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Friday Night Fights has been a mainstay on Destructoid for as long as I've been a member of this community -- and, indeed, much longer than that -- so I sometimes forget that there are newer people among our ranks who may not know all there is to know about this awesome weekly event. Given the fact that Dtoid now reaches over 3 million people every month, I thought it'd be time to set the record straight!
It is my hope that, after reading this blog, you'll have answers to every question you've ever asked (and even some you didn't) about what Friday Night Fights is, how hosting works, etc. If you STILL have unanswered questions, please leave them in the comments and I'll add them to the blog going forward!
And with that, let's get started!
CAN *I* HOST AN FNF MATCH?
Absolutely! Friday Night Fights is a 100% community-organized event. The only staff involvement comes from me, when I gather all the information about a week's matches and vomit it onto the front page. All the rest of the work, from volunteering to host matches to putting together the weekly forum threads and cblog posts, is done by you, the community.
Let me say that again, just to make sure it sticks: The community organizes Friday Night Fights, not the staff! ANYONE can host a match! So don't be shy! If you don't see something you want to play on the list for any given week, don't wait around for someone else -- just host it yourself!
HOW DO I SIGN UP TO HOST?
To sign up as a match host, just head on over to our forums, pick your favorite console, and leave your details! Just tell them the name of the game, the time you'll be hosting, and your Gamertag/PSN ID/whatever and you're set!
CAN MORE THAN ONE MATCH BE HOSTED DURING THE SAME TIME SLOT?
Of course! To borrow an idea from my buddy Trev, think of the FNF schedule like the showtimes at a movie theater. Multiple movies can play at the same time on different screens, right? So why would this work any differently?!
You can have one or two or ten thousand different games being hosted at any given time without getting in each other's way. That's the beauty of all of us having our own TVs and consoles!
CAN MORE THAN ONE PERSON HOST THE SAME GAME?
They sure can! Just as multiple games can be played during any timeslot, the same game can be hosted multiple times by different people!
So if another community member has already volunteered to host your game but at a time that doesn't work for you, just host it again yourself at a time that does! And who knows, there may even be somebody else in the same boat as you who would love to join your match!
WHAT DO I DO IF I JUST WANT TO PLAY?
Simply send the host a LIVE/PSN/whatever message telling them you're from Dtoid and you're looking to party and they'll invite you to the match! Of course, it's always a good idea to start the dialog earlier in the week via the forum threads (so the host knows how many players to expect), but that's not a requirement. Just show up and start playing!
HOW CAN I GET MORE INVOLVED?
There are currently five different FNF community teams that would absolutely LOVE some more help putting things together every week. Just pick your favorite console from the list below and contact one of the people in charge!