Gaming Olympics Event at CCNY Recap

At the City College of New York (where I attend school), an event was held by the SFGA club. The event was the Gaming Olympics on March 20th from 12pm-5pm, where games and tournaments were held in multiple rooms. It was my first time going to an event like this at my school, and I couldn’t pass up an opportunity to fill you guys in on every and all things gaming. It was especially hard to be going to school on a Saturday, but it was for you guys… You can thank me later.

Arcade machines were brought in, people brought their games, fightsticks, instruments, dancepads, board games and everything you would want at a video game event. There was also free food, drinks and snacks. I myself had a ham and cheese sandwich, a soda and even some cotton candy. What can I say? I’m a big fan of free.

The thing I thought that was great about the event was that it went super casual, but also hit the hardcore as well. You had your Madden to your Tatsunoko vs. Capcom. Wii Sports Resort to your Power Stone. Rock Band to your Guilty Gear. It had it all. No one would leave dissatisfied.

With an event like this (you know with mostly guys?) it baffles me why this was even set out.

There were tournaments for Wii Sports, Guitar Hero/Rock Band and even a jump roping contest, with gift cards at stake. But, I believe the biggest attraction with the biggest prize (a video game system) at stake was the “Fighters Tournament.” 1 vs. 1 contests with a plethora of games to choose from. Here are the rules from my understanding and participation in the tournament:

  • Single elimination, 1 vs. 1 matches, in a best 2 out of 3 series played with the games shown above
  • A coin-flip is done to determine who gets to choose a game first
  • The first person chooses one of the games to have the first match, then the second person chooses a second game
  • If necessary the third match’s game is selected by random by one of the people hosting the event (may not have been the best way to do it since someone could luckily be getting a game they’re absolutely great at)
  • A game a person chooses cannot be chosen again until the finals of the tournament e.g. you can’t constantly choose Street Fighter IV every round you get to pick
  • Game settings are also set up in the most fair way possible e.g. Super Smash Brothers = no items and random map selection

It was a great way to find out who is the best well-rounded fighting game player. Unfortunately, the “Fighters Tournament” ran a little long as it was supposed to end at 5:00pm. Eventually the tournament rules were getting watered down to get matches in quicker. The tournament started at around 3:30pm and it was supposed to start at noon. I left at 5:30pm and they were still on the second round of matches. However, it was understandable as this was their first time doing this, but hopefully next year (as they’re trying to make it an annual thing) it’ll be much better.

I had a good time, and to my understanding it was open to all (if not, the next time I’ll just sneak you in with me), with the only downfall being that non-CCNY students are not able to win the prizes. Hopefully next year it’ll be bigger, better and… maybe not on a Saturday. School + Saturday = Scaturday. And that doesn’t sound like a nice word in any way.

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François Chang

Working on the DualShockers staff as both an editor and community manager since late 2009, François is absolutely no stranger to the videogame industry. He is a graduate from the City College of New York, and has his Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations and Advertising. His next step is to obtain his Master's degree at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. Before starting his career, François has been gaming since the age of 2 with Super Mario World, and he has never looked back since. Gaming may be his profession, but it has always been his passion.

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