the combatants give each other a hug. This is what I wanted to create.

Over time, these tournaments grew larger, the university gave me projectors along with the TVs. It was quite a sight to see. At one event the crowd grew so large there was worry that the fire code would have been violated. That's when you know your event's popular. I ended up being contacted to run tournaments elsewhere: a guitar store, local game shops, laser tag centers.

I currently run them in conjunction with a good friend of mine. He runs the Smash side; I run Soul Calibur and Street Fighter. We do this every month at our local game store. Right now we're in hiatus because of the holiday shopping season, but we're planning on resuming in January.

Why do I do all this work? I don't get paid to do so. I have to drag all my systems and TVs with me. I have to deal with a lot of stress during the event. Why? Cause of the joy I get. I love seeing a group of gamers in friendly competition. I love it when an event I create goes well and everyone has a great time. After my tournaments, the people who entered come up to me and thank me. For an organizer, there's no greater joy.

The next time you participate in a gaming tournament, make sure to thank the person running it. They'll appreciate it.

Also, if you care to attend my tournaments, they're run at Gameware of Baton Rouge. SFIV, SCIV, and Brawl will be there this January.   read

11:24 PM on 11.10.2008

Rose in SFIV? More likely than you think

I haven't seen this on Destructoid, but it's been all over SRK.

According to Street Fighter Blog, the final character select screen for the console version of Street Fighter is as follows:

For me, this seems to make sense. It looks pretty legit. All the character portraits seem to match up from the arcade version. And the organization seems to be logical (The bottom row being all Alpha characters).

Truth be told, I'm less than excited that Rose is the final character announced. I was hoping for someone else. I personally never cared for her play style. But there were slim pickins from the Alpha games as they weren't allowed to use the Final Fight characters (This is my understanding, correct me if I am wrong)

On a side note: with all the Alpha characters being here, it makes me hope that I never see V-ism or custom combos enter the game (this includes A-Groove and Yun's Genei Jin).

LINK:   read

3:05 PM on 11.10.2008

I Hate Sleep

When I work the desk at my University's archival library, it gives me much time to think. Usually it's about games. Well, mostly. :P

One thing that I have been particular about all my life is sleep.


To me, sleep is a waste of time. Why would I want to lay in a bed for six to eight hours every night when I could be doing more productive things?


Catch up on games
Watch an movie I've never seen
Cleaning house
Go out for a walk

With a extra six hours per day (The time I usually spend sleeping), I could accomplish so much. Sometimes, I wish only had to be rebooted. Only about five minutes of downtime. That's all I would need.

Does anyone else share my disdain for sleeping?   read

12:58 PM on 11.04.2008

SFIV Console Character Roundup

We finally have some more screens. These were taken from 4chan.
Looks like we so far have Dan, Sakura, Cammy, Fei Long, and Gen.

We've seen enough Sakura, so I didn't put anymore of her.
Plus, I can't stand her.

Personally, I'm not feeling the 3rd Strike love here. I think they should at least include one 3rd Strike character. I haven't seen any other screens from the game, so if anyone has screens of some SFIII characters in SFIV please post them. I'd love some Urien or Alex in another game. (I don't count TvC cause Capcom won't let me have it in the states)

Any other characters you guys are hoping will be included?

<crosses fingers and hopes for Dee Jay>   read

10:35 AM on 11.04.2008

This Election... Vote Michael Wilson!

Screw McCain and Obama. Do they have the giant mecha needed to defeat terrorism?
NO! Only Michael Wilson does!

[embed]110239:15641[/embed]   read

10:22 AM on 10.31.2008

The Greatest Scene In the History of Animated Film

I'm sure we all have our favorite scenes from animated films, but this is one of the few which still makes me feel emotional every time I watch it:


The amazing score, the wonderful animation, the booming voice of James Earl Jones. Agree or disagree, you have to admit: this scene has epic written all over it.

What about you guys? Any favorite scenes from animated films?

P.S.: I want to avoid a Simba/Kimba debate, so lets leave that for another time.
P.P.S.: I still need to listen to that RetroforceGO! episode about Disney.   read

1:23 PM on 10.29.2008

Words Cannot Express My Horror

I came across this one day a while back. No seriously, WTF?
I can't decide which one is the worst.
I know many of you may have already seen these, but this is just too good not to pass along.
If anyone knows the backstory of these, please fill us all in. We'd love to know.

[embed]109583:15534[/embed]   read

4:17 PM on 10.28.2008

Street Fighter IV Tier List

Recently, a tier list for Street Fighter IV was revealed:

HIGH TIER: Dictator (M. Bison), Ryu, Zangief
MID TIER: Akuma, Boxer (Balrog), Rufus, Blanka, Chun Li, Ken, Abel, Guile
LOW TIER: Dhalsim, Viper, Honda, Fuerte
SHIT TIER: Claw (Vega)

It's basically what I expected. I watch quite a few videos of Japanese competitions and Sagat is pretty much dominant. Whenever I see a Claw player, they seem to struggle against whomever they're fighting at the time.

Other than those two, the other characters seem to be on even footing. This is definitely not like 3rd Strike where Chun mirror matches bored me away from watching many tournaments. I ended up just praying for someone to play a character other than Ken, Yun, and Chun. Hell, it was a treat to see a Dudley or Urien.

With this list, we still must remember that the game's only been out for three or so months. It's very hard to compile a concrete tier list for a game with an underdeveloped metagame. Over time, we'll be seeing changed to these tiers.

While it saddens me that my character, Abel, is slightly below average, I'm still very satisfied at how balanced Street Fighter IV is turning out to be.

Source:   read

1:11 PM on 10.28.2008

Combustion Engine in LBP


The things I see in LittleBigPlanet continue to amaze me. I can't wait to see vehicles powered in-game this way.

EDIT: I stand corrected

[embed]109448:15517[/embed]   read

5:01 PM on 09.23.2008

Street Fighter IV US Boxart Revealed

Straight from

Personally, I'd rather have had the arcade poster with Ryu and Ken or something similar to Street Fighter Anniversary Collection's cover. But it's good nonetheless. Thoughts?   read

8:42 AM on 08.25.2008

Adorable Alert

A friend of mine made this over the weekend. I had to share it with the world.

[embed]101082:14041[/embed]   read

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