Legitimately beat Mike Tyson and went through Another World Circuit undefeated.
Beat the original Contra without dying. Twice.
Can land the damn plane in Top Gun and can also refuel in midair.
Can't beat Ghost & Goblins without the level select code and has never lied about it.
Thinks Friday the 13th is a great game even if the physics, controls and weapons are garbage.
Mario Paint caused him to buy a Super Nintendo and largely leave his Sega Genesis behind. He has played it more than most video games and wore down the mouse pad so that the grid only shows around the corners.
Has beaten Street Fighter II: The World Warrior and Super Street Fighter II: The New Challengers on the SNES on the hardest difficulty without losing a single round. Multiple times.
Is still friends with the girl who worked at a local game store and sold him Street Fighter II nearly 17 years ago.
Beat Final Fantasy 2 in a weekend when he was a kid, yet can't get through a role-playing game these days if his life depended on it.
Has never beaten Final Fantasy VII.
Prefers pads to sticks.
Likes the N64 controller.
Prefers the Duke to the S-controller.
Doesn't think that Super Mario 64 is all that great.
Got an Xbox mostly for Buffy: The Vampire Slayer. And thinks it's a damn good game. Really.
Swore he would never buy a Game Boy Advanced SP, but immediately broke down once the NES edition came out. (And regarding the NES Classics series, true in-store dialogue: "Dude, are you serious?! They seriously expect people to pay 20 dollars a piece for games they can just downlo...Ooh! Zelda!")
Really liked the first Halo. (Well, there goes my dtoid cred.)
Can rock out Dynamite Rave in Dance Dance Revolution like it's nobody's business.
Played the hell out of Animal Crossing: Wild World and hid that fact from nobody.
Stomped Brad Nicholson at Street Fighter IV, but had to resort to the cheapest of tactics in order to do so. ;)
Thinks you're really, really, really smart. And pretty.
Top ten favorite games (in no particular order):
The Legend of Zelda (NES)
Mike Tyson's Punch-Out (NES)
The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask (N64)
Phantom 2040 (SNES)
Street Fighter II (any version)
Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence (PS2)
Final Fantasy 3/6 (SNES)
Sin and Punishment (N64)
I love drawing, though I realize that I'm not very good. I figured early on that drawing my own header art would help my blogs stand out. Thanks to Destructoid, and to the scanner that Carollelogram got me for my birthday last year, I feel like I've developed a unique style that's distinctly my own.
Outside of games I've got a DVD collection that is exploding out of a 5'x6' shelf (over 400 titles). So suffice it to say that I love movies. I'm a huge horror fan and I host an annual Dusk Till Dawn Horror Movie Marathon nearly every October. My top ten favorite films in order are as follows:
1. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (Il Buono, il Brutto, il Cativo, 1966)
2. Night of the Living Dead (1968)
3. Seven Samurai (Shichinin no Samurai, 1954)
4. The City of Lost Children (La Citι des enfants perdus, 1995)
5. The Apartment (1960)
6. Strings (2004)
7. Heavenly Creatures (1994)
8. The Big Lebowski (1998)
9. Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (1993)
10. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005)
Music-wise, my top 3 bands are The Pixies, The Velvet Underground and Radiohead. I listen to damn near every genre of music (except modern country. I yearn for the days of Hank Williams, Sr. and Tammy Wynette). Hit random on my mp3 player and you'll get everything from darkwave to hip hop to 80's synthpop. I karaoke pretty regularly. I can't sing, but I surround myself with people who can. Still, you've not experienced all there is in life until you've seen me proper butcher True by Spandau Ballet.
Then, as for the literary interests, my love lies with pulp detective novels of the thirties and forties. Raymond Chandler is simply the greatest ever. And Dashiell Hammett is just fantastic. Lately, I've been reading through Frank Herbert's Dune Chronicles at Carollelogram's recommendation. Two books in and I have to say they're astonishing.
If you do the Twitter thing, Haxan1 is my handle should you want to follow me.
Feel free to friend me to your console of choice should you ever want to play a game of Street Fighter. Just be sure to let me know that you're from Destructoid and you'll get the royal treatment.
Before getting to the prize winners, I want to throw out a few honorary awards. If I weren't getting tossed out of my current place (damn roommates wanting their evil girlfriends to move in), and my living expenses were going to double in March, you'd all get prizes. But, since reality is a hard, cold mistress I hope my praise will do. So, without further rambling:
The Gauntlet Award (awarded to players who fought me with every character):
DanMartigan, senisan82, C2C Shiro, TrailerParkJesus, Nilcam, Smurfee McGee, kirbilot
Longest Winning Streak (the person who spent the longest time at the top of the rankings):
Most Hilarious Fighter (the person who cracked me up the most in battle):
Genki-JAM (Seriously, I would play any game with him. This guy could make Yaris fun!)
The Most Courageous (the person who joined the competition, yet had never played a Street Fighter game before last Tuesday):
cwal37 and NoLaw
Nicest Guy to Ever Kick Your Ass:
Which brings me to the prize winners.
First, there was The Attendance Award. This is awarded to the competitor who fought with the most theme characters on their respective days. There really wasn't much of a contest. The person who won this award missed only two days out of 17. Once was Christmas Day which wasn't surprising because I was barely online. The other night he was hosting a party. In addition to just fighting everyday, he was almost always the first person to throw down a challenge when I showed up online.
It gives me great pleasure to announce the winner of The Attendance Award to the soul of this contest:
Nilcam Nilcam will be receiving an official Street Fighter Fight Night t-shirt from Capcom.com's online store. It's such a badass shirt, and I hope that he will wear it with pride!
Next we have the Cheapest Payer Award. This was an award initially created to encourage scrubbery and cheap tactics from all fighters. Since the Destructoid Community is made up of none but the most honorable gamers from around the world, I had to alter this one a good deal. I wrote c-blogs spotlighting the cheapest of the cheap, and in most cases I made up outlandish stories about some of our competitors. I then put it to a vote. The votes ended in a tie. So I flipped a coin to determine the winner.
The winner of The Cheapest Fighter Award goes to:
Genki-Jam He will be receiving a prize that I'm still constructing. It should be completed this weekend. Hopefully, he'll throw up a c-blog when he receives it because it is coming along pretty sweet.
Since I hate to just leave it at that, I'm going to pick up a runner-up prize. This will go to:
Char Aznable I'll be picking you up something awesome and cheap (to match your fighting style) off of eBay once I have your address. I've already got a few things in mind.
Finally, we have the moment you've all been waiting for: the awarding of The Grand Prize! This is for the competitor who had the highest score comprised of their total wins multiplied by their win ratio. And the winner is:
DanMartigan managed to squeeze out a victory at the last second. It really was a photo finish. It all came down to 5 wins for him. Here are the final rankings, complete with the wins and losses, win percentages and overall points for the top ten contestants:
I truly wish to thank every single competitor for putting in as much time as they did to make this contest a huge success. This was an amazing experience for me to put on, and I hope you all enjoyed it. Congratulations to all of the winners!
Those who have won prizes, please PM me your addresses and I will get to sending/ordering/pre-ordering your prizes right away.