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Announcing the "Destroy Haxan, Win Street Fighter IV" Contest (updated [again])



Today I became sick of playing ranked matches in Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix against 12 year-olds that only repeat a single fireball trap with Akuma ad nauseum. I need more practise against cheap competitors. I need sparring partners; you need a free copy of Street Fighter IV. So, the "Destroy Haxan, Win Street FIghter IV" contest is born.

Before I get into the meat of this contest, I want to get any and all disappointment out of the way. There are some requirements you will need to meet before you can enter this contest. In order to compete you will need the following:

1. A PlayStation 3 orXbox 360

2. Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix

3. A United States address for me to ship the game to, should you end up the winner. (I am not automatically disqualifying anyone outside of the US. But you'll need to have someone in the US ship you the game from their address as I can't foot the bill for international shipping or for the added cost of buying a game in another country.)

4. An account here at Destructoid. (If I'm throwing away three Jeffersons, it's damn sure going to be to one of us.) Realizing that being a community member doesn't necessarily mean blogging, this rule has been refined from requiring a c-blog on your account to compete. No community blogs are necessary to compete.

The objective is this: Have the best combination of total wins and win ratio against me in online friendly matches over 34 days' time. Simple. But there are some rules and stipulations.

1. You have to find me online. Send me a friend request with destructoid somewhere in the note. My PSN ID is haxan, XBLA Gamertag is haxan1 I understand that there are only so many slots available for friends. So this is first come, first served. Beyond that I will be devoting a minimum of 2 hours of SF2 play per day. This will usually be between 8 and 10 pm Eastern Standard Time Sunday-Thursday nights, just before work. I may also drop in after work around 8am. And possibly throughout the day. On my days off, I could be on at any time. So, if you see me online, send me an invite challenging me. As soon as I'm able to (i.e. when I finish the current set of matches), I'll send you an ETA of when your time will be. This is also, first come, first served. If I'm in the middle of a match, and have 5 people waiting, I may not have time to get to you. I will not turn down a challenge for any other reason than lack of time. I don't care if I'm at the final boss of Resistance 2, I will drop it and fight against you.

2. There will be a theme character and system for each particular day (Xbox only on some days, PS3 only on others). I'm always going to be Ryu. I've been playing as him for 20 years. I don't see any reason to change up now. But the character that you will control will change on each day. At the end of the blog, I'll post a schedule for which character fights on which day on which system. You can switch between systems, but you can only play once as each fighter.

3. You will get up to 10 total matches. 7 using the theme character, and 3 bonus matches using any character of your choosing. These are optional. This rule was altered from 5 bonus matches as Ken or Ryu to add a bit more fun to the competition for everybody, and to even up the odds for non-shoto competitors.

4. The winner will be decided at the end of the 34 day period. The victor will be the person who has the greatest amount of wins multiplied by their total win percentage. Examples: A person who wins 90 of 180 total matches will have a score of 45 (90x50%). A person with 30 wins and no losses will have a score of 30 (30x100%). In case of a draw, a tournament or sudden death challenge will be created to determine the final winner. We'll just cross that bridge when we come to it.

5. Should there be any loopholes that come up, I reserve the right to amend the rules. But it's all pretty simple, so that shouldn't be a problem, though they've been amended already. Twice..

6. Finally, you are ENCOURAGED to play as cheap as you can possibly muster. This whole contest is a learning experience for me, really. So use whatever repetitive traps and special move spamming that you have in your arsenal.

Prizes will also be awarded for the the person who competes the most (an official Street Fighter Fight Night t-shirt) and the person who plays the cheapest matches throughout the competition (this is a mystery prize without much value).

Make-up battles are now available. Details here.

I'll be posting regularly in the forums every couple days (as I find the time) to update the stats. I will also create a c-blog weekly with calling for more entrants and giving competition updates. And it's never too late to get involved (well, maybe on the last day or two).

I just want to throw out there that Yojimbo is really, really good. His win record against me is slightly over 50%. He hates the idea of a 3D Street Fighter (as do I) and I know he would relish any opportunity to own it without having to pay for it. So bring your A-games, guys.

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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