It was a fun tournament, nice playing everyone, hanging out with friends, meeting new people. Good times. That said, it was largely good times just because tournaments are always good times unless something super retarded goes on, not necessarily because it was at the place it was at. So yeah, I have a few gripes about the place.
One is that while there were many tvs there, which was great, for some reason there were more tvs than there were places to sit in front of the tvs, if that makes sense. Like, because the only chairs were those gimongous totally-not-intended-for-using-a-stick-on-your-lap (albeit otherwise quite reclinable and comfortable) chairs, there wasn’t enough room to actually seat two people in front of each tv.
Another is that the place was way too crowded, and not because there were too many people there. There were inexplicably three big tvs right in the middle of the place, and even more inexplicably a round table that didn’t have any purpose until most of the way through the day when Hokuto No Ken was set up on it. This, along with the huge reclinable chairs, made movement around the place way more difficult than it should have been. Also, I guess having music playing is cool, but having a full dj setup with the dude actually spinning seems pretty strange, and also pretty space-consuming. Just plug an iPod into the speakers or whatever.
For some reason DoA, the worst and/or least popular game there, was given two of the biggest, nicest tvs, and even for the finals of the other games we had to use the other small tvs. Every other game, even Smash and Marvel, had more people playing more often than DoA; I don’t think I ever saw more than four people hanging around the DoA setups. And one of the big tvs in the middle, the biggest one there it looked like, was being used solely for Smash Brothers, and it went unused most of the time because there were two other Smash Bros setups as well, and they weren’t placed so that just sitting in front of the tv would be annoying to the players and the people brushing by them. In fact, the only time I noticed the big Smash tv being in use was when some dude was messing around in practice mode.
Oh yeah, and what was up with the lack of five dollar bills? That was a little strange. And the whole entrance mechanism was retarded in general. If anyone there thinks they have a real email address or phone number for me, they are sadly mistaken. I’m not going to give out all my crap just to play in a Street Fighter tournament, and I don’t want to wait while other people get their crap typed into the database either. Might as well just erase whatever nonsense you guys have typed in under the UltraDavid line in there, x30 guys.
One nice thing was its easily accessible location, being right off the metro, but I feel that was only important for a handful of the people there (including me), considering the vast majority drove. Also, all of my gripes can be easily fixed, so there’s nothing inherently wrong with the place. Just rearrange the tvs, move the crap in the middle, change around the setups, bring out some regular ol’ folding chairs, and don’t try to jot down our life stories for entrance.