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Back from CEO!
« on: June 19, 2011, 08:14:39 PM »
Hey guys, I'm back from CEO and done putting so much of my time towards Capcom games (for awhile hopefully!). With KoF XIII console version announced, and with it more than likely being at regional tournaments in 2012, I see no reason to focus on anything thats NOT SNK! But for now, I'm gonna share a few things about CEO down here in FL and my thoughts on the whole thing and got some pics too!

First off, the venue was very nice. The Wyndham Hotel and Resort was a great place to stay and I was comfortable the entire time. Orlando is very very hot in the summer, but thats to be expected. However, the hotel and the convention center remained at comfortable temperatures so inside there wasn't a huge amount of sweating or anything. Alex Jebailey did a great job as TO and any issues that popped up were quickly resolved. Unlike most tournament streams I've seen, there was a quite a lot of entertainment. Cosplayers, cosplay contest, free NOS all weekend, a DJ, and a capoeira exhibition. Tons of casuals, custom arcade machines setup...it was a blast! As for SNK stuff I saw well...there wasn't much, but I did meet a friend of Desmond's!

http://i1233.photobucket.com/albums/ff395/steamninja/IMAG0001.jpg

I forget his name...DJ something? I feel bad for this! But he was a fantastic Garou player and I snapped a shot of his Neogeo and played a few rounds with him. I lost naturally (not used to this Neogeo layout at all...) but he said he knew Desmond when I got to talking about Dreamcancel and he told me he was from the Minnesota area and Desmond played on that same Neogeo before. I had to share this on here just for that reason! He even hooked up the Taito arcade machine with Garou which was very cool! He was untouchable in that game no matter who sat down to play him.

http://i1233.photobucket.com/albums/ff395/steamninja/IMAG0002.jpg

For any tech junkies, you may appreciate this. This is a Morrigan-styled Joystick with an alluminum battop and alternating LED lights when idling. It was beautiful and I loved it. The lights of course will each light up to the corresponding button you press, but they just keep alternating if you leave it alone. I was very impressed and nabbed one of his business cards. I have an SNK project lined up for this guy in the future!

http://i1233.photobucket.com/albums/ff395/steamninja/IMAG0005.jpg

Last but not least, the cosplayer who got the most attention: A Poison! Yeah she may be a dude but come on I couldn't resist! (Yes thats me in the pic). When the DJ saw her, he put on Biv Bev Devoe's "Poison" and several people began to dance to it, with Poison strutting up and dancing with them. Even some of the capoeira guys got in on it!

Onto more serious fighting game discussion at CEO...(Sorry, SNK news ended with the Neogeo!) SSFIV: AE was very interesting. There was a large amount of Yun players but many of them flat out sucked. The people who did the best were the ones who stuck to their original characters (with the grand exception of maybe Marn, who is doing decent with Yun). Tokido ended up winning everything he participated in (except Mortal Kombat he was destroyed in that). Tokido even won in MARVEL which was bumming Mike Ross pretty bad. I agree, America should be winning hand over fist in Marvel no matter what but looking at the current results for Norcal Regionals (subject to change!) we may end up redeeming ourselves against them there. Tokido however is not there. Its very possible that Tokido could become America's biggest threat in Marvel. Wether you like Capcom or not, deffinantly something to keep an eye on!

During the AE tournament, a very good El Fuerte player came outta nowhere (he actually eliminated me but I did better than his buddies thought I would) and gave Marn a serious run for his money. The crowd got behind him and began to chant "FUERTE FUERTE FUERTE!" and would usually yell "OHHHHHH!" very loud. I swear it was like hearing an army crying out! The Fuerte ultimately lost, and Marn was thoroughly pissed, but it was deffinantly a moment worth seeing.

Tokido ended up dominating Blazblue as well. I didn't watch most of that (or play) but one thing that greatly bothered me was it was just a Noel fest. If you used Noel, you won. If not, you probably lost. To me that is a huge balance issue that makes the game unfavorable to me and so I have no drive to touch it now. My friends stuck to their mains and got some compliments on how good they were with them but ultimately, they lost to Noel! Very disappointed with how BBCSII turned out.

Tekken and SCIV were about the same as BB on a lesser scale. Bob and Steve were the win buttons. SCIV had Sophitia as the win button (though there was no Sophitia who ranked top four). The top eight/four for each of those had some more variety than Blazblue did but I was still a little disappointed.

Mortal Kombat had a very interesting turnout. People used a wide variety of different characters and I got to see James Chen get utterly destroyed by a Reptile player. The Reptile was pissed at beating a famous guy like James Chen so easily. He won the entire tournament just using Reptile, which is funny because most people are all over Ermac and Smoke! Very interesting turnout there and it was fun to watch. More people signed up for MK9 than originally planned and thus they had to split it into four pools at the last minute. Not their fault, but who would have expected 100+ people for MK? Tekken sure didn't get that much (46).

Lastly, I ended up meeting with Harada-san of Namco Bandai! He signed my joystick and drew a little Heihachi picture on it. Apparently he was also dominating quite heavily with Heihachi in Tekken. I heard he beat F. Yagami pretty badly. I don't have any pictures to share of this, but I'll see about getting a pic of his signature sometime. ONE thing to look forward to is he showed a huge interest in the capoeira exhibition. He actually moved in to the front row and recorded the whole thing. Perhaps what he saw will be used for Tekken x Street Fighter? That would be quite the interesting turn of events. Perhaps SNK needs to come hang out with us more often and see things like that eh?

All and all, I had a lot of fun and Alex Jebaily and the rest of the CEO cast did a fantastic job. I hope KoF XIII happens next year and I would love to go and play it there! Next year, that will absolutely be my main game for tournaments.

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Re: Back from CEO!
« Reply #1 on: June 19, 2011, 08:39:57 PM »

I forget his name...DJ something? I feel bad for this! But he was a fantastic Garou player and I snapped a shot of his Neogeo and played a few rounds with him. I lost naturally (not used to this Neogeo layout at all...) but he said he knew Desmond when I got to talking about Dreamcancel and he told me he was from the Minnesota area and Desmond played on that same Neogeo before.

Oh yeah, DJ Delly. I've known him for years, one of the people that got me into the whole SNK/Neo-Geo thing, because they were doing gatherings here every year. He's great at Garou and we all used to play that together here. He might be back up here for the next Raging Storm Minnesota in January.
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Re: Back from CEO!
« Reply #2 on: June 19, 2011, 09:16:38 PM »
http://i1233.photobucket.com/albums/ff395/steamninja/IMAG0002.jpg

For any tech junkies, you may appreciate this. This is a Morrigan-styled Joystick with an alluminum battop and alternating LED lights when idling. It was beautiful and I loved it. The lights of course will each light up to the corresponding button you press, but they just keep alternating if you leave it alone. I was very impressed and nabbed one of his business cards. I have an SNK project lined up for this guy in the future!
Man, that stick looks huge!  And awesome...now I'm jealous of its owner ;)

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Tokido ended up dominating Blazblue as well. I didn't watch most of that (or play) but one thing that greatly bothered me was it was just a Noel fest. If you used Noel, you won. If not, you probably lost. To me that is a huge balance issue that makes the game unfavorable to me and so I have no drive to touch it now. My friends stuck to their mains and got some compliments on how good they were with them but ultimately, they lost to Noel! Very disappointed with how BBCSII turned out.
Unfortunately, Noel is a relatively easy-to-use and very powerful character (currently sitting with Makoto for top tier, if I'm not mistaken).  Also doesn't help matters that she was kind of weak in CS1, so a lot of people aren't used to fighting against her yet (at least outside of Japan, since they've had CS2 for a lot longer than everywhere else).  CS2 probably still needs some more time out there before people can say too much regarding its balance, but it seems like the opinion among Japanese players is that it's better balanced than CS1 was, so hopefully we'll see more variety at tournaments as the game matures (disappointing that a Hazama hasn't qualified yet for SBO, last I checked).  Out of curiosity, do you know which big names were at CEO for BB?  I didn't pay much attention to it (was watching BB at Revelations for Satoshi, OmniSScythe, Zong_One, CopperDabbit, and LordKnight), so I can't think of who might've been at CEO aside from Senkai.

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Lastly, I ended up meeting with Harada-san of Namco Bandai! He signed my joystick and drew a little Heihachi picture on it. Apparently he was also dominating quite heavily with Heihachi in Tekken. I heard he beat F. Yagami pretty badly.
Frank Yagami from Fighter's Generation?  Nice going for Harada-san.  It's good to see people at companies who actually play their products :)

Anyway, thanks for sharing the experiences and pictures.  It's always cool to heard about stuff like this.
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Re: Back from CEO!
« Reply #3 on: June 19, 2011, 09:23:21 PM »
Oh yeah, DJ Delly. I've known him for years, one of the people that got me into the whole SNK/Neo-Geo thing, because they were doing gatherings here every year. He's great at Garou and we all used to play that together here. He might be back up here for the next Raging Storm Minnesota in January.

Yeah it was fun! I hope to get better at Garou and challenge him again sometime.

Man, that stick looks huge!  And awesome...now I'm jealous of its owner ;)

Yeah the creator is deffinantly very good at his trade. Will post up the guy's info soon for any potential customers.


Unfortunately, Noel is a relatively easy-to-use and very powerful character (currently sitting with Makoto for top tier, if I'm not mistaken).  Also doesn't help matters that she was kind of weak in CS1, so a lot of people aren't used to fighting against her yet (at least outside of Japan, since they've had CS2 for a lot longer than everywhere else).  CS2 probably still needs some more time out there before people can say too much regarding its balance, but it seems like the opinion among Japanese players is that it's better balanced than CS1 was, so hopefully we'll see more variety at tournaments as the game matures (disappointing that a Hazama hasn't qualified yet for SBO, last I checked).  Out of curiosity, do you know which big names were at CEO for BB?  I didn't pay much attention to it (was watching BB at Revelations for Satoshi, OmniSScythe, Zong_One, CopperDabbit, and LordKnight), so I can't think of who might've been at CEO aside from Senkai.

I main Hazama in CSII (not very well lol) so I would love to see him qualify at SBO. Yeah, game needs time to ferment but one glaring issue is Japan tends to have certain characters they only play (usually based on appearances) and tend to stick to them. Not always (There's Japanese Hakan players lol) but then that causes an issue of people in America mimicing that. There's nothing wrong with reasons why you use a character, but it shouldn't effect the tier lists so dramatically.

Frank Yagami from Fighter's Generation?  Nice going for Harada-san.  It's good to see people at companies who actually play their products :)

Anyway, thanks for sharing the experiences and pictures.  It's always cool to heard about stuff like this.

No problem I enjoyed sharing. And yeah, its great to see Harada-san kicking ass.

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Re: Back from CEO!
« Reply #4 on: June 20, 2011, 08:12:52 PM »


http://i1233.photobucket.com/albums/ff395/steamninja/IMAG0005.jpg

Last but not least, the cosplayer who got the most attention: A Poison! Yeah she may be a dude but come on I couldn't resist! (Yes thats me in the pic).

Nothing wrong with that, and I'm sure that scene in Hangover part 2 converted a lot of people.

Looks like a great trip dude.
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