Another week, another adventure for Dtoid UK! This time we venture into beat-em up territory as we attend the Tekken 6 PAL Territories finals at the Proud Galleries in London.
The tournament itself was a double elimination style tournament where the losers of the "main bout" would then face off against each other and the winner of those matches then re-enter the main tournament. So if you lucked out in your match there's a chance for you to unleash sweet vengeance. Contestants traveled from as far as South Africa, Australia and all across Europe to compete with some big prizes to be won. The winner goes home with £2500 and a Sony Bravia TV, 2nd place gets £1000 and a Hori arcade stick and 3rd place gets £500 and a Hori arcade stick. The winner and runner up also get an all expenses paid trip to Japan to compete in the Tekken 6 World Finals, so there's a lot to play for!
As can be expected from gamers of this caliber, the matches were all extremely tense and thrilling with some truly memorable fights. That being said, no matter how skilled the players are if you watch match after match after match of Tekken 6 it's going to get a little tedious, especially when you're not the biggest Tekken fan around and you don't know the people playing. Luckily for us there was a number of distractions for us to abuse. First and foremost there was an open bar which rest assured was well used. Secondly, every iteration of Tekken was playable at the event. Everything from the very first Tekken to Tekken Tag was represented which brought back a lot of fond memories. Tekken 3 was the last Tekken I played and giving it a whirl certainly filled me with a nice sense of nostalgia.
So since there were a fair few PS3 consoles loaded up with Tekken 6 lying around I thought we might as well use them and drew up our own Dtoid UK Tekken 6 Tournament.
Most of us had never played Tekken 6 before and we were all pretty awful at it so this was just a bit of fun with nothing to lose or gain but pride and probably a few sexual favors. However, about halfway through our little tournament a Namco Bandai rep discovered what we were doing and very generously offered a prize to the winner:
A PS3 version of The Tekken 6 Limited Edition Arcade Stick Bundle.
Now that we had a prize tensions rose and the spirit of competition had been ignited. Matches were fierce, tears were shed, clothes were lost and a victor emerged from the haze of ambition and drive. The only thing was..... that person... was not a member of Dtoid UK.
As you can see (or probably can't because it makes no sense and I just scribbled stuff down as I didn't think it would end up being serious business) from the tournament sheet above, the winner was a lovely lady named Laura. She's a friend of Pheonix Blood
and she has never played a Tekken game before. Yes, you read that correctly. This was the first time she had played any Tekken game let alone Tekken 6 and she won the Dtoid UK Tekken 6 Tournament. Now, I feel I am mostly to blame because she didn't know what she was doing and I told her to pick Christie. She only found out how to block after her second or third match and she still won. I'm sorry. I'm not sure if this highlights how much we suck at Tekken 6 or how broken Christie is. I hope it's the latter.
Either way a big Congratulations to Laura for whooping our butts!
Being a very gracious winner Laura decided to give her prize away because she doesn't own a PS3. So after a rather touching speech she passed the prize onto Justice
who as you can see below, was overcome with emotion.
So another successful outing for Dtoid UK. As usual I'd like to thank all of Dtoid UK for being your usual amazing selves and I'd also like to thank Namco Bandai for letting us attend the event and for supplying us with a prize for our own little tournament. Oh and the French guy won the actual Tekken 6 PAL Territories Tournament if you missed that part!
and finally our fearless leader Pheonix Blood has a few words for you all:
If you live in the UK or even in mainland Europe then get involved! Join the Dtoid UK Google Group
and check out the brand new and improved Dtoid UK Flickr Group
for picture goodness.
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