I am the Everyday Legend, and I am a male, 31-year old Florida native and videogame fan of the most epicurean order. I'm also the father of a very precocious (almost) three-year-old daughter, and a newborn daughter as well!
My natural state: very, very tired.
I got into gaming when I was 5, and my Aunt and Uncle had an NES that they had bought because they thought it was the coolest thing ever. As a matter of fact, they weren't too far off of the mark. I was introduced to Super Mario Bros. and Duck Hunt (naturally), and soon followed up with the very first Zelda. I remember the very first game I beat by myself - Megaman 2, in 1989. I was six at the time.
Shortly after that, I played Street Fighter II for the first time in a local skating rink and was hooked. Bad. Like, smack-habit bad.
I remember playing against the college kids that would come in there to hang out and chill - there was a lounge connected to the place that you had to be 18 to get in - and a lot of these guys used to come in and spend a ton of time and money on playing SFII. I learned how to play from these guys, and within a year, I had become just as good as they were. I was hanging out with people almost twice my age, and conversing with them on their level about a mutual passion - and that's where I've been ever since.
Videogames don't make up my entire life: I cook, I write, I sing, I have a full-time career in IT and am still attending college for a degree in Computer Science, then moving into a Masters in Information Systems Management. Gotta have goals.
Nothing beats a good trip to a good bar where they serve good beer and have a good selection of good tunes. Also, chilled Junmai Ginjo (unfiltered) sake is the nectar of the gods, in case you weren't aware. Of course, those trips are very rare these days, because there is always another diaper to change, and leaving your kid at home in the crib is never an option if you want to be able to look at yourself in the mirror.
Oh, and I really, really love sushi. I can put away amounts of that stuff that some may label as borderline genocidal. I put species of fish on the endangered list singlehandedly. I'm not ashamed. It's their own fault for being born so damn delicious.
1.) $5 entry fee for each tournament, so $5 to enter into the running for either TvC or MvC2, or $10 for both. These funds go directly to two things: the Prize Pool/Prizes and our setup/administrative costs, which may include venue fees paid in advance by us. ABSOLUTELY NONE of the entry fee money taken directly profits any of our staff, ever. We do not, will not, and will never hold these tournaments for profit - weíre out here purely for the love of the game, the same as you are. The only major difference is that youíll be able to get paid for your skillset, should you win/place.
2.) You will not be playing a member of staff at a B-KIN tournament. EVER. Thatís a pretty heinous conflict of interest in our eyes, and we will not participate as actual bracketed competitors in a tournament that we sponsor, as that would mean that thereís a chance we would win our own prize money if we did play in our tournaments - and frankly, we consider that practice a load of bullshit. However, in the (highly) unlikely event of a total no-show of players except for one competitor, the competitor will have their choice of a member of registered staff to play against for a chance at a 1st or 2nd place finish. If the competitor were to win, the full 1st place payout is awarded to them, in case of a loss, they keep the 2nd place payout and have their entry fee for the next tournament they attend waived.
3.) You are able to bring your own controllers to a B-KIN tournament. Want to use your own custom pad? Thatís cool. Want to use a fightstick? Thatís cool too. Want to bring a standard controller, just because you trust your own equipment? Weíre down with that. Just make sure that itís unmodified to take advantage of any kind of what-have-you in the game and weíre totally okay with it. In fact, we recommend that you bring your own controller. It's just better that way.
4.) Bracketing and referees will be provided by way of individual members of B-KIN staff. There's no performing two or more jobs at once by any staff member, so we maintain an attentive, professional foundation in which to hold events. The way we see it, youíre serious about having fun, so weíll be just as serious as you are about keeping it that way. Most of all, weíre about keeping it fair at all times. Pauses are forgiven within the first five (5) seconds of play, but only once. After that, you'll forfeit your match for pausing mid-game.
5.) The prizes are a guaranteed payout. If youíre one of 4 people that show up (because in that case, folks just werenít cool enough to come out en masse and play for cash), youíre still going to get your payout. We wonít cancel the prize or the tournament. Itís yours, provided you earn it, even if itís just an automatic 1st vs 2nd place tournament.
UNOFFICIAL RULE #6.) Please, please do not ask when you will play next. We are trying to focus on maintaining the entire bracket, and this kind of constant interruption makes our job a lot harder. When you are called, you will play. Just stay close by, bring a laptop/PSP/DS/iPhone, and you'll never find yourself in a bad or bored situation.
- GAME-SPECIFIC RULES -
Tatsunoko Vs. Capcom - As the US version hasn't been fully explored/examined as of yet, any discovery of any game-breaking glitches or exploits will be duly noted here.
As there are infinites in this game that have been found, they are allowed, as two Super Bar Stocks can be utilized to initiate Mega Crash, therefore forcibly breaking the loop. It will all boil down to skill.
Marvel Vs. Capcom 2 ---On The Subject Of "Infinites"
MvC2 is famous (infamous, really) for containing infinite combo loops that can absolutely destroy an opponent's ability to fight back, and cause the entire match to become one-sided. These are character-specific, and not all characters have this ability, so rather than ban characters that are considered high-tier (as some have requested) we have decided to force the issue of fairness by instituting a five-one-thousand second-count rule on infinite combo strings. You can perform infinites freely, but can only maintain them for five seconds (referee-counted by scale of one-one-thousand, two-one-thousand...), after which you'll be allowed two seconds (counted the same way) to break and allow sufficient recovery distance. Afterwards, you may reinitiate the infinite string and gain as many consecutive five-second strings as you please, but do try not to abuse this. We are trying to keep this tournament fair from the standpoint of actually seeing a fight rather than a one-sided assbeating repeated by the same selection of six characters out of an over-fifty selection total. So, we're hoping this strikes a good middle-ground between more casual folks wanting to play with teams that aren't Sentinel/Magneto/Storm/Psylocke/etc. while still allowing those with a supreme level of skill and practice invested to show off their skillset accordingly.
That's the long and short of it. Entry fees are $5 for each individual tournament, or $10 for both. Prizes are $75 for First Place, $50 for Second Place, and $25 for Third Place, all prizes on VISA Gift Cards (that can be used as cash anywhere VISA is accepted) for ease of transport and less risk of anyone straight jacking you for a newly-acquired stack. It just seemed easier this way.
All games are played best of three rounds, best of three fights during tournament play until semi-final bracket has been reached. At that time, play will switch to best of five rounds, best of three fights until grand final, which will be fought out best of five rounds, best of five fights. It's war, baby.
Any questions, concerns, fears, hopes, doubts - pose them accordingly, that's why we're here.
- EL (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Taken from the official announcement @ www.bkin-ubf.com/forums, and posted on the Event Calendar @ Shoryuken.com. Full effect discussion/early registration/asinine shit-talk @ B-KIN's Forums. If you live in the area, do yourself a favor and support your local gaming scene - the best is yet to come, BELIEVE ME, so all of the fellow Central Florida dtoiders need to come out and represent!
It's like your mom used to scream at you when you were causing too much damn ruckus in the house:
GO PLAY OUTSIDE.