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#4 Posted by BobTheFork (18 posts) -

3 Big Mistakes:

1) Only third party exclusive were MMO's - lame

2)Paywall- I already have + and it's more than worth it but it sucks for some people AND if it's mandatory for multiplayer I expect the free stuff to go down.

3)Not dropping a mic when they shotgun blasted MS right out the door.

If you haven't seen the Used Game tutorial Sony made, see it. damned funny

#6 Edited by BobTheFork (18 posts) -

So updates. Turns out I was wrong about Steve Weibe breaking 1 million and there a bit of controversy as you can see from the score posting. People who play Kong this much know everything, like where and when all the barrels will drop. One of the barrels dropped in the wrong spot, so instead of jumping a double barrel for 300, he only got 100 and then died afterwards. So, Hank Chien is in 3rd place by only 100 points which is crazy. You will notice Billy Mitchell is not on the top 10 leader board. He is playing but at After guys like Steve and Hank came along, he had moved from active full competition to being more of an ambassador for the arcade scene. He's a big name and people show up to see him, so he shows up and helps promote and tries to make sure the new players can get credit and face time to help keep the scene going. Awesome guy!

Sorry these are dark but you don't want to use flash near the players. They are going until 7pm tonight but I needed to take a break for a few hours so I'm going to head back up there in a few hours for the finish.

Final Update.

It's over and what a weekend it was. I've never been near a competition like this and it was amazing.

Here's the final score board:

Although he got third, Steve Wiebe blew away the croud by putting up TWO 1 million point games in a row, which is damn near impossible.

I also got pictures with Billy

And Walter Day!

Everyone was amazing. The time and effort it took from the 1up staff to the photographers and everyone who helped put on the Kong off was top notch. They will be back next year and Billy Mitchel told me they want a hometown person to play so a year would be enough time for me to reach a kill screen lol.

#7 Edited by BobTheFork (18 posts) -

Hey Kids!

It's that time of year, and once again the legends of arcade gaming are coming together for The Kong Off 2 in Denver. If you don't know, it's basically the World championship of Donkey Kong with the current and past record holders coming together to battle on a 20 machine long line of Kong Machines.

This year the Kong off is in Denver Colorado at the 1UP bar and arcade. I happen to live just a few blocks from there so I have been drinking and playing games for 2 days straight and I still have to make it through today. The 1UP has about 40 arcade games, 15 pinball machines, great cheese steaks and an awesome staff of players.

http://thekongoff.com

I didn't have a change to post a thread yesterday when it started, but what a crazy day of competition. They played for about 10 hours yesterday and you can restart as many times as you want until the final bell. Want to see more?!?!?

LIVE STREAMS:

http://www.twitch.tv/richieknucklez

http://www.twitch.tv/scoundr

http://sp.oovoo.tv/social/richieknucklez

These are the ones I was checking out yesterday but there are around 5-6 streams going any point. I have to go over there in a few minutes so if you see one of the other please post it (you can search them online, they are all labeled the same)

So what's going on?

-The big 3, Michell, Weibe and Chein and all here playing. I'm not up on the full arcade world scene so I've met tons of great players over the last few days that are amazing. The big 3 aren't really even the favorites because of the format.

-We had 3 players breaking a million point game (Steve Weibe got the last one in under the wire.

-We had 2 Donkey Kong Kill Screens yesterday

-The World record of Donkey Kong 3 was set

-Record attempts at centipede, Q-bert (5 lives only) and Dig-Dug happened

-You can get $250 if you set any World Record on any machine that has a record set

-Podcasts and talks from lots of players and special guests

-They had a special race. Two players race to a million point in Berserk. It took 8 hours!!

This Weekend:

Friday, around 2pm the players all started practices for the Saturday start. Richie Knuckles (classic gaming collector, speaker and record holder) is hosting the event. If you didn't know Richie and his partner bought Twin Galaxies the World Record arcade gaming database.

If you saw King of Kong, Twin Galaxies kind of went to shit and lost it's credibility after they tried to screw Steve Weibe out of his record. Now they are moving the operation to Denver and changing how it works. They are going to do live events and competitions and are committed to bringing in console gamers and records that will hopefully because 'The King of Console' event they want to do.

Every single person has been great and nice and is in a good mood. All the players love talking to the fans and signing stuff and taking pictures. They are all really great representatives of gaming and the arcade scene.

Personal accounts: Since I live next to the 1UP, I'm there a few times a week and I know all the staff. So I went over Friday to help them set up. I knock on the door and Billy Mitchell answers and just say "Hi I'm Billy Mitchell, I'm the doorman" Billy is a great guy from what I can tell. Lots of people there (including Weibe and Richie) have gone out of their way to say that Billy is a great friend and they aren't happy with the way he looked in King of Kong.

So after a long day of practice (and drinking for me) I heard everyone was going to a pizza place downtown for a private dinner. So I decide to take a shot and see if I can sneak in. Nobody said anything so I spent the night sitting next to Steve Weibe talking about Wreck-it-Ralph and Pinball and Kong Strategy

Saturday they started at 10 and it all business. I'm hoping to get some more pictures with players later on this afternoon. The players can try and restart as much as they want until they get a good game in. Most of them take a break for a few hours in the middle. If you haven't seen high level Kong check it out. There are crazy tricks and the players have memorized where every barrel is going to be and what it will do.

The amazing the skill, or maybe just concentration they have. Getting 900k-1 mil seems to take about 3 hours, but I didn't watch one player for that long at once. I know it can vary based on how many risks you want to take.

Saturday night there was a VIP party upstairs for the players and a few regulars of the bar (WOO!) Tons of food free drinks and the owners private collection of games. They had a great podcast about gaming, their plans for Twin Galaxies, and the culture of Arcades. I don't have the address but it will be at Twin Galaxies once it's up.

THE MIDNIGHT TWIST:

So after the podcast, we are all hanging out and playing cash games. Defender, Joust Pinball and Bubbles were the games of choice. Suddenly, out of nowhere, in walks Gary Stern of Stern pinball! If you guys know me (you don't) I play pinball competitively 4-5 times a month and have made it up to 560 on the World rankings. I'm a huge fan of Gary and Stern and Pinball in General. Apparently he has family near there and just came over to play and hang out.

He did an interview and talked about arcades and coin-op and pinball and it was amazing.

The funniest line of the night came from Gary. He was talking about attract modes on pinball and trying to show people cool features they would want to play the game to see. Specifically he talked about Lord of the Rings Pinball and wanting to show off the Balrog but not making it too easy to get it in the game to people would try to find it and see it. "That's the key, you don't give them the pussy, you show them the pussy and you make them want the pussy" XD

Spare stuff I got:

A signed t-shirt that came with a bottle of Billy Mitchel KOK Hotsauce

Two of the custom Marques they made and put on the Kong Machines

Billy signed the glass I brought from my Super PAC-MAN cabinet

Check of the live feeds and support Arcade gaming. I hope they can really get the King of Consoles idea going. It would be great to bring more competitive gaming into the same house.

ok, They are starting and I need to go get some kolache and a beer. I'll post.

#8 Posted by BobTheFork (18 posts) -

I just noticed this. If its not a temp thing, then I don't see how they can keep the code private for too long. I hope it's just about the exclusive reveal and if will go back soon.

#9 Posted by BobTheFork (18 posts) -

Just mentioning I can't see it either with any browser

#10 Posted by BobTheFork (18 posts) -

As much as I love the Uncharted games, I feel like I haven't really been dragged along on a thrill ride like many people.  No matter how techinically superior the second game is,  I still prefer the story and setting of the first game.  I also was less than thrilled with the MP component of UC2 as well.   The co-op maps were lots of fun but after a few times it got old and it was never intended to carry the game.  Other modes like goldrush felt like a waste because if you didn't finish the whole game(and you wouldn't finish if you ever played with a random person) you got almost no money at all.   I think all I wanted was just a barebones 'shoot dudes' option to simplify the whole thing.

As shooters have gone forward I still just can't accept all the perks and boosts that seem to be the norm.  Too often the game fails to acheive a proper balance of all the variables in play and 3/4 of the community use whatever the 'best setup' is thought to be.  Sometime it feels like the developers are trynig to put as many obstacles between shooting a gun and hitting someone with it as possible /rant  

When I first heard all the details of UC3 I was even more disappointed:  character boosts, gun boosts, one-round payed boosts, kickbacks (a super boost you spend medals to get).  The whole thing sounded like the worst possible clusterfrag,  there could be a half dozen factors altering the fairly simple process of  'point and click'.   Well, after playing many hours last night I have to say I'm impressed as hell and I'm glad Naughty Dog is finally listening to everyone and not just the people yelling about how they 'ruined Uncharted 2 after patch 1.05'.

Firstly is the 'hardcore' mode.  It's just what myself and lots of people wanted!  Just guns and shooting and skill (I use that word loosely)  It's kind of funny that they call it 'hardcore' when it feels the opposite way to me.  The speed and style of the game have always been great but it's just so much better IMO when people don't drop grenades when they die or suddenly heal themself.  After playing it, the boosts in the game feel almost like super powers and I'm glad I can play without them.  The 3-team DM mode seems to be lacking use of kick-backs as well, although the weapon mods seems to be still present.  Working with a single teammate fits the game vary well and if you know what you are doing you are goin to be bro-fisting with your partner all day.

Speaking of which, the 'buddy system' makes an apperance and it seems to be in most modes of the game.  When you enter a team game, you are assigned a buddy.  Any time you get a kill with you buddy you can to a dual taunt over the body for bonus money and a medal.  Not only that but your buddy can pick up your treasure for you to help out (the random treasure system is a great addition too).  It's a very interesting way to encourage ranoms to work together/

The co-op mode present (arena) is also a great twist on the UC2 co-op games.  You play 10 rounds against the AI but now every round is different.  You switch bewteen goldrush, seige, and survival round by round.  The big co-op set-pieces they have shown look amazing but think I'll be spending most of my time playing the arena mode.

The money you earn in MP no longer seem to be weighted to the competitive mode, you can earn tons of cash and treasure playing any way you want.

The beta is ROUGH with it's looks and bugs but they are already in a great place and you can tell ND is going full-on to bring a great experience.

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