Its a shame twitch turbo and the chat subs will add another $14 to the $4 monthly cost. Anyways, I got Illumin status now, thanks Salty for being the thing that finally makes me create a paypal acct. And what Ive watched so far today before it went down for maintanence was a lot more balanced and barely any DOA Xtreme Volleyball looking characters so maybe the time I watched last week gave it a bad rap.
The chat is also behaving a bit more watchable.
Edit 2: Where can I find out more about the game itself and how characters are added to it? Could GB chip in donations to Salty in order to get characters based on the staff in the game?
@brodehouse: Christ 1998 was a weird time to stop watch wrestling. You must've been a WCW guy who got sick of the aftermath of Sting not really saving WCW and ending Hogan's era. WCW in Jan. 1st 1998 was on top of the world, like double ratings of WWF, by Jan. 1 99, Foley wins the belt, Goldberg's streak ends, WCW never recovers.
WWF was really boring in 1995-97, but came alive for 1998-2002.
I know you all feel like I came down too hard on this, but its just that the premise is so damn good, I want it to be better, and not go away as a two week meme fad, you know? As far as the game-engine complaint goes, a lot of the characters I saw were seemingly not programmed correctly, and had A.I. that would just stand there. And I do wish there was some algorithm that matched the characters up by damage HP, reach, hit box, teleport or other major abilities. I'm just saying, in the matches I've yet seen, its almost always a character with little special abilities vs. one with the motherload.
I hate the chat being so anti-social because it has the huge potential to be funny (like OMFG MY SALT! MY 2ND MORTGAGE! ALWAYS BET ON BEAVIS!)
I really thought the chat had a knack for knowing which characters were good, and knowing which ones were "fake". It seemed like they had insider knowledge.
Lastly, where our opinions really differ, and where I'm most stubborn and self-sure, is that the actual betting, even if the fighters end up evenly matched, always has one side from $200,000-$700,000 with the other side about $18,000-$78,000. Rarely do the bets allow for modest improvement of your money. This could be people betting based on what the chat goes most "buckwild" for, or spouts the most means about. I dunno. I'm just saying for as cool as an idea as SB.com is, its not a lot of fun to watch without betting, waiting five matches in between bets that seem like good choices for yourself. I suppose you could always just put like $20 on everything.
Anyways, I wish they took it a just a little more seriously, and also a little bit less seriously (as in people becoming genuinely upset and trolling and such in the chat.)
Maybe increase the $10 minimum to something like $30?