Yume here, and it’s Day 3 of AGDQ. Today the many tournaments held in the back rooms of AGDQ start to take place, and I already participated in 2 of them. More to come over the next few days.
The first tourney of the event was a classic. No, let me call it THE classic in gaming, especially for home consoles. We are talking about NEStris or more known as the NES version of Tetris. Yeah, I’m sorry again, puzzle games will certainly be part of this and well…There is a reason, other than me being a puzzle lover, behind this. Out of the about 20 tournaments I’ve seen posted in the tourney room, 1/3 of them are for puzzle games.
Let’s cut to the tournament itself: The target was getting the highest score, which is not really up my alley. I usually do 100 line attempts where you don’t really bother about your points, but about how fast you get 100 lines together. Which means I didn’t really have high hopes for my matches.
But honestly, I winged it in a really good manner. Averaging at about 300k points was way better than what I expected myself to do and I caused trouble for some participants that I didn’t expect. All in all, it was a fun experience for all the people that participated. I met some people in person that I fought in previous tournaments online and I saw some pretty sweet Tetris action all around, especially from the top 3 players. If you want to see some of the footage that was recorded, the puzzle community twitch channel PuzzleGeneral will stream some of the matches after AGDQ is done and they had the time to cut the videos for streaming purpose.
The winner was a very experienced NEStris runner that also won the “One Night Only Tournament” in december for the 100 lines tourney, rcdrone.
But what mainly made this event a blast was the overall performance of the participants. We had a so-called kill screen which means reaching level 29, which is humanly impossible to play on anymore, big scores, and close matches. Also, a thing to mention was the aura inside the tournament room. During some of the breath-taking matches, there was no other noise to hear other than the clicking of controllers and the Tetris music. Not only that, people that joined the room while talking immediatly went quiet and let themselves be taken in by the atmosphere, up to the point where about 50 people were watching the finals. It doesn’t sound like much in the first place, but the tourney room is not that big and Tetris itself is rather unpopular with speedrunners and streamers (except the newly released Puyo Puyo Tetris and for hardcore fans of the block stacking game, of course). Thursday will be Puyo Puyo Tetris tournament day, more about this game then.
The tournament lasted for around 5 hours in total and was a great success for the tournament organizer.
Basically right after this we had a kind of Wario’s Woods afterparty with a tournament of the game that was featured on AGDQ the day before. I can’t play this game, seriously, but I joined for fun. And it was also a great experience doing this tourney with some friends of PuzzleGeneral and other people that joined in and knew about as much as myself. The format for this was versus, so you play against a real player for the matches, unlike the speedrun shown yesterday.
The atmosphere shifted 180°. We had a lot of fun and were loud as heck. Even the usually noisy Super Smash Bros. dedicated room close by wasn’t nearly as loud as we were during that tournament, where fun was the main target for a lot of the runners and audience.
The winner of this tournament was our one and only peteyboo, which did the Warios Woods run the day before. It was a blast in many ways, but I generally enjoyed the Tetris tourney more from the level of gameplay that was showcased. Not to talk Wario’s Woods and the participants down or anything, but Tetris was seriously phenominal.
For the rest of the week, there are some other tourneys planned I want to take place in, like Pokémon Puzzle League, Puyo Puyo Tetris, and Rocket League. I also try to cover other tournaments I don’t take part in myself as much as possible, I might not be able to do everything because of overlapping times though. Granted, I will write about the A Link to the Past race that will take on Friday with a short interview with a friend that takes part in it.
But for today, let’s go over to the arcade again, as I spotted a gem of the Japanese arcade machines, which I enjoy watching a lot. A friend of mine is insanely good at it from my amateur point of view.
I’m talking about Sound Voltex, which most likely is not that well known outside of Japan. Who doesn’t remember enjoying Audio Surf in the old days of Steam and Osu? It basically is the same, a rhythm game, but it’s also on a whole other level of difficulty.
There is an actual PC version available for free that is called K-Shoot Mania and it requires a lot of skill, good reflexes, and coordination. And of course knowledge of the board, you play. The game is playable with a keyboard alone. Dedicated controllers are available on the net though, and it is a lot of fun playing these games if you enjoy the rhythm genre (or just want to watch people that are really good with it). If you are interested in such games, you should certainly check it out!
It uses three different inputs that are four smaller white buttons, two bigger yellow/orange buttons and two knobs you have to rotate, which makes up a lot of the complexity. I’m happy that I had the chance to see such a machine up close for once, as it makes for a ton of fun.
I guess that covers today for the big part, I’ll get back to you with a little bit of DEJA-VU tomorrow.
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Have a nice day!