Posted tagged ‘Tournament’

See pinball wizards prove their skills at the upcoming World Pinball Championship

May 5, 2010

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The pinball festivals and competitions just keep on coming and this month it’s International Flipper Pinball Association’s turn to host a world-class tournament. They do so every year, with last year’s event taking place in London, UK and this year the championship is headed to Cokato, Minnesota USA. I’ll let some of the press release do the talking about the event:

This will be the stage when the IFPA7 World Pinball Championship showcases the best of the best from around the world in what will be a true pinball marathon; a test of wills and endurance over two and a half days of battle against the whims of that little silver ball. Can Josh Henderson of Plainfield, IL at the age of 12 (and the youngest player) meet the challenge. Or will 55- year old, Bob Matthews of Thousand Oaks, CA (the oldest competitor in the field) withstand the pressure. Will the more than 8,400 miles of travel that Sunao Kono and Tatsunori Naruke of Japan have to endure, affect theĀ precision necessary to take the top prize. Will anyone stand in the way of possible history in the making with Bostonian Bowen Kerins attempting the unfathomable as three-peat World Champion?

With a prize package of over $14,000, including a brand new pinball machine from Stern Pinball, IFPA7 promises to be a transformative event in the ongoing remarkable history of pinball. From Japan to Germany, Denmark and the United Kingdom; from Sweden and The Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, Finland, Italy and Brazil to Canada and, of course, the United States–these elite players will descend upon the state of Minnesota to claim the title of “World Pinball Champion”.

Sounds to me like it can shape up to be a battle of epic proportions – perhaps not as legendary as the battle over the Donkey Kong high score but epic nonetheless. Hit the post break for the full press release. Here is a link to the IFPA website which also includes a participants and games list.

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Get ready to "Pinbrawl" Sunday in Portland, OR

April 16, 2010

The pinball events just keep on coming, this time in Oregon. We were sent this reminder that this Sunday, April 18th is when Ground Kontrol in Portland, OR is holding their second annual Pinbrawl tournament, where the winner will be taking home a Johnny Mnemonic Pinball machine by Williams. $20 admission if you are a competitor, free if you’re just a spectator. There are only eight slots left at the moment of writing, so it’s going to be a packed house, which should mean more fun. More details can be found in our previous post about the event or on Ground Kontrol’s website.

Get ready to “Pinbrawl” Sunday in Portland, OR

April 16, 2010

The pinball events just keep on coming, this time in Oregon. We were sent this reminder that this Sunday, April 18th is when Ground Kontrol in Portland, OR is holding their second annual Pinbrawl tournament, where the winner will be taking home a Johnny Mnemonic Pinball machine by Williams. $20 admission if you are a competitor, free if you’re just a spectator. There are only eight slots left at the moment of writing, so it’s going to be a packed house, which should mean more fun. More details can be found in our previous post about the event or on Ground Kontrol’s website.

Report from Street Fighter IV tournament @ Arcade UFO

February 27, 2010

At Arcade Heroes, we often say that there’s nothing like standing with another player and competing side by side, and arcade gaming is still the best way to do this. Technology has brought us the wonders of online gaming and voice chat, but the feeling of being able to shake your opponent’s hand at the end of a hard-fought match is something that you can’t replace. As a result, it’s great when we see other people pushing the merits of arcade competition – in this case, Jason Witmer of Accent Online. He attended last Saturday’s two-on-two Street Fighter IV tournament with a friend, and took the time to write up the experience for Accent.

The piece focuses primarily on the author’s experience of the tournament, but it covers the general themes of competitive gaming well. He mentions the anxiety prior to a match, the diversity of the competitors, the unique atmosphere of tournament play, and general sportsmanship and supportiveness of the community surrounding the game. While I’ve never competitively played Street Fighter, these are familiar to me as they are experiences which cut across all kinds of competition, be they sports, martial arts, table top games or arcade games. As a result, it’s an excellent read for anyone who is interested in competitive arcade play at any level.

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The 2009 Big Buck World Championships wrap-up (updated)

October 29, 2009

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I received a couple of e-mails recently asking about details on how the 2009 Big Buck World Championships went down a couple of weeks ago but I hadn’t heard anything about it until today. You might recall that there were two national tournaments that occurred at the same time – one for BBHPro(the night before the tournament it was revealed that this tournament would take place using the new Open Season update) and the other on Big Buck Safari. When all was said and done, two brothers walked away with the $10,000 prize, Nick Berg for BBHPro and Jerad Berg (who also won last year’s national tournament) on Safari. For more details on the event, see the press release after the post break(updated with a corrected press release).

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Videos from the first DDR US championship qualifier in Dallas

October 3, 2009

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The headline says it all. Despite the fact that Konami didn’t give this a lot of hype, it looks like turnout was pretty good at the first qualifier wjhich was held in Dallas.

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Incredible Technologies: Thousands of players competing this summer for $10,000 in Bowlapalooza

June 10, 2009

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Incredible Technologies has announced the beginning of their Bowlapalooza summer tournament on Silver Strike Bowling 2009 and if one thing is certain, it’s that there are plenty of people out there who will compete for cash and if they know about arcade games that do it, they will play. And play they did, IT has a total of 4,482 players who have qualified for the competition which runs throughout the summer and culminates in an “Encore” showdown in August and each month qualified players can win cash. The May opener has come and gone with one player, Ron Hammersley pocketing $1000. More details on the tournament can be found in the press release after the jump.

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