Well, sort of. I’m lazy and I always lose interest in keeping threads going eventually, plus I’ve already been here for almost a week so this is gonna be more of a log of random thoughts and observations… not even in chronological order.
The scene at More:
Too crazy for words. Especially now that SBO is coming up, the arcade is just totally packed with random foos playing CvS2. People from out of town are coming in to Tokyo early to get their practice on, and the majority are getting tossed around by the Tokyo elite.
The crazy thing is, there is no single dominant player. There’s like 10-12 dudes all roughly equal with each other, all vying for the top spot. The only people that actually get streaks at More are Dan (C-Ryu/Ken/Sagat) and Iyo (C-Dhalsim/Maki/Rolento). Bas and the newest dominator Captain Sawada (A-Sakura/Bison/Blanka) would probably get streaks also, but they’re always playing each other and getting their streaks killed.
If you’re into CvS2 (all three of you guys), More is like some kinda magical nirvana. Hold up, take that back. Aside from all the shaggy hair, dudes wearing the same clothes every day, cigarrette smoke so thick you can draw pictures in it, and mad shoulderfucking going on because the place is so full of dudes, More is a dope place. On three head to head cabinets, you’ll often see a combination of Bas/Sawada/Ohnuki/Makoto/Iyo/Otaku or whatever all playing each other, and you don’t know which match you want to watch. And after one of those 6 dudes loses, another buff ass player will step up and start playing. The casual play at More is actually more fun to watch than most any tournament, since all the filler of random scrubs is removed (for the most part) and you have mostly dope ass players you’ve already heard about and WANT to watch playing.
Even though More is mostly specialized in CvS2, the scenes for pretty much every popular 2D game (and even some unpopular ones) is really strong. For some reason, GGXX #r is the female gamer’s game of choice. Lots of random hoes (most of which are very ehh looking… but they dress nice!) are playing that game, and yes, they all use female characters. Usually in a pink color if available. Some girl who was actually semi hot except for a crazy grill had like a 15 win streak with Dizzy. I’m totally far behind in GGXX, but the stuff she was doing looked pretty tight: knockdown in the corner, send out the blue jaws thingie, a spike, a bubble all hella fast, then do some crazy low airdash towards the opponent and so some weird ass mix up that I can’t even tell what it is. It was working, whatever it was. I played one game of ggxx and it literally lasted like 15 seconds. People were laughing at me. =( I hate Eddie.
Since SBO is coming soon, the Vampire Savior scene is pretty strong too (cue B-IzM creaming his pants here). I played Ino, got rocked, then played Chikyuu (whom I’ve never even seen at More before) and was actually doing really well. I was about to beat him with a full bar of life left, then he somehow hit me with the EX air fireball and turned me into a bat. From there he just chopped me death. Don’t ask, I have no idea. I played him again and he almost perfected me. Anakaris is seriously impossible to block.
Super Turbo and Hyper Street Fighter are there also, with a modest amount of players playing both. The release of Hyper Street Fighter seems to have sparked a very mild surge of interest in ST around Japan, as the game does seem to get a decent amount of play in some arcades. I played once against CE Bison, was about to win, then I made the mistake of blocking a psycho crusher. It crosses me up halfway through and I get knocked down. He then does an early psycho crusher to cross me up again and knock me down, then a NOT cross up psycho crusher just to piss me off and kill me. Asshole.
KOF2002/2003 have pretty strong followings at More also. Say what you want about 2003 being a Duo Lon-fest (which it is), but at least the stuff he does looks interesting and fun. I saw like 50 different set ups after a connected rekka series and like 20 weird ways to set up the grab. Random snapout moves seemed to rule the day though.
Samurai Spirits Zero Special I didn’t get to watch much. Kusarefhjklsdhfjka (the big ass monster looking thing) seems to be a really popular character though.
Oh, and if Street Fighter doesn’t get you the hoes, shooting games will. There was this one dude playing some random shooter and was on some superplay shit. Then some random HOT ASS girl walks up and starts watching with this =* look on her face. She stands there and watches him for a long ass time, then when he finally dies she takes off. He prolly coulda hit it if he had beat the game. Loser.