Monday, 30 April 2012

Sick gaming at 8bit Ego x Capcom: Batteries Not Included

you plug your stick at the front 
29th April 02 Academy, Islington

With much excitement me and my gaming chicks entered another world, we had got tickets to a highly anticipated tournament in promotion of the new Streetfighter x Tekken game. 8bit Ego x Capcom: Batteries Not Included being my first tournament we walked into a tight knit community of hardcore beat em’ up fans with pure awe in our eyes.
one of the organisers and an artist at work

Streetfighter x Tekken is a crossover fighting game developed by Capcom, placing Tekken characters in the Streetfighter 2D style of fighting with only the movement of forwards , backwards & jump. Like the recent Marvel vs Capcom you can play two characters  as well as have two players battling on the same team, one controlling each character, and face off in four player matches. Released 9th March 2012 on Playstation 3, Xbox 360. Also scheduled for release on 11th of May 2012 for Pc users on Steam.

I don’t use the term ‘hardcore’ loosely, everyone had their own gaming stick, no stick no play!  You also had to register and pay a fighting fee of £8, the spectators only paid £2.50 for handling of a free ticket (not really free then is it?). I have no qualms what-so-ever though as amongst the buzz of the gamers I did receive goody bag (sponsored by good ole’ Cyber candy and Capcom) - I even got free Dominoes Pizza ^^

Gaming what a load of pixels!

You had a bar to quench your thirst be it Red Bull or Gaymers (pun totally intended :D ) with ongoing artists drawing on stage, continuous group battling simultaneously and also a raffle for a crate load of Cybercandy goodies and your own Streetfighter x Tekken stick ! Also following the name we had a lot of 8 bit remixed music getting everyone into the mood, the beat dropping before fists started pounding.

me and my crew

After people’s stats were calculated the smalls groups surrounding the 4 split screens gradually moved to the main stage and everything was being filmed live onto the big screen, tension was building but the trash talk was a bare minimum if anyone was instigating it was me :D

Narrowed down to the final 8, who one of which won the arcade stick, it weedled down to the ultimate winner who received £500 which was the victorious Taaha Ibrahim!

Don’t let the rain deter you from having fun: a cheap day out, make new friends and get your game on!

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