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The Destroy Haxan, Win Street Fighter IV Contest: Week One Update


Heys, folks. Week one of battle is now behind us. We've had 5 people actually compete so far, and up till now it's all been on the Playstation 3. Today that all changes as 360 owners are now going to jump into play! I expect many new challengers to enter the tournament.

If you don't know what I'm talking about, all rules and info can be found here: rules. So, give that a good read, add me as a friend to your console of choice, and challenge me at Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix anytime you see me online. Battle me as that day's theme character for your chance to win a copy of Street Fighter IV or other prizes.

Enough with that. Here are the rankings of the first 5 days of battle:

1st Place: senisan
2nd Place: Nilcam
3rd Place: y0j1mb0
4th Place: casualweaponry
5th Place: CWal37

I keep saying that it's not too late to join. I now have a great way to show you exactly what I mean. The current leader, senisan has so far only competed on one day. He wasted me with Ken, winning 13 of the 15 total matches. Nilcam, was off to a rough start on day one, with the exact opposite score. But Nilcam moved his way up to second place (and is on his way to stealing the top spot) by competing every day since then and improving his win record. Your total wins are just as important as your win ratio. So you don't have to compete every day to win. But, just because you have a bad day, doesn't mean you're out.

Some shoutouts for week one:

Yojimbo is the front-runner for the Cheapest Fighter award, but did so not in the way that you may be thinking. He's employed a psychological tactic that isn't in the game code, and is incredibly effective. If you ask him, he may share his secret (but, somehow, I'm doubting it). It's not too late to outdo him with some good, old-fashioned scrubby tactics. So let's see some more tik-throws, Psycho Crusher spamming and cheap trap set-ups.

Senisan seriously layed waste to me using Ken. This was by far, my biggest ass-kicking of the week. I'm very impressed and can't wait for the opportunity to redeem myself.

CWal37 courageously jumped into this challenge having never played a Street Fighter game before last week. He did really well for a 1st-timer. I really hope to watch his skills improve over time. If you ever need a sparring partner beyond this contest, message me. Grab you a headset and we can go over strategies in-game sometime.

Nilcam has competed every day so far. Always there the minute I log on each night. Last night he gave my Ryu some epic battles with Blanka. I've never had the "chess-style" battles (where you're trying to outthink your opponent moreso than outfight him/her) against someone using Blanka before. He came out with 8 of 15 wins and my respect.

Okay, Xbox fans. Your day in the sun is now. Get online and give me what for! For those wanting to compete, again I ask for you to give the rules a good read-through, and send me that friend request to get things started!

Finally, regular ranking updates will find themselves in the forums. On Sundays throughout the contest I'll be posting these weekly recaps in the c-blogs.

Complete rules can be found here.

Here's the schedule for each system:
(M. Bison, Vega and Balrog correspond to the switched up, non-Japanese versions of their names)

PS3 Schedule:
Tuesday, December 2nd: Ryu
Wednesday, December 3rd: Ken
Thursday, December 4th: Chun Li
Friday, December 5th: Guile
Saturday, December 6th: Blanka
Tuesday, December 9th: Zangief
Friday, December 12th: Dee Jay
Sunday, December 14th: Cammy
Wednesday, December 17th: Balrog
Saturday, December 20th: E. Honda
Thursday, December 25th: Akuma
Saturday, December 27th: Sagat
Monday, December 29th: T. Hawk
Wednesday, December 31st: Fei Long
Friday, January 2nd: M. Bison
Sunday, January 4th: Vega
Tuesday, January 6th: Dhalsim

Xbox Schedule:
Sunday, December 7th: Vega
Monday, December 8th: Ryu
Wednesday, December 10th: Zangief
Thursday, December 11th: Fei Long
Saturday, December 13th: Blanka
Monday, December 15th: Ken
Tuesday, December 16th: T. Hawk
Thursday, December 18th: Dhalsim
Friday, December 19th: Guile
Sunday, December 21st: Chun Li
Wednesday, December 24th: Sagat
Friday, December 26th: M. Bison
Sunday, December 28th: Dee Jay
Tuesday, December 30th: E. Honda
Thursday, January 1st: Cammy
Saturday, January 3rd: Akuma
Monday, January 5th: Balrog
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About Haxanone of us since 11:13 AM on 10.23.2007

Occasional contributer to Tomopop.com.

Random gaming facts about Haxan

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)
Ico (PS2)
Sin and Punishment (N64)
Picross (DS)


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 Cit� 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.

Blogs I writed:

Virtual Console Review- The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask
Review- Dead Rising: Chop Till You Drop

Front Page
Other Worlds Than These: The citizens of the land of Termina
Community spotlight: Haxan goes above and beyond for the community

Monthly Musings
Instant Replay: Street Fighter II
The Start of the Affair: Solomon's Key

Editorials and assorted articles
Does the Wii have RROD-type issues of its own?
Okay, Nintendo. I guess that we can be friends again.
Niero, do you have any idea what in the lobster milkshake you have done?! (dtoid 3rd anniversary post)
10 things you might not have known about Haxan (but really only 8)
Why Destructoid is awesome: Nilcam is the greatest edition (I honestly can't give Nilcam enough props for this.)
Christmas shopping: Non-gaming, priest dad-style
Bad Dye Job: A Darius Pickman Story
"Congraturation" RetroforceGO!
Nintendon't what?! Now you tell me just what the %#@$ Nintendon't do!

Neat stuff I played a bit part in
The Destructoid children's alphabet book


Xbox LIVE:haxan1
PSN ID:Haxan
Mii code:8490 3559 2301 7665


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