Alright, where to begin, hmm? All of you Evo go-ers know what I’m talking about.
I think I’ll start with the worst part of the whole ordeal.
If we will recall day 1 (Friday, the actual tournament start), when Evo asked for PS2 systems, my friend decided he’d lend his slim PS2 to the Evo staff to use for tournaments. It was cool at that moment because they gave both my friends and I free t-shirts worth $20 each (if you didn’t steal one from the boxes sitting out in the open). We were happy to help. On the night of day 2 however, we wanted the PS2 back so we could play on some BYOC t.v.'s. So I go to the staff area to get my friend’s PS2 back and ask (Mick was it? It wasn’t Wizard, but the other guy. He was wearing a green shirt) if it was possible to get the PS2 back at the moment. If it was being used, that was fine and they could still use it, but we just wanted to know where it was and if it was available so we could do some BYOC.
Get this, Mick(?) tells me he doesn’t know what I’m talking about and he absolutely cannot help me. The first words that came to my mind was “What a dick!” Anyways, I still tried to keep cool and replied saying that we gave it to them to use the day before and that they had it. He then just blows me off by telling me he can’t help me because he didn’t take posession of it.
Alright, now I’m pissed. I was told to find one of two people to find out about the PS2 and Mick(?) was one of them. Now I go and find Wizard. He was helpful that night. He went around looking for it, but alas, no luck. He told me that they’d have it the next day and it would not be in use so we could get it then. I said that was fine.
Day 3, a highly anticipated day for my friends and I because we were excited to see the Street Fighter movie, which was a lie because there was none. Anyways, we enter the Grand Events room and we go to the staff area and ask for the PS2. Here we go, ready?
The guy we talk to, goes and asks Wizard about it, comes back, and tells us they gave the PS2 back already! Immediately, a giant “WHAT THE FUCK!” Comes to my mind. We tell the guy that we never received it and they gave it to the wrong person.
I asked if they even check the name tags or, better yet, the driver’s license. No reply. There was more debating between the staff member and Wizard next, then they offered us one of their used PS2’s. They asked if we would accept a fat PS2 instead in case they didn’t have any slim’s which was one of the most ridiculous things I had ever heard.
We ended up getting a working slim PS2, though if the given away ps2 were mine, I’d demand $250 for a new one. I’m sure my friends are going to read this as well and tell me how they didn’t mind or something, but they are very forgiving. Honestly, this is not the way to treat your paying guests.
Now, for a list of more let downs:
No inclination that you were at the right place until you reached the bracket table sitting out front of the doors to the grand events room.
Noone had any idea of what to do once inside the room. Apparently we were suppose to know where and who to go to in order to turn in the video camera form and receive our name tags.
They WAITED for participants to show up to fight in their pools for as long as 45 minutes at the beginning. They EVENTUALLY got the right idea and made it so if you were not there within five minutes of your pool’s time to start, you were “D-d-d-d-dis-qualified!”
The whole PS2 given away by Evo staff themselves thing
Lack of organization
Rules were not enforced
Not prepared (needed to rely on other people’s PS2’s)
No Street Fighter Movie
Ubisoft did a better job of holding their Xbox Halo tournament. Too bad the guy running THAT wasn’t running Evo.
Evo had everything bad that happened to them coming to them. I saw loads of systems, wires, and games in an open corner, WAITING to be stolen. The way Evo staff was giving things away, I could’ve said everything was mine and walked out with it all.
It’s too bad that my first time attending a convention like this had to be such a shitty experience. I won’t think twice about not going to Evo ever again.
My Rating: :lame: :tdown: :sad: