Monday, February 13, 2012

CCB Report: Inaugural Capital Fight District Tournament - Feb. 11th, 2012

When I heard about Capital Fight District, I was basically jumping for joy. After all, a stand-alone fighting game tournament in Sacramento - or even the Central Valley region - is rare outside of SacAnime and SacCon. There have been some attempts to start a tournament in the region, and Capital Fight District is the latest attempt to start something that we usually see in the Bay Area and in Southern California.

The venue where Capital Fight District is held is very nice and spacious, perfect for when this tournament expands. It's in a shaky part of Sacramento though, up in the Del Paso Heights region, although there has been an attempt to revitalize the area and it much safer than it used to be than let's say thirty years ago. At least the good part that it's next to eateries like Taco Bell, Popeyes Chicken, McDonalds, and Carl's Jr.

There were a good 20+ entries for both Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition 2012 and Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 as well as entries for Soul Calibur V and King of Fighters XIII (although the KoF 13 tournament never took off at least for this set of tournaments). There were people that I knew from the convention circuit, and I quickly knew people that were known around the tournament circuit such as "White Ppl Mine," "Pieguy," "Bshida 916," (who I quickly renamed "Austin Rivers" after he was wearing a Duke Blue Devils hat and relating to this video) and "X-Ray." I had many chats about gaming in general, ranging from Persona 4: The Ultimate to nostalgically remembering the good old days of video gaming.

I also got to hang out with the FinestKO crew. There were many opportunities for some of us to jump on the stream to guest commentate, and I was able to get on the stream and commentate the Grand Final match of SSFIV: AE 2012. There was also moments when we had a Spanish commentary for SCV, and complete babble during UMvC3 (which is usually expected, because "It's Marvel"). By the end of the night, I knew what "salty" and "wake up" meant as well as reinforcing the usage of "DP."

There were also causal matches going on, a Dreamcast with NFL Blitz 2000 set up, and even an ancient Atari Computer system.

I also got some video footage of some behind the scenes and side perspectives of matches, and those can seen on this YouTube playlist.

Afterwards, I had the honor of having a very late dinner with the FinestKO crew and company over at Wingstop in West Sacramento.

I would like to thank everyone who came out for this first ever Capital Fight District tournament and everyone who welcomed me into the community with open arms. I would also like to thank FinestKO for allowing me to do some guest commentary and for having me over for dinner afterwards.

I may not be able to make it out every time they have a tournament (the next tournament is scheduled for the 25th of this month), but I will make a grand effort to make it out there at least once a month especially around when other major tournaments are planned because everyone who wants to prepare for those Bay Area and SoCal tournaments will come here to Sacramento to step their game up. There might of been a small turnout for the inaugural event, but I feel that this will get bigger and in time will become the place to be.

Thanks for reading, and I'll see you at the next Capital Fight District event!

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