Ladies of Street Fighter Tournament

Ladies of Street Fighter Tournament

Me vs. Stacy the Manager

Don’t laugh at my Game Face ™! This weekend was the Ladies of Street Fighter tournament at Arcade Infinity. It was the first tournament I’d ever seen in person, much less played in, but it was a good experience. I hadn’t imagined it would be so nerve-wracking.

I came in 5th place out of 15, which I was happy about. My only goal was not to come in last, which I didn’t, so it was a pretty successful tournament for me. I just wish I practiced doing ultras more on the joystick by pressing three buttons at once instead of the shortcut button. I guess I should have realized the arcade machines only had the three punch and three kick buttons, on the extra two. Oops!

Although I had apprehensions about joining an all girls tournament, it actually turned out okay. All the girls were very nice and not too “Yay girl power,” which was what I was afraid of. It was also nice seeing all the guys who came out to support the girls, or to just yell at the screen.

Thanks Scott, who let me borrow the arcade stick to practice on. I’m taking a break from SFIV for now, but I think if I ever get the hankering to play it some more, I’m going to get my own stick. Also thx to the BF for taking pictures of me and my Game Face. I didn’t realize I looked so serious!

Results @ Arcade Infinity
Images by Karaface

State of the Game Address

I’ve been spending a lot of time playing video games, but I haven’t been playing many video games. I’m still on my training schedule for the SFIV tournament at Arcade Inifinity on the 27th. If you want to see me get my ass kicked, feel free to come watch. After the tournament, I’m going to take a well earned vacation from the game.

The tournament is an all girls tournament, which usually isn’t the way I roll. But since it’s my first tourney, it seems like an easier way to see if the tournament thing is for me or not. As long as we don’t all have to wear skirts and bat our eyelashes, it should be okay.

In other news, I’m falling a little behind with playing other games. I finally picked up Fallout 3, thanks to the Amazon Deal of the Day, which got me the collector’s edition for something like $46 including taxes. Sweet! I enjoyed what I played of the game when a friend let me borrow it and even though I definitely don’t have the time to devote to it now, I’m going to save it for a rainy day when I have a few hours to spend.

A year ago, if you had asked me if the iPhone was a viable gaming platform, I would have turned my nose up and scoffed. Now, I have to admit, it certainly is the third portable gaming platform. These past few months, I’ve played more games on it than my PSP. Maybe not my DS, but definitely my PSP. It’s just so convenient since I always have my phone with me.

The type of games I play on it are so different than the games I’d play on the other 2 portables that I don’t feel too bad about it. If I want to play an RPG, I’ll get on the DS or PSP. If I want to spend more than thirty minutes on a game, I’ll get on the DS. If I just want a 10 minute break from work, iPhone time.

Hands on with Shiren 3 at E3

How could I forget to post about this yesterday? I also spent a few minutes playing the Japanese version of Mysterious Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer 3 (Wii) at the Atlus booth. Shiren 3 explains more about Shiren’s mysterious path, for those who follow the story. With my very limited Japanese, I was able to navigate up four floors before succumbing to a much more powerful enemy.

In Shiren 3, like Izuna and Shiren DS, you get a partner to traverse the random floors with. In the demo, my partner was Shiren’s master and he seemed a lot more powerful than Shiren, which was why I constantly hid behind him while he dealt with the enemies.

Nethack was the first roguelike I played and the graphical differences between that and Shiren 3 are astounding. Just the fact that Shiren and the master look so good and move so smoothly struck me with awe. It still moves and plays like a roguelike, but the eye-candy is much appreciated.

It’s a shame that we’ll have to wait till 2010 to play the game.