I hope next year there are some changes to the layout and way things are ran so that the playing conditions are better for players. I know there are a lot of people who try to say “man up” blah blah, but the playing conditions were far from ideal this year.
First off, people were WAY too close to the players, and should not be so close to the field of vision of the players. I was playing one of my matches in SFIV and someone’s fucking backpack is literally 6 inches in front and to the right of my face. Now, why should I be forced to make a decision between pushing this idiot out of the fucking way mid-match, or just trying to “man up” so I can focus 100% on my screen?
Really, there should be nothing betwen the players and their screens, that is just common sense. But also, there shouldn’t be so many people directly NEXT to the screens, moving around as well. It’s not like the arcade where your face is so close to the screen, these people are taking up a large percentage of your vision. I was trying to play a match when a ref with their BRIGHT ASS YELLOW t-shirts on kept moving around DIRECTLY next to my monitor. Incredibly distracting during play.
Also, since there were two setups per table, the chairs next to each other were VERY close to each other. I was playing SFIV in the middle of a match when someone next to me on my left side lost so he huffed off in a storm…except he fucking CRASHED into my joystick arm while I was still fucking playing, and then I had to re-grip my fucking joystick. FUCKING INCREDIBLE to be expected to play like that. Big fuck you to whoever that was, btw.
Moving on: The systems. Playstation 3 is just not acceptable at all for evo. I had an SFIV match where my opponent scraped me the first game (Giovanni, Ken player from FLA). Then on the second game, he hit me once and then it said that I, player 1, hit the home button. I knew for a fact that I did not, but waited for RaybladeX (GREATEST REF/Tourney organizer EVER, btw) who said, “If it was any farther along I would DQ you, but just play it through”. So I put the lock on my TE stick, and unpaused the game, and immediately later it said the home button was pressed again.
Rayblade realized someone using a wireless pad was interfering with our system, so he rebooted the system to clear out all controllers, and we then played without anymore interference. I won the next two games. Now, as anyone who has ever entered a tournament knows, momentum is a HUGE advantage in a game. It is MUCH easier to win 2, lose 1, and win 1 more than it is to lose two, and then win 3 straight. I feel fully confident that I only won the next two games and beat my opponent because he lost the momentum and had such a long “cool down” period while the system was rebooting. I apologized to him after the match, it definitely was not fair to him, but there was nothing that could be done.
Also, the fucking game randomly freezes for a second when the players earn an achievement, but then since there is no profile loaded on the PS3, it displays “You did not get a trophy” covering player 2’s lifebar. What the hell is the point of researching lagless displays for SFIV if we’re going to randomly lag the game anyways with the achievement bullshit?
I have heard there was video problems with playing on the big screen but I didn’t play on the big screen so I’m not going to post anecdotes, anyone who had problems with the big screen feel free to chime in, but I assume it was some kind of hardware failure that couldn’t be avoided?
My suggestions are that next year there needs to be a taped line around the TV setups where you get warnings for crossing over, behind the players and also to the sides so that no one is moving around in the player’s line of vision with their TV. It’s so basic I can’t even understand why it needs to be said.