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  • JeRonJeRon The Dictatorship Joined: Posts: 963Registered
    I wonder if A3 will be on the DVD!
    I mean besides the finals!
    I will win with skill! Quote dedicated to ChunLi Zhang, Strongest woman in the world!
  • popoblopopoblo Joined: Posts: 2,131Registered
    skisonic wrote:
    they should pause and rotate the camera to the crowd right then, and then quickly split screen it like some tarantino shit right at that moment. that would be crazy. (dont choke next time!)

    ALL I HAD TO DO WAS ACTIVATE, HE WAS MINE:sad:
  • Dr. DeeliteDr. Deelite Joined: Posts: 349Registered
    ;_; You popoblew it.
  • shadowcharlieshadowcharlie ★ஜ۩dip۞set۩ஜ★ Joined: Posts: 9,018Registered
    JeRon wrote:
    I wonder if A3 will be on the DVD!
    I mean besides the finals!
    yo we have obsurd amounts of casual and some tourney as well :party:
    bust my gun at the sun just to sit in the shade~
    ἐξίσταται γὰρ πάντ' ἀπ' ἀλλήλων δίχα
  • Demon JimDemon Jim I'm Cereal Joined: Posts: 4,154Registered, Moderators
    Any word on the DVD yet or a trailer, i know its only been like 3 weeks just wondering how they are coming along. And is there any possible release date.

    -DJ-
    Just like that.
    "...but when he gets there, at the end of the day, it's just corn flakes." - Christopher Walken
    Battle at the Border Tournament Director
  • JeRonJeRon The Dictatorship Joined: Posts: 963Registered
    yo we have obsurd amounts of casual and some tourney as well :party:

    Nice! I'll look foward to that part of the DVD!
    Hell Im looking foward to the DVD period!
    TS5's definetly one to remember!
    I will win with skill! Quote dedicated to ChunLi Zhang, Strongest woman in the world!
  • Ranma0005Ranma0005 Drunkin Style SF Master Joined: Posts: 1,162Registered, Moderators
    DEMON_JIM wrote:
    Any word on the DVD yet or a trailer, i know its only been like 3 weeks just wondering how they are coming along. And is there any possible release date.

    -DJ-

    Its actually only been 2 weeks, we said it would take a month to produce the DVD's, please be patient.
    "If I'm not here, I'm at Stargate. If I'm not at Stargate, I'm on my way to Stargate :D"
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  • Demon JimDemon Jim I'm Cereal Joined: Posts: 4,154Registered, Moderators
    I know you said about a month for the release, I was just asking if there was an actual release date planned for the DVD yet.

    Cause I got some bills to pay and was just wondering so I can put some money on the side for it, cause for now im broke in payments.

    EDIT: Read the shit on the SW threads. Good shit Ill be sure to pick one up. Time to save some money.

    -DJ-
    Just like that.
    "...but when he gets there, at the end of the day, it's just corn flakes." - Christopher Walken
    Battle at the Border Tournament Director
  • PreppyPreppy act like you're used to it Joined: Posts: 10,635Registered, Moderators, Premium
    Going through more footage (I'm slogging through tape 8 of ~18), I'd like to point out that Ranma's got some of the best Cable grenade placement I've seen in a long time. He doesn't do Randy Lew's "instant grenade" trick, but more of his grenades get in the way or hit than anybody else I've seen in a long while. :smile:

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  • popoblopopoblo Joined: Posts: 2,131Registered
    So I finally sat down to write up this tournament log. TX Showdown 5 was probably my best tournament experience ever, so Im glad Ill be able to share it with everyone. First off, Im HORRIBLE with names, and considering its been a few weeks, I wont remember names I definitely should, so sorry about that.

    Thursday

    I get on my flight sometime around 3 from Cincinnati and I fly into Bush Intercontinental. For some reason my ears wouldnt pop for awhile after I got off the plane, but shit happens. So I call Lay (SugarLand), and he says to just sit tight by baggage claim while they pick up the Japanese. Then I get a call to go outside, but I wonder how theyll know where I am. I stand by the corner for a few minutes with my trusty T5 stick in hand, and Vinh rolls up and asks, Are you popoblo? I spot Ashley Hernandez and somebody else (sorry!) in the car, and Lay is rolling around with the Japanese players, Kindevu, Otaku, and Bas. I say Konichiwa or however I think you say hello in Japanese, and from that point on they all thought I could speak it, so theyd randomly come up to me and say something, and Id give an awkward shrug. So we drive around, get lost for awhile, and finally go to the tournament hall at the Sheraton. I saw Arturo, Sanford, Triforce, Jeron, and all those guys there. We were all pretty hungry, so we go to LuLings BBQ by Stargate, which was amazing. Ive never had beef brisket before, and it was good stuff. Buktooth and some more guys were there, and we got some pictures of the Japanese in their cowboy hats before we went to Stargate.

    Im not a big fan of arcades just because Im not used to anything non-console, but Stargate was cool. Since it officially closed down, the cabinets were in a warehouse, so we come in and I play 2 games of MvC2 because nobody was playing it. I quickly get OWNED because Im horrible at that game, so I get in the long line for CvS2. Sanford was beasting with C-Ken, and he eventually got beat by someone. I played Bas when it was my turn, and it was a pretty close match, but I was missing all kinds of stuff because of the controls, but its all good. For some reason, people are IMMEDIATELY intimidated by the Japanese players. Pretty common stuff was getting oohs and ahhs, but whatever. However, one pretty tight thing Bas did was with A-Honda- As the opponent was waking up, hed do a meaty crouching short buffered into a 360 which obviously whiffs since theyre still in block stun, then he RCs the next one and grabs you. Cheap. We finally decide to leave an hour later because the Japanese were tired, so we headed back to Lays. That is one nice thing about console, you play a ton of games in a short period of time. I played 3 total games in 1 hour, and the rest was just standing around and waiting.

    Once we get back to Lays, we start playing some CvS2, which was all I wanted to do. First match was Me vs Otaku, and he played his business team, K-Kyo/Rock/Hibiki, and I played A-Blanka/Sakura/Bison. We split games, and Lay recorded one of me winning. I learned that Kindevu has a CRAZY good A-Rolento, and he wasnt even doing fancy customs, just solid knowledge of his normals and stuff. Nearly everything I stuck out got counter-hit into something. Then Lay left the room and I got to play the Japanese for like an hour. For some reason I play much better against top players, and my timing and execution was on point. I was getting all my reversal RC electricities on wakeup against Kindevu to beat his meaties and I wasnt missing any customs. One match vs Otaku, my A-Eagle took out Otakus first two characters, but that didnt get recorded. Kindevu was cheering at my Eagle link into custom, and they were both really impressed with my Eagle. The final score was 10-5 in favor of Team Japan, not bad for a Kentucky player with no competition.

    Then they went into training mode, and I saw some unbelievable stuff. Kindevu picks N-Kyo against C-Yuri, and get at point blank range- then he ROLL CANCELS the flame pillar super. The special thing is that it crosses up at point blank range! He would let the roll animate a little longer than usual for it to crossup. Then he put Yuri on auto-block, and the flame pillar super will still crossup, and itll hold her there and chip for a bunch of damage. Bas said that people actually do that stuff in tournaments. He would do the same thing with Kyos RC running grab, it would basically just run right through the character. The sickest part is that he was doing it consistently, like 95%. I could get it like 1 out of 20 times, lol. Then he does some crazy Maki CC stuff, a lot of it I saw on iKeiths Maki Vid. He would also super jump against the back wall, and somehow repeatedly cling onto the wall by doing the wall drop move really fast. I couldnt do it. Then Otaku gets the controller, and picks K-Rock against K-Sagat. He would pull an Ino and Just Defend the first 3 hits of the Tiger Raid, then reversal Raging Storm with Rock. Not too advanced. Then he did a crazy Rock reset in the corner- Rage run behind sagat, 360 grab, break it, then do a crouching strong to launch sagat high (maybe he ran up to get closer), then he ran forward into the corner, then small jumped BACK OVER sagat to kick him in the head. It was something along those lines. After they got tired of CvS2, they started playing CFE and GGXX, and Lay and I watched some CvS2 tournament footage that Bas brought. Good night.

    Friday

    We get up and take showers, and then Lay, Otaku, Kindevu, and I go sight seeing around to the mall and stuff like that while Bas chilled at the house. The Japanese particularly liked the goofy shit in Spencers. Once we got back, Lays mom made us this AMAZING lunch. There was lots and lots of rice, lobster, some tortilla type stuff, and other Chinese dishes. Then there was this fluffy cake which was really good. One of Lays friends had to drive over to help us drive to the Sheraton because my suitcase was so damn big. We finally get there, and I start playing some CvS2. Lots of matches go by, and I do some of my money matches. The general theme of my money matches were me losing the first game, then winning the second game considerably, then fucking something up and losing the third and my money. I actually beat Jeron, then lost in that pattern to Arturo, Justin Wong, Ashley, some Mexican K-groover, Buktooth (he just raped me 2 games), and so forth. It was awesome to lose money. The team tourney eventually started, and it was Me, then Lay, then Ashley as the anchor. We did all right, but our entire team got swept by AsianHitler, then we lost to some other team. I was thinking about staying around to watch the finals, but it was so late and I didnt want to be tired for pool play. Good night.

    Saturday

    I wake up to find Alex Walbert (Biggzy) just sprawled out on the hard floor without a pillow or blanket or anything. It looked super uncomfortable, but he didnt seem to mind. Buktooth crashed in our room too. I go down to the tourney hall, and get warmed up for pool play. I only really cared about CvS2, but I entered MvC2, 3S, and A3 anyway. I found out that black Omar from TX was in my pool (thats what everybody called him, not trying to sound racist), and I lost to him earlier in casual play. I also saw Campbell P. on the list, and I hoped it wasnt Buktooth. I ask Christian (skisonic), and he said the P must stand for Peoples Champ. Sure enough, it was Buktooth. I won my first few matches with A-Blanka/Sakura/Bison, and then I faced Omar. I was watching his previous match, and Ronald H played A-Iori and beat him really bad. So I tried that same character, and I barely even hit him. So much for that idea. He won the first game, then I battled back to win the next 2 and take the set. Very good matches. I found out Ronald H. beat Buktooth also, which was kind of surprising to me simply because Buk was on fire. He raped me, then I rebounded and beat everybody else in my pool. Ronald H. was like my last fight, and I took him out 2-0. So we had to have a 3 man round robin playoff between Buk, Ronald, and me. Buk beat him, then I beat him 2-1 I think, so we both advanced. Then I was back and forth between 3S and MvC2. I played my scrubby Chun Li, and I had Flash, Otaku, AsianHitler, and some other really good players in my pool. I mightve won about 2 or 3 games. In Marvel, I had X and other good players, so I got owned again. I won exactly one set. When I played X, he beat me the first game when I was playing Santhrax, so I switched to Team Clockw0rk because I tried to learn it awhile back, and Matrix says, Texas is all about gimmicks or something like that. I found it kinda funny because Im not even from TX and Strider/Doom isnt a gimmick. I actually did a lot better, but still lost. I hadnt played A3 in years, literally, so I had to ask somebody which VC to use with V-Sakura, lol. I beat someone first round, then played Ricky second round. I actually won the first match, and I think we were both taken aback by it, so I promptly lost the next 2 rounds, and then the next game to go to the losers. I faced Nibor in the losers, and he beat me really bad. He was talking to Floe while he was racking up 80+ hits of crouch canceling with V-Cody, which I thought was pretty funny.

    So the top 16 for CvS2 is about to begin, and I learn that I have Kindevu first round. I definitely wanted a Japanese player, preferably Otaku just because A counters K, but Kindevu was fine with me because I like my team order much better than his. Sure enough, it was my A-Blanka/Sakura/Bison against his A-Sakura/Bison/Blanka. He nodded to me and kind of acknowledged that itd be a good match because we had played before at Lays. In the Blanka vs Sakura match, I remember trying to RC ball him out of the sky when he would jump back for a divekick, but I was a little late, which resulted in me getting kicked in the grill a few times. The match was going pretty evenly I think, I remember hitting a Sakura CC, then it was my Bison vs his Blanka. My Bison was juiced, so I jump in with a roundhouse, which hits, and I do the gg combo of crouching jab, crouching jab, standing short, forward scissors, ACTIVATE, then paint for the win. That combo wouldve killed him because his Blanka was less than half life. Im used to tournament pressure now because Ive been to so many, but that was the first time playing in front of a crowd. As soon as people realized my combo was hitting, people ERUPTED and I flinched, which made me miss my activation in the corner. I remember hearing Arturo saying something like Yo, do you know what just happened here?! Popoblo had Kindevu beat. Kindevu beat me the first game, and I was too busy thinking about the first game, so I lose the second one also. No idea why I didnt pick Eagle second game, but I didnt. I then had to face Arturo in the losers, and for some reason I didnt request blind select. I picked my team, he picked C-Yamazaki/Sagat/Blanka. He beat me 2 games straight.

    I just walked away thinking about how I had arguably the best player in the world beat. I remember Jason Cole complimenting me and telling me that Ill get used to playing in front of a crowd eventually. After the top 16 was over, Otaku wanted to play me in CvS2, so we busted out our non-serious teams, and had some great games. CRAZY K-Nakoruru and Akuma, amongst others. The rest of the day was just a bunch of casual play and watching other matches. I then I remember going into the hotel bar and an engineer named Mike Stapleton welcomed me to Texas and gave me some of his food while I was waiting for mine. It was completely random, but he was a nice guy. Later in the night, I was standing around watching CFE, and Bmorechun asks me if I want to go back to his room and play some CvS2. We played a few games, and it hit me- You can make fighting games in general as simple or as complicated as you want. I was RCing all kinds of shit, hitting advanced customs, all kinds of setups and everything else, and Bmore was just walking back and forth with Cammy, pressing RH and cannon spiking jump ins. Simple, yet extremely effective. Not ripping on his style at all, its just another approach to the game. I played best of 5 set against one of his friends, and the bet was that he wouldnt get to my last character 3 out of the 5 games. Bmore and I won a soft drink out of the deal, lol. I was getting tired and the CvS2 finals were first, so I went to bed.

    Sunday

    CvS2 was first, and the finals were pretty tight. Before they started, I got to do my Genei-Jin exhibition in 3S to test out all the A/V stuff. My crazy x-copied Mester stuff from Evo2k2 was too hot for the crowd I think, lol. Kindevu kicked me off and kara-palmed for shits and giggles. It was funny how the players got female escorts on the way up the aisle. I felt bad for Otaku, because when the game paused, he was losing and didnt really know what was going on. For some odd reason, Triforce was SCREAMING to keep the current game, and they did. Right when the game was unpaused, Otaku runs up and does an overhead into super with Hibiki to even things up. Bas was doing all the 1 frame links with Sakura after her hurricane kicks against Arturo. Combofiend was extremely solid, as was Buktooth. The finals were kind of whatever, Im not surprised Kindevu won.

    I forget the order of things, but 3S was decent. I love how the crowd went nuts when Hsien picked Akuma, but then lost. Justin is just too solid in that game. MvC2 was really surprising, I didnt think Jumpee would beat X, so that was cool to watch. Props to Joe Reyna also. Justin owns that game, people have no chance against him. He beats Sanford 4-0, then says something like, Yea thats right, Im still the best.

    SBO 3S quals made me sick because Pyrolee was being such a bitch. Maybe Pyrolee saw it done in Japan or something, but he likes to wait the entire 15 seconds to pick his super art, so Fubarduck says I think you want to pick Genei-Jin, lol. Then after he beats Justin and Flash, as theyre walking away, he says, Its too easy, this isnt even a challenge. Good sportsmanship, I dont even think he shook anybodys hand. You successfully lose at life.

    HANDS DOWN, my biggest complaint about TX showdown is lack of some sort of casual play area on Sunday. They were packing up all the TVs, so I was forced to watch GGXX#r, which Ive never played and have no idea whats going on. Otaku wanted to play some more CvS2, but I didnt know what to tell him. There were so many good players there, it just sucked that we didnt have some area to have casual play. Thats what was so nice about Evo- During the 3D finals, Id play in the BYOC room against everybody.

    After Kindevu and Justin were done taking everybodys money, we went to some restaurant with all the guys. I heard how Alex Navarro said the best thing he ordered there was a Coke, and he was about right. My French toast was okay, until some random mosquito landed in the middle of it. That put an end to my appetite. After everybody was done, Matrix successfully piggy-backed Floe, no idea why that happened. We all went to Coles room and played some games, and Otaku was in another room BEASTING on people. He would just casually take a drag on his cigarette between rounds, and it was hilarious how hed throw his shoulders into DPs and stuff like that. The line was too long, so I didnt get to play him again. All the rooms reeked of pot, alcohol, and whatever else. I had a relatively early flight, so I didnt drink anything. I just remember lots of boot munching between Keith and Buk, Skisonic spitting some broken ass Japanese to Otaku, who politely nodded and wondered what he was saying, and a bunch of other funny shit. I stayed with Fubarduck that night because Lay drove home, which was very nice of Ryan to take me in.

    Monday

    My flight actually left 40 minutes earlier than I thought, but luckily I woke up with enough time to not miss it. They offered a $300 flight voucher for me to take a later flight, so I took that, chilled in the airport for about 6 hours until the later flight, and basically paid for my plane ticket to Evo, which was huge.

    HUGE THANKS to Lay, who housed me, drove me around, fed me, and showed a great deal of hospitality during the weekend. I could try and do shout outs, but Id forget more people than Id remember.

    PLEASE feel free to offer opinions on this log and how it could be better, and whoever met me at TX showdown, shout out so Ill remember everybodys name.

    PEACE
  • JaviJavi Administrator Joined: Posts: 454Registered, Administrative, Moderators
    popoblo wrote:
    Thursday

    We were all pretty hungry, so we go to LuLings BBQ by Stargate, which was amazing. Ive never had beef brisket before, and it was good stuff. Buktooth and some more guys were there, and we got some pictures of the Japanese in their cowboy hats before we went to Stargate.

    LuLing's BBQ sucked ass. Their brisket was "bleh" at best. And $12 for a fucking plate? Screw all that. I wish I knew about that place beforehand. If you ever come back, I'll take you to some places where they have much better brisket.
    DEMON_JIM wrote:
    I know you said about a month for the release, I was just asking if there was an actual release date planned for the DVD yet.

    Cause I got some bills to pay and was just wondering so I can put some money on the side for it, cause for now im broke in payments.

    If you have bills to pay, then you should go ahead and do that first.
    Javier Moreno
    Shoryuken.com Staff
    Forums Administrator
  • Unknown Joined:
    Javi wrote:
    LuLing's BBQ sucked ass. Their brisket was "bleh" at best. And $12 for a fucking plate? Screw all that. I wish I knew about that place beforehand. If you ever come back, I'll take you to some places where they have much better brisket.
    Co-sign on that.
  • popoblopopoblo Joined: Posts: 2,131Registered
    javi- i only got 1 side and a water, so mine was like $7. and i think anything would've been good at that point considering how hungry i was. i love how ranma said, "i am still in texas right?" in reference to the high prices, lol.
  • Unknown Joined:
    Wow Pop; I had no idea u were that close to beating Kindevu. My god, that would have been the shocker of the world. I hope u got props on your play. But now u see the pressure of tourney play. Its somethin else ain't it. I've been there bro, many battles in MvC2, and Tekken. Your on top of the world winning against one of the greatest, and no one knows who u r. U feel its only u and your opponent, and everything else is like backround noise. U see the game different, instincts take over. U were in the zone bro. But 1 flinch, 1 wrong move, 1 mistake, and just like that its gone. And u don't know when you'll ever get that chance, that moment, that time to do something like that again. Its a fuckin trip man, I know.

    Damn I can't wait till Final Round now. That just hyped me up.
  • Unknown Joined:
    Hit me up taz
  • Blackheart2097Blackheart2097 snapback that shit Joined: Posts: 164Registered
    matches anyone?

    who was ricky using in T5?

    what was the finals between justin and sanford?
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  • epsilon_epsilon_ helpful Joined: Posts: 3,582Registered
    ricky used nina, the matches will be on the dvd, and idk the mvc2 finals score.
    i don't care what the critics say, violence is a beauuutiful thing!
  • ssj2jeffssj2jeff Joined: Posts: 701Registered
    i hear ricky used nina in T5, and justin beat sanford 2-0, then 3-0.
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  • Ranma0005Ranma0005 Drunkin Style SF Master Joined: Posts: 1,162Registered, Moderators
    Texas Showdown History

    I'm bored so I'm gonna go ahead and write my log of this event. To make this special and stupid long, I'm gonna detail some background into the Texas Showdown history. I've had lots of questions about so much random stuff about Showdown, the past, etc, and been asked countless times for a "brief" history about our tournament, that I decided to go ahead and make a "non-brief" history of it. This should answer most questions about Showdown you have. So sit tight, grab a drink, some snacks, and relax. Those with ADD and/or tend to fall asleep reading more than 2 pages in your textbooks should probably quit while you're ahead and buy the cliff notes off Amazon.com (*note. This will probably be more interesting to those who know me and the Texas Street Fighter scene, then again it might not even if you do, screw it read it anyway.)

    Where to start.... ah yes, lets go back to after B4....

    August 2000

    In Houston the fall semester was starting. The previous year I had met up with Harvey "lled78" Chang, and Dan "ShadowJin" Le. We were all playing MvC1 at the time, I was already falling out of interest of that game, Harvey was beasting, and Dan sucked with his low tier Venom/Jin. Yes I played Megaman back then too :arazz:

    We didn't get MvC2 at the University of Houston until May of 2000, so we were waaaaaaaaay behind. We were driving all the way to Wizzard arcade, Greenspoint, and the Galleria in between classes just to wait in line and play a game. Needless to say we all sucked with our stupid teams. Harvey waiting for Chun-Li to be released, Dan doing dumb combos he found off the net, and me with Spidey/Cable/Guile.

    After summer break, Harvey had come back from interning in Cali, near Sunnyvale, and Dan had apparently never stopped surfing the net the entire summer. Needless to say they had gotten way better than me. Harvey starts telling me about the big B4 tournament they just had in Cali, and the USA vs Japan thing coming up. Dan then tells us about Shoryuken.com, which is where he found out about all that stuff already.

    After getting onto the site, we discover that there are quite a few street fighter buffs in town that don't play at any arcade, and if they do, its at Wizzard arcade. That place was a real crap hole in the wall of an arcade, but comp there was real good. We met Juan(3rd place in 2nd Impact at ECC4) and Jumpsuit Jesse. We chilled with them and also met Mike "KrAzYsTeP" Ochoa, Gabe "Animal Porn" Godines over at Jesse's place. Mike was talking a little about tournaments like the Midwest Championships and East Coast Championships and the Vegas Invitational where a lot of Texas old schoolers went and placed. They also went off talking about Bukkake, Cool Devices and glazed donuts.

    Later on we arranged a time and place to meet up with other Street Fighter peeps in town. After meeting up with Javi, Big Ross, John "Genius" Bunn, Carlos "Stiggz" Jimenez, and Earl "Galford" Catnott we felt that the scene down here was picking up. In October 2000, we numbskulls had the brilliant idea of throwing our own tournament down here in Texas! After an awesome e-battle with some weird Dallas tournament(Some kinda 3 week contest thing) we decided to go ahead and throw our first tournament.

    November 2000

    I believe it was on Saturday, November 18th of 2000. At the University of Houston Games Room, we held a Marvel vs Capcom 2 tournament. Javi ran most of the brackets, while I tried to maintain the machines and cash. This was my first time running a tournament, and I had no idea what was going on. There were only 37 people in the tournament, which prompted me to realize first hand that people online who say they're gonna show really mean there's a 25% chance they'll actually show. Also a funny note is ever since that tournament, me and Javi always have disagreeing estimates on attendance. Me always expecting more, Javi expecting less, you damn pessimistic ass!

    Mike Ochoa got 3rd by showing us some crazy retarded Strider/Doom trapping and super dashing all while being piss drunk and hung over. Animal Porn locking down Fernie "Sun City King" Ornelas with Spiral/Sabertooth inciting a famous quote in Texas, "WTF?! I can't move!" Earl placing 4th and Genius placing 5th with Rogue/Charlie'Jin and Jill/Cammy/Psylocke respectively, causing one of the first e-wars over Texas letting scrub teams place. Dan held it down for Houston, getting 2nd. But Skye "Skyet" Thompsen proved too strong with the old school Ironman/Doom/Blackheart.

    March 2001

    Fast forward a bit, USA got beat by Japan in every game but MvC2. The big debate now was who's the best in MvC2. Ricky Ortiz or Duc Do. Arturo Sanchez was the reigning MWC champ, and Floe was an up and comer from Chicago. All 4 were announced to show up for our first Texas Showdown. Hsien Chang also came which prompted us to hold a 3rd Strike tournament as well. With some small coverage in local papers and in Tips n Tricks Magazine, we had about 90 people total attend Showdown 1. Hsien pulled a double by winning 3rd Strike easily with Yun tricks he learned in Japan, and CvS1 was a crazy Evil Ryu. Texas ended up taking top 4 in CvS1, with huge upsets of Ricky and Arturo tying for 5th. Duc and Ricky also pulled off their infamous "tie" in the MvC2 finals. We taped the event highlights of the major tournaments on VHS.

    Tragically inbetween Showdown 1 and Showdown 2, right after B5, Earl Catnott died in a car wreck. We lost a great competitor and a good friend. RIP.

    March 2002

    The "Bang the Machine" documentary about the road to the US vs Japan event was starting to make some noise, and ended up being added to the Austin Film Festival. To mark that occassion. Showdown 2 was held in Austin, the only time it was not held in Houston. Around that time Chris "Cmutt" Wong had just opened Stargate arcade. His machines were used for Showdown, and has been a staple member of the Showdown staff ever since. The Cannon bros, John Choi, Mr. Wizard, Tragic, Seth Killian, Omni and Ghetto D all came down for the event. It ended up feeling more like an Evo event than a Showdown event, my role was extremely limited, basically just helping with MvC2 seeding. The event was larger than Showdown 1, a then record 72 for CvS2 was our largest turnout ever for a single game until this year. Choi took CvS2, Brian "Ryuwinz" Tyson got 2nd, Tragic 3rd, and David "AsianHitler" Hem 4th. David won MvC2, Choi won ST and Alpha 3, Hsien won 3rd Strike.

    March 2003

    Held at Cmutt's famous Stargate arcade, we packed that place to capacity. We had about 175 people attend that event. It was the first time Justin Wong and Desmond "Xecutioner" Pinkney had been to town. Their finals produced one of our most known moments, Justin's amazing Cable comeback on X's whole team.

    Mark "Mopreme" Rogoyski took 3rd Strike and Brian Tyson took CvS2. It was mad hot in there, and packed as hell. But we had more people there from more places in the US than ever before, New York, Cali, Colorado, Arizona, etc showed up making this one of our most diverse tournaments ever.

    March 2004

    Held once again at Stargate arcade, we busted the walls at this one. We had about 215 people at this event. Justin won just about everything and took home a cool grand or so. Potter, Combofiend, and Jason Cole along with Eddie Lee and Nibor made this event a memorable EC vs WC battle in Texas. Texas fell off a bit for this tournament, perhaps resting on our laurels from the previous majors.

    Kensou over Ruin in the GGXX finals was the match of the tournament. This was also the first time we had a DVD produced of our event, the first time we officially recorded for an event since Showdown 1.

    August 2004

    Planning for Showdown 5 began. Evo2k4 had just ended and I was starting to brainstorm for Showdown 5. Kevin "Shin Kensou" Turner and Freddy "Psikyo" Cano were in charge of art design for posters and tags. SFMC won the T-shirt design contest. Game lineups were being set(all depending on when Tekken 5 came out) In the next coming months we received interest from other parties for joining up.

    For those in the Anime Convention scene, this past month there was one in Houston called Kamikazecon. We were originally planning on joining with them, but dates didn't pan out well for us. That would have been insane had it worked out. Street Fighter tournament, then go see Kumi Koda in concert!

    We also received interest from a group called Major League Gaming. I had never heard of them before being contacted, and Javi was extremely skeptical. In hindsight, I've always been extremely optimistic, and saw the potential right away. But we had already planned to have our event at UofH. With Stargate closing down(eventually moving to its new warehouse location ^_^ ) we had to choose a new venue. It was a necessary move anyway because Showdown was getting too big for Stargate as it was.

    Fast Forward to January 2005

    Deals with UofH went straight to hell. Kamikazecon was still not an option, so we went to negotiating with MLG. We worked out a great location, and immediately went into hyperdrive to get the rest of the stuff ready for the tournament. Around this time I started being recruited by MLG to help them run tournaments.

    March 2005

    MLG Houston and Texas Showdown 5 got underway on Thursday March 10th of 2005. Basically we moved all the crap in. MLG brought in 70+ TV's for the event, a crapload of Xbox's for Halo 2, Gamecubes for Smash Bros, and even some PS2's for us. MLG is a group with lots going for it. After moving all the crap in, special thanks to Ochoa, Turtler, John Sanchez, Harvey, and Gonzo. We took a buncha the out of state peeps NY crew(Arturo, Triforce, JeRon, Wyldflower), Popoblo, Kindevu, BAS, and Otaku to a BBQ place. Yes, it wasn't the greatest of places, but it was workable. Nice seeing some old faces pop out of the woodworks, Shaff, Big'uns, Brian Tyson, et all.

    Afterwards, we all went to Stargate's new location and peeps played til late. I had to go home early and get ready for hell the next day.

    Friday

    Yup, woke up late. And apparently everybody else did too. Apologies to everybody who actually came on time, and especially to Adam and the rest of the MLG staff for my staff being tardy. So everything gets pushed back, which is no big deal. The major tournaments are Tekken 5 and the old SF events. The SNK events were a disappointment for the 3rd year in a row. I know the day and time were not the best, but I made that announcement well over a month in advance. People who want the tournament should be able to make plans, especially if you live 2 hrs away. People from Cali DROVE here for SNK.(Major props to K-force) Tekken 5 ran way too late, sorry about the lag problems I heard about. Somebody needs to hit me up with some knowledge about that for the rest of the MLG Tekken 5 tournaments. Special thanks to Gabe and Big Nasty for helping us out big time with the posters and tags.

    KOF2k2 took like 5 hours! There were 9 people in the tournament! How in the hell did that happen?! 3rd Strike SW Quals were fun to watch. Harvey and Khang Le almost held it down for Houston, but Fubarduck and who? Mike Jones! won it. Apologies once again to the old foggies playing ST, it ran hella later than I wanted it too. That burrito eating contest was nuts. Big Nasty tearing his burrito into shreads, and got narrowly beat out by Big Beef! Jesse taking AE, and too much crazy team tournaments! It didn't end til like 6am.

    Saturday (10am..... yes, 10am)

    I wake up and rush downstairs to help setup for the pool play. People are waiting, I'm the only one there.... awesome.... Javi wasn't able to help much until Sunday because of his upcoming wedding. Everybody else on my staff was up til 6am watching the stupid CvS2 Team tourney. I think its just me and Gonzo sittin at the registration table until my girl shows up to help. People start trickling in, then realize, we're delayed as usual. Thats one pet peeve I have. I like to be on time or as close to it as possible. Next year, we're striving for more organization and hopefully a tighter schedule.

    Ok, so now pools are all pushed back by like 3 hrs. Now I gotta find my judges that said they would help me run the pools. Major props to Vinny, Tuan, Martin, Daniel, Joe, Dr Deelite, Dirty Sanchez, Turtler, Alex, Khang, Fubar, Kensou, Genius and everybody else who helped with judging the pools. While the pools went fine, one gripe I did have was not enough machines. Not enough people volunteered or changed their minds about volunteering their machines for Showdown. Thus, 3rd Strike only had about 5-8 machines, and Guilty Gear had 8-9. Had I gotten the full 16 that I wanted, it would have gone faster.

    I don't regret 2/3 pools, even CvS2 wasn't that slow. I just needed more machines. The final 16 reduction to 8 happened later than expected also, I could have scheduled that better as well. Even with the extra day, everything felt rushed. Hopefully we can correct that next year as well. I remember somewhere in there I played my MvC2 pool, I don't really recall what I did, I know I didn't do good, guess I'll just have to wait for Preppy's footage, lol! Saturday ended around 6am for me again.

    Sunday (10:30am....)

    Sleep is for the weak! Around 10:30 am I'm on my way to the room... I'm already pissed that I'm late. I see Justin and Arturo, but nobody from the staff is here. So much for going to bed now and setup in the morning. In hindsight, we should have said fuck it, setup now and get it out of the way. Instead we setup around 11am. We were supposed to start around 10am. Nice.

    We finish setting up around 2pm and immediately start CvS2. Everybody goes nuts, we got escorts for the finalists, thanks to all the girls who helped. At this point I was losing my voice, and my feet were killing me. Running around to find people and screaming their names all weekend finally caught up to me.

    Most of the time I'm trying to relax, hand out prizes. Javi pretty much handled most of the finals, Lay did his thing with recording, and Cmutt handled the cabinets. Props to all the TX reps in the finals! Jummpeee and his random Rogue and Team supers, Joe's super runaway and miracle Commando, Martin's Xcopied Eddie, Tuan's psycho Millia, Jake's Sol, Alex's pad made Slayer, Fubar, Yoon, and Hsien going Old school.

    Couple big moments from Sunday:

    Buktooth vs Otaku scandal:

    My thoughts, after the match, me, Buktooth, Michelle(Translator) and Kindevu all went out there to talk to Otaku. He was visibly upset. I tried to tell him that the match shouldn't have counted and that a rematch was in order, but he wasn't having any of it. Japanese pride is amazing. I still feel really bad about that situation.

    SBO Finals:

    Justin was going nuts, hadn't seen that side of him before, must have been building up for a while. I think he let his emotions get the better of him though, he played a little loose against Pyro. Pyro proved to be the better player that day. Ryan Harvey put up a good fight. Trash talking is part of the game, so I really have no opinion either way.

    Justin vs Sanford:

    Sanford is a very good player. But Justin is god.

    That night we all went to a horrible place called Kettle. It was god awful food. The Japanese seemed to like it. I'm gonna upload some random pics I got from after the tournament later. Watching Matrix lifting Floe made me laugh so hard I thought I was gonna die.

    Tuesday

    That night we all take the Japanese players out to eat at Joe's Crab Shack. We bought them some going away gifts to help make the trip to Texas memorable. We got Otaku a pimp ass Playboy Zippo, Mike Ochoa was showing him zippo tricks and that foo started Xcopying them and improvising them as he was being shown, Japanese are nuts! We got BAS a bottle of Vodka shaped like a rifle. Kindevu got 2 gifts, a piggy bank... of 2 pigs screwing, and a stuffed chihuahua that sings. The song is beyond hilarious. Read Michelle's log(posted under Lay's name Sugar Land) to see more about it.

    After we all got plastered, it was time for coin flips for money! Otaku was the big winner, Ochoa lost too much, and Michelle trying to translate that dog's song was the greatest thing I've ever seen. We all take pics, sign shirts, etc, say sayonara and see ya next year.

    Wednesday

    Yeah, next year came real fast. I get a call from Lay that the Japanese are still in town. Their flight was delayed til the next day. Yay, more partying!

    After grabbing booze, and some PS2's and Lay's Video camera, its time for drunken street fighter madness with the Japanese guests!

    I don't remember much, I know that none of them play ST, BAS raped me with R1 S Sagat, I hate you BAS! :arazz: Then BAS and Kindevu destroyed my Waffle. That waffle was like gone in 10 seconds. BAS was munching on it, then Kindevu wakes up outta nowhere and inhales the rest, then goes back to sleep. I think I passed out somewhere around 4am. Their flight was at 8 I think. Around 7 we all wake up and leave, BAS and Lay elbow dropping a sleeping Kindevu. Otaku up all nite learning Tekken 5 from Crow and Ochoa. We say final final goodbyes and wish them a safe trip home.

    I got very little sleep that whole weekend, so much that I got sick. Alcohol only numbs the sickness, it doesn't take it away. Anyhow, I had fun, even though it was tiring as hell. I really hope everybody who went had fun, and for those who didn't, I hope you'll be interested in coming next year.
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    Texas Showdown Tournament Organizer and Director
  • marnmarn ZEROOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO Joined: Posts: 1,925Registered, Premium
    x..co..pie..d.. eddie.. huh..? what's that.. :(
  • Demon JimDemon Jim I'm Cereal Joined: Posts: 4,154Registered, Moderators
    Good read, Ill be sure to be there next year. :tup:

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  • skisonicskisonic Joined: Posts: 1,131Registered, Moderators
    great log.
    dont worry about running late...all the players are always late anyway, if you'd actually started on time dudes wouldve just been dq'ed and stuff.
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  • PreppyPreppy act like you're used to it Joined: Posts: 10,635Registered, Moderators, Premium
    Y'all should put a DVD pre-order link up. :smile:

    Finally had the chance to finish encoding everything - I had about 3.6GB of footage in the end, 3.3GB (12 hours) if you exclude the final 16 and team tournament Grand Finals.

    http://zachd.com/mvc2

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  • COMMYCOMMY Joined: Posts: 501Registered
    Preppy wrote:
    Y'all should put a DVD pre-order link up. :smile:

    Finally had the chance to finish encoding everything - I had about 3.6GB of footage in the end, 3.3GB (12 hours) if you exclude the final 16 and team tournament Grand Finals.

    Man, that's crazy... :wow:
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  • PreppyPreppy act like you're used to it Joined: Posts: 10,635Registered, Moderators, Premium
    From the only other person who's seen the file listing so far:
    ====
    Holy Shit!!!! you got my Handicap Money Match with JWong....cool.. Man you got a lot of matches i would love to see.
    this match was Crazy.
    you shouldn't of showed me this
    i wish i had them all :-P
    A lot of good player a lot wait.... a shit load of matches..lol
    can't wait to see most of them if they get hosted.
    ===
    That's all I'm saying so far - Lay and I still need to talk here. :smile:

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  • DC1902DC1902 Joined: Posts: 260Registered
    they have downloads of txshowdown matches at goforbroke.com but it said I couldn't view it because I don't have an audio codec and I couldn't find it, please help thanks
  • Unknown Joined:
    Is the texas showdown 5 dvd out yet?
  • Ranma0005Ranma0005 Drunkin Style SF Master Joined: Posts: 1,162Registered, Moderators
    Check the April Showdown DVD Tournament thread
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  • JappoJappo The Sexy Madness Joined: Posts: 414Registered
    Ranma0005 wrote:


    Couple big moments from Sunday:

    Buktooth vs Otaku scandal:

    My thoughts, after the match, me, Buktooth, Michelle(Translator) and Kindevu all went out there to talk to Otaku. He was visibly upset. I tried to tell him that the match shouldn't have counted and that a rematch was in order, but he wasn't having any of it. Japanese pride is amazing. I still feel really bad about that situation.

    SBO Finals:

    Justin was going nuts, hadn't seen that side of him before, must have been building up for a while. I think he let his emotions get the better of him though, he played a little loose against Pyro. Pyro proved to be the better player that day. Ryan Harvey put up a good fight. Trash talking is part of the game, so I really have no opinion either way.

    Can anybody tell me what happened in these 2 incidents? If they are mentioned in this thread, can someone point me in the right direction?
    "I laughed out load on that one."-Shade


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