Texas Showdown 2014: The Birth of a Competitor

I’m not an ultra competitive gamer. I do like to compete, but fun is paramount. Before online gaming came around and killed my buzz however, I used to be the guy who was always looking to perfect my skills. The problem with online gaming in my opinion is too many are willing to play in a fashion that makes the game boring and annoying. I might be having a change of heart though, as I attended the Texas Showdown 14 this past weekend and something was stirred in me. Let me explain.

I was there with my lady, enjoying an exciting match in the Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom tournament. The crowd was clearly behind one of the competitors, but he was in danger of losing. He lost a hard fought match, and as he stepped off the stage, the crowd chanted his name. At that moment, I felt something in me. I don’t know what it was, but I know I would have gave anything to experience that moment. It was such an amazing thing to see.

My lady competed in the Tekken Tag 2 tournament. She won her first match, then she dropped her next 2. No biggie, I’m proud of her regardless. It was her first tournament, but we both hope it isn’t the last. The more interesting development though was how the combatants interacted. She spoke of how certain entrants seemed to garner rock star level attention in the room. Everyone knew them, spoke highly of them, and wanted to see them play. She also told me that she made quite a few friends there. I saw her speak to a few of the other players when I arrived, and the conversations didn’t feel like they were shared by people who met that day. It felt…..like somewhere I belonged. A place I needed to be.

The misses spoke of a tournament in Dallas. I think it takes place in August. She wants to enter and give Tekken another shot. I made up my mind that I want to enter too. So I’m going to attempt to play SSF4. I have 5 months to get ready. I don’t know if I’ll be good enough to even win a match. Or a round for that matter. All I know is I owe it to myself to find out. I always wondered how good I could be at a game if I actually made it my mission to max out my skill level. I guess we’ll know in a few months.

I’ll see you guys later. I’m headed back to Texas Showdown to watch the SSF4 finals today. I guess I get to see first hand what it will take to make a name for myself. Happy gaming!

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