We had two fantastic days of gaming revel up in Portland. The weather outside was nice and warm for an October weekend, and as much as I would have loved to have had some outdoor fun, the gaming extravaganza of the PRGE beckoned.
The expansive area of the Portland Convention Center encompassed a multitude of vendors, a freeplay "Megacade", rows of pinball, a dining area, a DJ and dance area, and the Freeplay Console Zone which is where I worked my magic.
Saturday was the first day of the event and I had never handled anything this large before (3,000 attendees the year before), but I was only dealing with those who wanted to compete in the console gaming events, not the Arcade event (Super Puzzle Fighter), not the pinball tournament, and not the Tetris World Championship event... which was being run right in front of my area.The staff of volunteers they had there were very nice and helpful people. I've been accustomed to people knowing what to do, but not doing things. This time around the staff didn't seem familiar with what to do but were very interested in helping out. There really wasn't much work for me to do since all I had to do was ask someone and they'd get it done, but it seemed so awkward not doing everything myself, definitely not used to that kind of work, haha.Saturday was also the largest and busiest day of the weekend
. The Super Mario Kart event had almost 50 people enter the event. After a couple rounds of initial racing it was obvious we had quite a contender for first place. Matthew ended up going to grand finals against Ryan and won the final set 3 - 0. A fine kart racer indeed.For the top 4 players' services of putting on a great show we awarded them with
More on Sunday's events!
This past Wednesday we were treated to some surprise news, that Juicebox, a top 8 EVO player was going to be showing up to the weekly Dragonpunch tournament.
Needless to say, some of our competitors were psyched to hear about this. We had a few players come down to the League to play him in King of Fighters, and I had the pleasure of playing a friendly game with his Yang in 3rd Strike.
Check out some videos of his excellent skills at EVO:
Super Smash Bros.: "Real" Brawl
King of Fighters
*Gotta get the rest of the brackets from David
So, it may not be much of a surprise that Juicebox took 1st in Street Fighter 4 and King of Fighters, but we actually got to see a good show in finals with Sam taking 2 rounds in Winner's Finals before going down and Theo took a 3-0 first set win coming from loser's bracket in Grand Finals against Juicebox's Juri. Final set Juicebox broke out his Abel and won 3-0 for the final set. Sam and Theo did the local scene proud and we were happy to get such a strong player to visit us at the League and show us a thing or two.
Thanks for everyone coming out to the League last night for a fun fight night.
Dive Kick was still one of the biggest draws with some newer players showing off their divin' and kickin' skills.
Results for last night:
Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition 2012
1) Saltlord Seth (Seth)
2) Andozer (Andy)
4) Samrock (Sam)
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
1) Ranger (Garrett)
2) Chrome (Tyler)
3) Andozer (Andy)
Saw a few people practicing up their Magical Drop III for the next Puzzle Party event. Be prepared!
One of the biggest and best Smash Bros. tournaments in Oregon this summer wrapped up over labor day weekend with a resounding success!
Players hailing from multiple cities all came together to compete in the 7th R3V0LUTION tournament for 2013.
If you attended, feel free to leave a comment below about what you thought of the event.
I know you're anxious to see the results, so without further ado...
Super Smash Bros. (N64/Virtual Console)
Super Smash Bros. Melee (Gamecube)
Super Smash Bros. Brawl (Wii)
4) Kyle the Wario Bikeflip Master
Shoutouts to Tasty & Spicy for best overall Smashers for all three Smash Bros. games; these two are from Ashland area. Special shoutout to Kyle who puts on the best show for the audience, he's not known as the "Bike flip master" for nothing!
Every last attendee at the event helped make a hype and fun event so successful, I'd like to thank each and every person who came to compete, spectate, and participate in this event.