‘The Box’ was the area in front of the stage about the size of a large dinner table that was taped off so the stream could go for crowd shots whenever something hype happened. This sounds like a total pleasure to be a part of, but The Box is one of the harshest endurance tests in modern gaming. If you were in The Box from KOF to AE, you stayed there getting hella hype for over 11 hours with limited food, water, and bathroom usage. You could hardly get up from your spot for an extended amount of time since spots in The Box are so coveted that you would get replaced, even though you might have asked a neighbor to hold your seat for you. The Box was the definition of “Nuts to Butts” and staying in The Box all day is an accomplishment within itself.
So, who else survived The Box? For how long? Did you tap out? Was it worth it?
As for me, I was the guy who held up a bag of Combos during KOF and hugged on dudes when Justin beat Chris G. I stayed in the box all day, one bathroom break during Smash and ended up bring 60 bucks worth of snacks and drinks inside the box.
If I have any advice for future Boxers, it would be to SKIP the BAGS of chips and only go for Pringles. They take up less space in your bag, and you can reseal them.
Speaking of resealing, make sure that if you open a box or bag of candy, make sure you can reseal it or make sure you finish it in one go. I had a bag of chocolate and caramel clusters, ate a few and put it back in my bag. A lot of stuff got covered in chocolate. It was so bad haha. Make sure you bring some food that has some kind of nutritional value. Peanuts and Beef Jerky seem to be okay for something like this.
But most importantly, and I stress this: BRING LOTS OF WATER. I brought two quarts of water, and it only lasted me til Injustice. Bring more than a gallon worth of water to the box if you want to have something to drink all day. As for bathroom breaks go, make sure you ask at least 2 people to hold your seat for you, and go during a match that might not carry too much hype with it. Go to the bathroom and get back AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.
Finally, if you’re in The Box for any amount of time, be respectful to your fellow Boxers, and ALWAYS pick up your trash after the tournament. I did my part, and I ended up producing a surprising amount of wrappers and bags that I needed to throw away.
With all that said, will I be a repeat visitor of The Box during Evo 2014? If it’s there, absolutely.