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Its been about a week since the worldwide NARP was held, and yes, its taken that long to recover. So many good times were had that night that we wanted to share some stories and pics with the greater Dtoid community! South van Awesome was the place to be in San Francisco that night, since the whole house was open to NARPage.
For a little description of the place, South van Awesome (SoVa) consists of two apartments in the same house full of Dtoid community and friends of Dtoid. The NARP at SoVa was split into two areas, Upper SoVa had fighting games on 360, classic Atari and NES games, as well as PS3 setup, while Lower SoVa was home to Rock Band on a projector, beverages, and a Wii setup. All in all, this was a very awesome and gaming centric party, where there was always an available console to play games on.
And many games were played! One of the most visited consoles was the Atari, for the purpose of playing Halo 2600 and Custer's Revenge. Yes, Custer's Revenge. In fact, early on, DtoidSF decided to hold a retro game contest to see which community member would get the highest score. Wired|GameLife's Chris Kohler had the highest score for a while, but our own CTZ quickly beat his score on only his second try.
He's a natural.
That score was largely untouched until one moment, late at night, when Crimeminister (host of Dtoid's Communicast) beat his score to the cheers of the crowd and became the Rape King of the NARP. With this title came some swag, which included a Dtoid "Become T-shirt", Puzzle Quest gem, and a copy of Hello Kitty Online. Jealous much?
The final high score for Custer's Revenge
Besides classic retro games, the DtoidSF crew spent lots of time playing more modern games, such as SSF4, Super Smash Bros Brawl, and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, not to mention the constant Rock Banding that was happening throughout the entire night. Yours truly ended up passing out fairly early, but from what I heard, the partying kept going until 5 am, when everyone crashed on the various floors. (Sorry for locking your stuff in my room Manic Maverick!)
This was by far once of the most well attended and fun NARPs this year, and we had a blast organizing it. Thanks to all that helped make this NARP a huge succes! Special thanks also goes out Avery Wong and MattyP for taking great photos of the event, and to Nick Hutchins for the video work which will be posted up soon! Check below for some pics, but if you want to see the hundreds of other pics, go to Avery's site here
One of the first photos of the night! Shots all around!!
Crimeminister playing Rock Band 2 on our projector
Ubisoft's Nelly and CTZ getting into a fight!
[i]Smash Bros action started when the party did...
and continued the whole night!
Nick, Tactix and Nelly pose during the party
Wedgewu doing what she does best, singing at Rock Band!
July was an amazing month for NARPs! We had an awesome time at Distant Worlds and also had an epic party at SlapYourMammy's as mentioned in our recap! Well, its another month and time to plan out whats going on for this month! We have a couple of cool things in mind so I hope you can make it out!
What: Scott Pilgrim and DtoidSF vs the World! When: Aug 13th Where: Cinemark 20 Daly City
First off, Scott Pilgrim vs the World comes out this month, and DtoidSF would love to see it with you! People who have seen this movie already have confirmed that it is EPIC and full of win. The current plans are to watch it on Friday, Aug 13th, at the Cinemark 20 Daly City at around 9 pm. The exact details of movie time and whether we will go out to dinner beforehand will be figured out when the event gets closer, so stay tuned to the emailer to find out!
What: Worldwide NARP When: Aug 14th Where: South van Awesome
Next, a while back DtoidEurope issued a Worldwide NARP challenge to ever city group on Destructoid....and DtoidSF is totally up for this challenge. On the weekend of Aug 13th, they will be NARPing at Teh Lair (TM) and would like to have us party along with them!
Therefore, Saturda,y Aug 14th, we will have an epic NARP at South van Awesome. For those of you who dont know, South van Awesome is the most amazing place in the city, and home to yours truly :P. We will have two stories of gaming, complete with Rock Band, retro games such as Bomberman and Ducktales, and fighting games such as SSF4 and Blazblue. There are plans to have this event streaming live so we can chat along with people from other city groups. We are also going to be hosting a SSF4 invitational, where you guys can challenge some of the best players of DtoidSF to assert your dominance!
There will be a separate post will more details about this event, so keep paying attention to this blog to find out more! This will be one you dont want to miss!
Thats all thats planned for this month! Hopefully these NARPs can satiate us until next month, when PAX happens!!! WHOOOO!!
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Its time for our NARP recap! This weekend, DtoidSF attended the Distant Worlds concert as put on by the SF Symphony. Having gone to the concert last year, I was excited to see what new things they had in store. First of, there were a couple of new songs added to the show, most importantly songs from Final Fantasy XIII and even a sneak peak and music from Final Fantasy XIV! The other new part about this concert is that there were lots more performances with vocalist Susan Calloway, who sung Melodies of Life and other FF songs that have had words written for them.
The SF Symphony performs Dancing Mad!
Just like last year, Nobuo Uematsu was in attendance, so most of the audience was enthralled to be in the same concert hall as him. But Nobuo's shining moment came through in the "encore"....Just like last year, they decided to do "One Winged Angel" as the encore song. However, this time there was no chorus on the stage to perform the song. Therefore, conductor Arnie Roth and Nobuo Uematsu himself transformed the audience into the largest chorus performing a FF song, by displaying the words on the huge projector screen.
Yes. You read that right. We did Final Fantasy karaoke with Nobuo Uematso and the SF Symphony. Amazing.
Anyway, this year, we had 11 people from DtoidSF show up to Distant Worlds, which is a great number of people :D So thanks to those who came out!
We look totally classy. Booya.
The next day, was our joint Sunnyvale Arcade/house party NARP down in San Jose! It started out with meeting up at Sunnyvale Golfland! We played lots of Blazblue Continuum Shift and DJ Max Technika (I personally ruled house at SF4 with El Fuerte), before heading over to the house party at SlapYourMammy's place.
He had a great setup going for our house party. On the first floor of his place we had a projector screen set up for some Rock Band action, and on the second floor in his room, we had a TV playing old school retro games like Tetris Attack, Chip and Dales Rescue Rangers, and then switched over to some Tatsunoku vs Capcom.
Rock Band videos
While getting the audio set up, we decide to start the Rock Band anyway
Singing "Sunday Morning" by No Doubt
We also just enjoyed hanging around at talking about whatever...here is some footage of our impromptu DtoidSF video podcast!
DtoidSF impromptu vidcast
After midnight, and after a couple (read: lots) of drinks, the few remaining DtoidSFers decide to go out and get burritos.
DtoidSF wants a burrito
Anyway, if you missed out on these NARPs, dont fret! We will have more in the future, so make sure to get involved! You can join our Google Group. Facebook, or follow us on twitter! Hope to see you at the next NARP :D
It took a while, but we FINALLY have updated the Youtube channel with some of the videos from our Just Dance competition here at Dtoid HQ during Wedgecon! Check some of them out below, and check our channel for even more! <3 <3
Crimeminister and Ben Perlee
George (Polo Guy!) and Nelly
Chris Kohler and Devin
#Theinternetsamhouston and Bleach Boy
Nelly and Stella Wong
There are plenty more videos at the Youtube Channel, so check those out as well!
July is here! For most people that means a whole month of relaxing at home or going on summer vacations. For us at DtoidSF, that means time to plan some epic NARPs! Finally recovered from the epicness of Wedgecon, we have the energy to meet up again for some really awesome gaming events :D Below you can find some of the things we have planned for this month!
When: July 16, 2010 8:00pm Where: Davies Symphony Hall
Distant Worlds concert w/ the SF Symphony
Just like last year, the SF Symphony is proud to present the Distant Worlds concert, a night of beautiful music as composed by Nobuo Uematsu, and conducted by Arnie Roth. The set list that the symphony has already been determined for that night, so if you want to check it out, click here
Currently DtoidSF is working on getting group sales for the Friday event, so if you are interested in being one of the group make sure to reply on the email thread in our Google Group. If you already have a ticket for this show, we are also planning on meeting up after the show to hang out, so come out and join us!
When: July 17, 2010 6:00pm - 12:00am Where: Sunnyvale Golfland and SlapYourMammy's place
Its been a while since we've been down to the San Jose area, so we've decided to plan an afternoon at the Sunnyvale Golfland! This is one of the best arcades in the area, full of games like Pop'n Music, DJ Max Technika, and Blazblue: Continuum Shift. We are hoping to meet up at the arcade at around 6:00 pm to play great arcade games with friends!
Once we are tired of the arcade, we are planning to head to SlapYourMammy's place which is nearby for chilling out! Whether it will be a night of gaming at his place, or a wild dance party is still TBD, but you know with DtoidSF its always a good time! For more details about the address and to find out what you can bring to the apartment, check out the emailer!
So yeah! Come out and join your fellow Dtoiders at awesome events this month. More details may arise later, and this blog will be updated, but I just wanted to make sure you block these dates out in your calendar!! And as always, make sure to become a fan on Facebook and follow our goings on at Twitter!