Instead of just mindlessly posting news, we should discuss arcade gaming instead. But first, the actual news:
Singapore, 4 October 2008 – Anime Festival Asia 2008 (AFA08) will host the inaugural Singapore Arcade Showdown, a nationwide Arcade Gaming Competition organized by Singapore Cybersports & Online Gaming Association (SCOGA) and machines sponsored by TKA World. The landmark competition will take place in The Arena Zone, the seventh and newest Experience Zone of the AFA08 on the 22nd and 23rd of November 2008 at Suntec International Convention and Exhibition Centre.
Players will compete in any of the three upcoming arcade gaming titles: King of Fighters ’98: Ultimate Match; Street Fighter IV; and Tekken 6.
Players need to pre-register by 18 November via the official AFA08 website at www.afa08.com and have to pay registration fees (in addition to entrance fees):
- $5 for participation in any one of the games above
- $8 for participation in any two of the games above
- $10 for participation in all three of the games above
Upon successful registration, all registrants will be entered into a pool where they will be randomly picked into individual groups by drawing lots after the sign-up deadline.
In round robin fashion, the top 2 of each group will qualify into the play-offs which will be a double elimination format.
Schedule will be released on November 20, 2008
All players are allowed to participate in all games but if schedules clash, players will have to make a choice between which game they will be continuing to participate in. All enquiries can be directed to email@example.com.
I lost all interest in arcade gaming when I got my Super Nintendo which could play a lot of the games arcade machines had at that time. It didn’t make economic sense to insert coins for a single game when I can get the game unlimited at home. I also hated the joysticks that just didn’t feel as comfortable as a gamepad. That was back in the early 90s when a game at the arcade costed 20 cents, and generally consisted of beat em ups like Final Fight (iirc), fighting games like Street Fighter and others. I also got myself a Megadrive 2 and my uncle had the Sega CD and Genesis combo, and I recall playing games like NIGHT TRAP (haha R21 and I was like 9) and Black Hole Assault (mecha fighting game awesome) on the Sega CD. These, and the SNES games like Super Mario World, Megaman X, etc were far more interesting and worthwhile to dumping in 20 cent coins into the arcade machines.
Then the revolution came away when arcade machines started differentiating from consoles, having exclusives that were not easily ported over, such as Dance Dance Revolution, Para Para, the various shooting games and recently the musical instrument games. Arcade operators also took the opportunity to jack up prices insanely, resulting in the current climate of having to pay 2-3 dollars for a new game, which frankly is quite ridiculous. Another factor was my getting a Playstation when I was 12 and discovering the wonderful world of Japanese RPGs. Since then, I’ve barely ever played any arcade games and never did understand what was fun about them.
Then came LAN gaming on the computer, with the advent of Warcraft 2 and then Counterstrike, where for 2 dollars you got to play an entire hour at the LAN shop! Compare this to a paltry 2-3 minutes on the arcade machines…
About the games above, chosen for the competition - I played Tekken 2 and then 3, and stopped. On the PSX of course. But my first fighting game was Street Fighter 2. My uncle, a loser who begged my grandfather to let him study university overseas because he couldn’t make it here, brought back his SNES, Genesis and Sega CD combo when he graduated. Despite being a loser, he introduced my cousins and I Street Fighter 2 and slaughtered us for the first week.
My male cousins became really good gamers though. The eldest one had monster hand-eye coordination and probably would’ve been good enough to play pro, but he became a pilot instead, a real military one. The 2nd one was really awesome too, and is doing computer science, but he was one of the people who developed some popular LAN emulator for WC3 and Dota, can’t remember its name, either Psion or Zion? Anyway, so after a week of studying a guide book (no internet back then), they destroyed my uncle. Pretty funny when you think a guy of 24 or so, who owns and played the game for years, lost to a bunch of kids who just started out. While I was never as good, I also thrashed the uncle soon. I guess he must suck.
Even nowadays occasionally, I’ll turn on the arcade emulator and play some SF2. I never quite liked any of the later versions, though I was into Marvel vs Capcom on the PSX. The SF4 seems to be great, though I haven’t played it yet.
Any thoughts regarding arcades? Share your stories! It’s quite nostalgic.
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