By: goukijones Jul 8, 2012 | 6 Comments
More of me just rambling about EVO from day 2. Hope you enjoy my nonsense.
I'm sitting down to write this a day later, I was there until almost 1am last night. Yesterday was another epic day at EVO.
We arrived around 11:30am and met up with Vicko, who was doing his mods in the Mad Catz booth. This Jimmy is pro status in the modding community. I'd let him touch my stick anytime. He was chillin' with Fanatiq back there probably fixing his paid, rumor is Fanatiq pounds one of the bumpers and is always wrecking the sensor. Shout out to pad players, I love it!
Vicko's pool play was at 12 Noon and he was going to represent for Gouki.com and wear our shirt while he played. Much love for that, I really appreciate that kind of support. We filmed all of his matches and I will post them on Gouki later this week. Unfortunately he didn't make it out of his pool, but he put up a helluva a fight and was very exciting to watch. I want to scream and cheer for him, but I was extremely focused on capturing his matches. I shot it off-screen and I tried my best to keep the screen in frame.
Just as Vicko finished his match, another Las Vegas local Ruin was on the main stage fighting Mame Spider. I captured this on film as well, but I'm not sure if Ruin would like me to share it. Probably not. Ruin was defeated by Mame spider in a great match. I was really proud to see Las Vegas on the main stage.
Lunch time. Trying to stand perfectly still and capture these matches was taking a toll on my frail white ass. We trekked over the Imperial Palace and ate a place called Quesadilla. They served Mexican food, if you couldn't figure that out. They also had $3 Coronas, which was way better than the $7 we were paying for beers the the day before. I had 3 chicken tacos for lunch, they were excellent. I wish I remembered the name of the hot sauce, that was the best part.
When we got back to EVO I had to pee like 3 times. Fuck me. At least my ass was dripping or even worse, bleeding. Speaking of a bleeding ass, I got to finally see My Little Pony - Fighting is Magic. For the longest time I didn't even this think this game was real. Well I finally saw it yesterday and I got some off-screen footage which I'll be posting later this week. The game was running in a 4x3 screen on a PC. It looked a little dated graphically, but from what I can tell the fighting seem to have combos and wall bounces like fighting games. I didn't get a change to play it because the Bronies playing would not share the stick. The most disgusting one of the bunch was explaining to me how the game worked. He had long dirty fingernails. That is an instant classification of disgusting. Unacceptable don't be a Jimmy! Anyway, the buttons are l, m, h, and Magic. That's about all the info I got out of it, since I couldn't play and there was nobody there to talk to about the game.
Right now live in the Gouki.com offices we're watching the Mortal Kombat top 8. I'm going to have a shot in accompany to my beer.
Fuck yeah! Feeling good now, back to my half assed memory of yesterday. So we split with BatRastered and I stayed at EVO with PrettyMiwa and Guano. I had no idea where Guano was so I was just snapping shot of the venue. I spoke to Keits for a moment, introduced myself, asked for any advice for getting a mjor tournament organized here in Las Vegas and we spoke briefly about DiveKick. Keits was super awesome. Ran over and talked to Markman realy quick. Markman is the guy in charge of getting the EVO fightsticks lost in customs. lol. Shout out to Markman.
EVO was really packed at this point and Ultmiate was coming down the quarterfinals and a lot of people were already packing into the fron to watch. Not long before it was standing room only. I got to see a match on SFxT with Mike Ross and Combofiend. Mike Ross looked awesome with his Marduk, but the girl in front of us couldn't stand still and I was bobbing and weeving just trying to watch the match.
Then I hear Guano shouting from a distance to come and sit down to watch the Marvel quarter finals. Yo we sat there for like 5 hours watching the best players in the country in some of the most exciting matches and unique teams I've ever seen. Filipino Champ is on a tear right now and I'd loved to see that Modok in the finals against his Phoenix. We got out of there around 12:30. Another great day at EVO. Now I'm gonna chill and watch the finals from home. Watching Mortal Kombat now, this game is really good, watching high level play.
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I haven't read over anything above. :) That's why this is a blither blathering blog. Thanks for reading.
By: goukijones Jul 6, 2012 | 5 Comments | Updated: Jul 19, 2012
I basically try to recap the day while slowly drinking four beers and mixing in a few shots of whiskey. Well done vintage blithering blathering. Don't be a Jimmy. EVO 2012 Day 1 was spectacular and I enjoyed every second of it.
BatRastered and myself departed the house around 10am. We both for forgot our business cards. So we had to turn back and get them. Don't be a Jimmy! We were finally on the way. Traffic was nice, we drove past all of the metal donkeys on the side of the freeway. Parking was ridiculous. The Ceaser's Palace parking garage was packed and it seemed like we were never going to get a space. We continued drive to around in circles for unrelenting 20 minutes. There were 2 cars in front us, at this point we figured we were not getting a space, ever! I saw somebody pull out in the row next to us. Now was our chance, we just needed these to Jimmys in front of to keep on driving straight. They did, we parked, lets talk about EVO.
Having EVO at Ceaser's Palace is the best, it's a perfect fight for the fighting game championship of the world. Shout out to Mr. Wizard for again inviting Gouki.com and putting on a hell of a production with EVO 2012. This truly is one of the most amazing things I've ever seen. I'm proud that EVO takes place in Las Vegas.
BatRastered and I ventured inside the Emperor's room into the world of EVO. The musty scent almost knocked us out the second we passed the threshold of PWN. We bumped around for a short while, checking out the lay out, looking for anyone we know. DiveKick! Heard. I've been wanting to play DiveKick since I first saw that sweet trailer 6 months ago. Well a lot has changed since that trailer, like there isn't just 2 CHARACTERS -in a loud booming voice- in the game any more. There are 6 now and 2 more possibly if some Jimmy buys them with the KickStarter program. Now I've heard some shit that Keits has been getting for asking for 30k to get DiveKick shipped, but I don't care. He was charging a dollar to play DiveKick on the big screen at EVO. Apparently it was the same deal at UFGT & CEO. That's cool. People want to play this game and they will pay a dollar to play it. Not me. We got in the free line. There's a free line that is on a smaller TV.
BatRastered played first and he won his match. I played second. The guy playing me was talking on the side of me to other people about DiveKick. He sounded like he knew what was up. I asked him how do I select my character. He explained the different ways of selecting 1 of the 5 or 6 fighters. I figure, I'm done at this point, I'm about to be exposed as a DiveKick fraud. I beat the him 5 to 3. PWNN! He was in shock. That's what happens when you fight GoukiJones. I'm the number 1 DiveKick player in Las Vegas.
Next BatRastered and I played Nidhog. Nidhog is another indie game appearing at EVO, it's very very retro in style. The graphics look like old school Atari.2 characters, both have swords. You can crouch low and kick, you can throw the sword, but then it's drop on the ground and you have to pick it back up. Also just a straight lunge forward with the sword is available. On the first screen you face off against your opponet. The goal is to get past your opponent and run to the end of the map. There's like 3 or 4 screens to run though. Whoever makes it to the end wins. Very simple, very cool. More maps would increase replay value. BTW I beat BatRastered. Number 1 in the World!
We check out the rest of the indie games, but didn't get a chance to play any. Saw Persona 4, I think. Justice League Injustice was there, but we didn't stand around to watch the demo. It was probably the demo we saw at E3, I'll try and get some of it on video tomorrow. We also saw Playstation All Stars Battle Royal. Meh. Sorry. I have 0 feelings for this game. I do appreciate that Sony is trying to sell it in the FGC. I mean they got Clockwork on the dev team. Gootecks this it's genius. I don't know if it's going to work. I think the FGC sees it as a Smash Clone and for that reason has already dismissed it. Will Justin Wong be playing Battle Royal on some stream or at tournaments after it comes out? I don't think so.
Okay, we had to get out of there and find out where the panels were being held. The EVO app on the iPhone was buried in another program called Guidebooks. Shout out to Guano for tipping us off that the APP info was on the back of our badge. Fuckin' Jimmys! We split up with Guano at that point, he had to lube his stick and lighten his load. While we were talking to Guano in the hallway we bumped into Delriach. Delriach is reppin' the nationwide Mortal Kombat and will be doing commentary on the stream tomorrow. Shot out ot Delraich, keep pwnn bro!
At some point we bumped into Vicko. Also known as VivoVicko is a Las Vegas local. Cool guy, does stick mods and travels the country playing in different tournaments. He got his new business cards today and he was excited about that. If you live in the Las Vegas area and need your stick modded, call this Jimmy today! He can also get you custom painted balltops. Anything you can imagine. Sweet stuff, definitely take a look.
I'm really having a hard time of remember what happened next. I'm tired now. We're watching the stream of the semi finals. Where is Marn? We had lunch with Guano, his match wasn't until 4pm. No beer for Guano. He leaned into the waitress and asked the waitress to split his check off. I saw that has a private conversation and expected the waitress to bring back to checks. 1 for Guano and 1 for Team Gouki. She brings back 3. Jimmy. Either way we all handled it.
2PM Capcom Panel. Panel opens up with SFxT. It didn't surprise me with the amount of people that still are passionate about SFxT. 1 guy said that he was the player left in his community. :) This will be the last year this game is at EVO and possibly ever discussed. The we got some Derek Neal and Ryota Niitsuma action. Derek Neal is making the HD and updated version of Marvel VS Capcom & Marvel Super Heroes and everything he said sounded great. I loved all of the ideas they were implementing and a lot was based on user feedback. Derek's got it easy, he's got a great game already made and just has to make the online experience something memorial. There's tons of achievements and I saw in-game achievements like using correct spacing and such. That's cool. At this point I'm thinking this game is going to be teaching Jimmys how to play. That all looks great. [BatRastered Capcom's Panel Story]
Now it was time to talk about Ultimate Marvel VS Capcom 3. -excuse me, I may lose it ahead- First they accidently show a slide to the room of something called "Clash Idea" and the picture shows Wolverine's Berserker Barrage clashing with Ryu's Super Fireball. Then the screen goes blank again and they start the panel. Shout out to Cinderkin for translating for Niitsuma. The first thing out of Niitsuma's grill is "We're not going to patch UMvC3." Okay. Fine. We're [Capcom] just want to talk to about stuff we wanted to do with Ultimate, but cut out in the final product. What do you think?
What do I think? I think this is complete bullshit and I'm extremely bored. This talk about old shit we ain't gonna do nothing with was a complete waste of time. At this point, the SFxT stuff was more interesting, because at least we were getting new information about a game still being updated and taken care of. Why has Capcom given up on Ultimate Marvel VS Capcom 3? They hint at it being Marvel's fault. 1 of the questions asked was about if Marvel being acquired by Disney has hindered them working together. No. Was the answer. I belive Marvel wants to move on. I don't think we'll see a Marvel VS Capcom 4 anytime soon. If this genre ever went the way of COD or Maddens, the fall of the fighting games would be worse than the 90's. There are already too many games competing in the fighting game genre. They should just add more characters, but it was also confirmed during this panel that there will be no more new characters for UMvC3.
Basically Capcom is done with the game. They are working on something, but can't say. Darkstalkers Jimmy! All the signs point to it. I even got an inside tip that Capcom will be unveiling something big next week at SDCC. Darkstalkers Jimmy! I've been calling this for months. Vampy is going to be there, contract by Capcom to appear in cosplay as Felicia. Ono-san will be there and it was in Comic-Con 2012 where he showed us SFxT for the first time. All signs point to something new. Darkstalkers Jimmy! I'm over this. I'll be there and I'll let you know first hand.
4PM Guano Pool. Well it was actually like 3:42PM and we were just standing in front of the SFxT vita display. The display was completely empty. That's what's up with the Vita and the SFxT. As we chatted Ruin appeared out of the corner of my eye. Early in the week Ruin and I had a conversation about leveling up earlier this week. Some didn't approve of my comments, but I think Ruin understood what I was trying to say after we twated each other on the tweeter. So I said to him what's up and who I was. We hugged it out. That's right, we hugged it out in the middle of EVO 2012. Keeping it gangsta. I want to help Las Vegas get stronger in the FGC. Vegas Tech is what I've been saying! Ruin gets it, I want to help improve the seen. We had a quick chat, he doesn't want me to film is Marvel play tomorrow, but is cool with me filming the KOF. I want to see Ruin play KOF, but I want to cheer on Vicko on as well and capture his play. We'll have to see what happens tomorrow and get as much footage as possible.
Bumped into Cujo Kate while still waiting for Guano. I think that's how it spells. She was dressed as Vega. She remembered us as soon as she saw BatRastered towering over her. She started to tell me about her matches in the morning. She had an AM pool. Welcome to EVO. Tomorrow she has an 8AM Street Fighter X Tekken pool. SFxT lol. Anyway back to her matches in the morning. She was telling me about frame traps and wake up super and Vega moves I'd never heard of. I'm praying to god I wouldn't have to open my moth and react in anyway like I knew what she was talking about. I'm really bad with SF4. BatRastered was asking what are Cammy's moves and I told him I didn't know. So I hope I didn't embarrass myself with Kate too much. She said she'd be back tomorrow as Spider Woman. I'll try to get a picture. Here's a pic of her as Vega.
Guano finally got into his pool and played DLimit. DLimit used Guile. Guile VS Ken. Guano gave a few too many free uppercuts that allowed DLimit to get the upper hand. Well that's how I remember it right now. I'll upload some videos in a few days and we can all decide.
The day was done at this point. I came home and started to write all this nonsense. I have no idea what was written above really. I've had a few beers and some chicken. Now it's time to do the podcast. Thanks to everyone we ran into today. Had a great day at EVO Day 1. Gonna finish watching these quarterfinals and record the podcast. Vote, Comment and Share. Don't be a Jimmy!
Just a few pictures from EVO 2012. Enjoy.
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New fight stick to debut at EVO 2012. Exclusive EVO graphics. More info coming to an FGC event near you!
Well it looks like you might have a reason to spend 200 bucks on a new fight stick at EVO. No word on how limited this stick will be. In fact no word at all, MarkMan just dangling this in front of us on the Twitter. I'm hoping it's one of those VS sticks like the Street Fighter X Tekken stick. I really want one of those, but I don't want the SFxT graphics on it. This EVO limited edition version sounds pimpin'!
By: Arthvader Jul 13, 2012 | 2 Comments
More Awesomeness from EVO 2012 Grand Finals.
In case you missed these Fights in the Grand Finals, here's your chance to see four of them (Genexsis83 put up 3 of the remaining fights in an earlier story.):Read full story...
From about 30 rows back, get a view of "Mexico" qualifying for Top 8 in Ultimate Marvel VS Capcom 3.
Shout out to Mexico for bringing top tier shit to the U.S. this weekend.
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By: genxsis83 Jul 11, 2012 | 3 Comments
This was too cool not to share.
Guys check this out if you want just the grand final fights. Pretty awesome and intense. Was cool to see so many Koreans win as a Korean American myself ^^
Some of my favorites
Evo 2012 SSF4 AEMCZ Infiltration vs GamerBee
Evo 2012 UMvC3
coL.CC Filipino Champ Vs. LXG InfritcoL.CC Filipino Champ Vs. LXG Infrit
Evo 2012 KoFXIII - CafeID Mad KOF vs IGL Bala
GoukiJones and BatRastered got to play DiveKick at EVO 2012. Read on for some hands-on goodness.
DiveKick started out as a great idea... Check out this preview video if you haven't seen it already:
That was an awesome spoof of the community, the games, the controllers... everything. 2 buttons, 2 characters. I thought it was awesome. It also looked complete (or at least very nearly). They could've sold this as an iPhone/iPad game no problem.
Since then, they've added a few new characters. There's a "wolverine" (not to be confused with the Marvel character) and a "Mr. N" spoof of Marn.
Now they're doing a kickstarter and even more characters will be added... each with slightly different jumps and kicks I guess. Yawn... This was so funny 2 months ago, but the joke is over now and I don't really care to have a serious DiveKick game at home. I don't see it selling very much at this point (let alone late Fall when it actually gets released).
Anyway, I had a chance to play it at EVO... here's me playing against a wolverine :
Is this the first double KO caught on tape? It didn't count as a round at all! Later on in the match I figured out that pressing kick first makes you jump backwards. My overall feeling though was that this would make a great party game and not much more. It has some insider jokes for the FGC, but like I said before, it's a bit stale now. If they take the game too seriously, they'll just end up competing with the SSF4AE and UMvC3's of the world and let's be real, I'm gonna play the full-on games at that point. I can't say I'm too hyped for this at this point... if it was already out with the two OG characters, Dive and Kick, and cost a few bucks I would've probably already bought it, played it, and forgotten about it. (Just like SFxT! Hey-o!)
Bonus video: Here's GoukiJones as "Dive" winning a match against wolverine.
Unfortunately I didn't get to play myself, but I did get a little bit on tape for all the Gouki.com Bronies.
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So our Goddess of the night Princess Luna was at EVO 2012 to check out the fighting demos and matches.
By: BatRastered Jul 2, 2012 | 3 Comments
Just a few days after Seth Killian's departure from Capcom, word comes that he will be working with Sony Santa Monica studios and representing Playstation All-Stars Battle Royal at EVO later this week.
Just a few days ago we wrote about Seth Killian's departure from Capcom and speculated about what he might be up to at EVO this year. Well wonder no more!
Seth has been hired as "the lead game designer for the external group at the Sony’s Santa Monica Studio". What is the external group? In Seth's own words:
"The external group works with Sony’s outside studios — teams like Queasy Games (Sound Shapes), Fun Bits Interactive (Escape Plan), thatgamecompany (Flower, Journey), and… SuperBot Entertainment, makers of PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale!"
Seth seems plenty excited about PS All-Stars and still being part of EVO:
"You don’t have to take my word for it, however–we’ll be taking All-Stars on the road and making sure you guys have plenty of opportunities to go hands-on, starting with PlayStation’s first official presence at EVO this weekend. More details soon."
Yeah Seth, "details soon"... EVO is only 4 days away ya Jimmy! (I know, I couldn't believe that either.) We'll be sure to catch up with Seth when the Gouki.com crew visits EVO 2012 in Las Vegas this weekend.
By: goukijones Jun 25, 2012 | 2 Comments
More than just 1 interesting game will be shown off in the EVO 2012 indie games showcase. Aztec, Super Comboman, Nidhogg, DiveKick and more. You Jimmys know I really want to play the DiveKick
DiveKick at EVO 2012!!! This game was first unveiled at UFGT8 earlier this year and I can't believe nobody has published this game on the iPhone. Looking for an exclusive with Keits, shout out to my boy Keits, WHAT UP JIMMY?! :)
DIVEKICK distils the essence of the fighting genre into its most simple form, using parody and humor to make players comfortable in a fast-paced, rage-inducing game.
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