The coasts: hyped up, talented, ready to kick some ass.
The Midwest: hyped up, talented, ready to kick some ass.
We’re not so different from the coasts. Aside from easy access to an ocean, what have they got that we don’t? What are we missing that keeps the Midwest from attaining the same level of recognition?
I thought about this for some time, and finally decided that in order for the Midwest to acquire more prestige we need a voice. We need an outlet for letting the world know about our talent. Something to rally us, make us want to improve, travel, and get that recognition. Thus PowerUp was born.
The main purpose of PowerUp is to provide a look at the Midwest player base and tournament scene. Expose the hidden talent and work to get our best players known to the entire country. Help build up our major events until they’re bursting at the seams with talented players.
At www.powerupfighters.com I’ve provided an exhaustive list of fighting game tournaments which are listed on numerous forums. All of this information is packaged up neatly for you to browse at your leisure, letting you find the nearest tournament quickly and easily.
The Midwest Roundup is currently in development. It will be an encyclopedia of players who live in the Midwest. Written biographies accompanied by a photo (optional), forum handles, and a bit about that person’s play style and involvement in the scene.
All this is just icing on the cake that is the PowerUp Podcast. The podcast is where the chance to really get to know the players both big and small in the Midwest really comes alive. Everything from in depth strategy to travel tales, the PowerUp Podcast plants the Midwest scene firmly in your brain.
I’ll freely admit that the first few episodes aren’t that great, so you don’t need to bother listening to them. Think of them as trial runs; practice for something bigger and better. I’ve refined the process as I’ve learned from my mistakes. Now I believe PowerUp is ready to be unleashed upon the Midwest.
My most well known guests so far have been Immortalbmw (aka Vega) of ST/HDR fame, and Ghaleon and Fugee, the excellent organizers behind Season’s Beatings in Columbus, Ohio. I’m always looking for even more great guests. Even if you’re not well known, give me a shout. The stories of an up-and-comer who’s serious about the competition can be just as entertaining and inspiring as the legends of players who are already regionally/nationally known.
I’m in this for the long haul, and I want the Midwest scene to grow more robust every year. PowerUp supports most every popular fighting game and its respective player base. Show your support and enthusiasm for the players and events in the Midwest!
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