This is something I have suggested before, and will suggest again, because I think it is something that is totally doable with proper planning and preparation. And it will do a great deal to make EVO a more enjoyable event for everyone.
Two problems that constantly kept coming up last year were 1) people being bored, and 2) people not being around in the main auditorium when their matches were called (possibly because they were bored and left).
Not only can we make EVO better, but we can solve both of these problems at the same time. What you do is have matches constantly being shown on the big screen, and have an MC announcing as each one comes up. Do this all weekend during the pools and the main brackets. If people hear that K.O is up for 3rd Strike, or Justin Wong or SooMighty is up for MvC2, people are going to want to watch that. People will stay in the hall and have something to do while they wait for their matches.
They key to making this work is not to just plug one MvC2 station or something into the projector and leave that running all day. Not only is that boring for people who don’t play Marvel, it’s boring for the Marvel players as well when they have no idea who’s playing. With a few hundred feet of S-video cable, output spliters, and a simple S-video input control switch, you could run this from the front and switch to each game whenever a marque matchup comes up. Only one station per game would need to be set up like this. And whenever like Daigo is up for CvS2, the person running CvS2 should put Daigo on the setup that is hooked up to the big screen and announce it.
If something like this could be worked out, I think it would greatly improve EVO. EVO is the premiere American tournament. It should be more than just a tournament, it should be a show featuring our best players. If you showcase and announce the best players everytime they are up, people will enjoy EVO better, especially when they show up at like 9 AM and find out they aren’t going to be playing until like 6 PM. This will also solve the problem of people running up and crowding the game stations whenever someone wants to watch Random Japanese player in Random Game.
The idea is simple:
Have at least one station from each game hooked up to the main projector.
Whenever a top player comes up, announce that match and showcase it on the big screen.
Give equal time to each game, don’t just show Marvel. Rotate between MvC2, CvS2, 3s, GGXX, Tekken, random bad game, etc.
People won’t be bored, they will have someting to do all day.
People will be in the main hall, so they will be around when their matches are called.
People won’t be crowding the game stations whenever they want to drool over Daigo playing some random guy.
MAKES EVO MUCH MORE FUN AND ENJOYABLE AND MEMORABLE.
A little extra time and money and planning to set it all up. But I think it would be well worth it.