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The Destroy Haxan, Win Street Fighter IV Contest: Final Cheapest Player Nominee (come in and vote for the winner) and Contest Wrap-Up


First, let's get the final nominee for the Cheapest Player Award out of the way. This week's nomination belongs to kirbilot. This guy is pretty crafty. He understands balance and equilibrium. He knows that the best way to throw off an opponent is to throw them off balance. In a real street fight, kirbilot will run right up and box your ears. He'll kill your eardrums, which are responsible for your sense of balance. Then he will proceed to destroy your stumbling ass.

But how do these tactics translate to Street Fighter II? Mind games, of course. Most nights, when I would send kirbilot a fight invitation, he wouldn't get back to me for a while. A couple minutes later, he would message me saying that he couldn't get in and offer to host the battle.

That's it. How does that throw one off balance? Well, kirbilot knows that since I'm hosting every match that I'm used to having my character start from the left-side, Player One, position. I'm more used to throwing my specials while facing that direction. When he hosts, I'm automatically thrown into the right-side, Player Two, position. Everything is now all backwards. And while the difference is almost negligible, it does give him the slight edge that he needs to deliver a sound pummeling.

A pretty good tactic, and one that served him well throughout the contest. Which makes kirbilot the fifth nominee for cheapest player.

Voting now begins for The Cheapest Player Prize. You can vote by posting your preference in the comments. You will ultimately decide the winner of the cheap prize that I have constructed. Voting starts now and ends 1am EST this Friday morning (January 16th, 2009). Just to recap, the contestants are:

C2C Shiro and his FBI-level profiling abilities
Rab and his minions, with their complete control over internet lag
Genki-JAM, who will hook a brother up, but not all the way
Char Aznable, the Akuma Assassin
kirbilot, the equilibrium destroyer (described above)

Okay, so the contest is now over. The winners of all three prizes will be announced this friday. I want to thank all of the competitors from the bottom of my heart. This was a grueling contest that asked a lot of your time. I thank you so much for spending it on the competition.

I was asked recently why I put so much effort into this contest. What did I want out of it. I had a lot of reasons. I wanted to learn how to play against the different characters in their newly "remixed" forms. I wanted to seek out new people to play against, and forms some new bonds. I wanted to have a reason pushing me to draw more often (as I seldom draw anything that isn't going in a c-blog). And I just wanted to play a shit-ton of Street Fighter.

In the end, I have to say that I ended up achieving all of these goals with greater success than I ever imagined. I learned some new techniques. I met some amazing people. I ended up drawing versions of every character in the game. And I put in nearly a hundred hours into my one of my favorite games of all time.

I'm fast approaching tl;dr territory, so I will end this post here. Please do not forget to vote. Thanks again to everybody who competed. I will see you all on Friday at the winner's circle.

(also, sorry for being a day late. I drank waaaaaay to much while celebrating the contest's conclusion on Saturday night. I ended up sleeping away all of Sunday)
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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


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PSN ID:Haxan
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