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

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29th April 2012, Streetfighter x Tekken tournament held at 02 Academy, Islington.

With much excitement I and a handful of gaming buddies entered another world, you had to register online to get free tickets to this intimate event. This highly anticipated tournament was in promotion of the new Streetfighter x Tekken game.

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. It was released 9th March 2012 on Playstation 3, Xbox 360 and is also scheduled for release on 11th of May 2012 for Pc users on Steam.

8bit Ego x Capcom: Batteries Not Included was a whole new experience, you literally walked into a tight knit community of hardcore beat em’ up fans. It was obvious the calmer demeanor you saw in the competitor’s eyes the more veteran gamer they were.

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 to participate, the spectators only paid £2.50 for handling of a free ticket (not really free then is it?). But £2.50 is a small price to pay when your amongst the buzz of happy go lucky gamers, given goody bags sponsored by good ole’ Cybercandy and Capcom – they even gave us free Dominoes Pizza!

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.

Once groups were being allocated and names were being called the real excitement began, the contestant Juggernaut was penalised for sneaking out for a cigarette and holding up the tournament (you can tell the pressure was building now!) 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 – it was all in good jest.

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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