Here Comes A New Challenger Part 3: Ranbat 6.4

After this RanBat, which took place Sunday, June 3rd, many changes will be coming down the pipeline in preparation for the next RanBat. Needless to say, I didn’t do too well. While I still made improvements to my game play, there are still match-ups I am completely unfamiliar with. And for that, my Iron Man is completely unprepared and vastly underdeveloped. Sadly, Tony is getting the repulsor blast(read: axe) and I’m bringing in Sentinel to hopefully crush my woes and bring in a breath of fresh mix-ups. After a successfully, informative interview with Arcade UFO, owner, Ryan Fubarduck Harvey, I was feeling a little better. That’s a complete lie, actually. I was in shambles! I was so nervous about the interview that I felt I wasn’t myself. I sucked it up when it was go-time, but I was feeling the effects of my uneasiness, about the interview, well into the rest of the evening and into the tournament. It’s sometimes said that your best trait is also your worst. I feel this is true for me, and that trait is self-awareness. I’m usually aware of how I make people feel, my general faults, my strengths, the cause and effect for…

PTWoR Interviews Ryan “Fubarduck” Harvey

Your lovable mythological cohorts, Prometheus and Agamemnon, interview gaming legend and owner of Austin’s own Arcade UFO, Mr. Ryan “Fubarduck” Harvey. Fubarduck touches on some of his personal experiences in tournaments, Austin’s arcade beginnings and what inspired him to open Arcade UFO. Check the video below and enjoy our amateurism at it’s finest.   A huge thanks to Ryan for taking the time to let us interview him and we look forward to working closely with him and other competitors within the Austin community. I know this town has what it takes to represent at the national level. If you’re an Austin area local or an out of towner looking to get his arcade stick wet, please be sure to visit Arcade UFO located in the heart of downtown UT on 3101 Speedway, 78705. Also peep Fubarduck’s stream at   – Agamemnon & Prometheus

Here Comes A New Challenger Part 2: My Second RanBat

I apologize for skipping out on the previous RanBat(6.2 I believe). I had too many issues to sort out, one was having to owe the IRS for a fuck up on Liberty Tax’s behalf. Now I owe 2k, yay! But while I got all that sorted out, I hadn’t any time for a much needed practice session. As horrible as I did, it wasn’t just practice that I needed, it was time…and a miracle. Still waiting on both. But I squeezed some time in before and after podcasting and I got in some online matches and did fairly well. I don’t know what it is, maybe nerves, but I did much better online, even with no practice, and popped off a few of my more intricate combos. And many times, I was in the lead and beating guys with way better win/loss records than what I was(and still am) trudging around. But somewhere along the line, my combos just don’t do it. By the time I’m down to killing my opponents anchor, they pop X-Factor and it’s over. I mean, I guess they’re called anchors for a reason; they’re arguably your best character and someone who doesn’t necessarily need any…

A Definitive Diablo III Review By Someone Who Knows Their Shit

Review by DirkaDurkaI have to say, I am a bit of a fan boy for a few of the major gaming companies and developers out in the world today. I’ve found a few whom I deem solid bets, based on the quality of the products they produce. I grew up playing the Pong consoles, and have seen the development of the industry from its roots. So I have to state many times over the years, I have taken chances on titles or companies and learned from my mistakes. Some of the companies I felt I could always place confidence in were Bioware, Digital Extremes, Westwood Studios, and Blizzard. But now, I’d have to honestly say Blizzard is quickly losing my confidence with their current product, Diablo III.

Why I *probably* Won’t be Playing Diablo III

It’s been nearly twelve years since I first played Diablo II and longer still since I first played the classic that is the original Diablo. Since then, I’ve been chomping at the bit for more. The first Diablo still ranks as one of my favorite games of all time. Although, Diablo II was damn good it still fell short of the masterpiece that was the first installment of Diablo. Even with the innovations and changes it introduced to the franchise and while it was still a great game, it never captured the atmosphere and memorable moments the way Diablo had. This made the announcement of Diablo III, a sequel twelve years in the making, not only exciting but very intriguing. I could only fathom what Blizzard had in store for Diablo III after all these years; would it more closely resemble Diablo II with its wide open environments or would the series return to its roots and drag you under ground to the very pits of hell?

Here Comes A new Challenger! My First RanBat – Part 1

I’ve been playing fighting games for damn near a decade now but I have only been following the fighting game scene for a little over a year now. It’s weird because I’m 28, so I really feel like a late bloomer in all this. Nevertheless, I’m not one to be easily deterred, so I spend my free time watching footage on youtube and tournaments on so I can stay up-to-date with all my favorite fighters and all the “hip” lingo. Well, as of late, I’ve had less time to do everything I enjoy. So to make room for fighting games, I cut time from other activities. My goal isn’t to simply make more time to play games, but to really put some effort into my game play. Namely, I’m really trying my best to create a decent team and strategy for Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3(UMVC3 for short). My primary goal is to enter a tournament and see how far I can go. I know for many of us just starting on the path to glory, things of this nature can make a person anxious and it can be extremely nerve wracking. My secondary goal is to chronicle my…

The War on Used Games

  As we prepare for the coming wave of next generation systems, we should be anticipating improvements on all the good things we associate with the current crop of systems. Moving forward we expect: better graphics, faster processors, more engaging games, you get the idea. But not everything that we’re anticipating will be a progressive movement for gaming. At least, as far as Sony and Microsoft are concerned, you can wave goodbye to playing used games on their systems. Although these are just rumors at this point, it wouldn’t be surprising if they came to fruition. It’s very plausible, especially when taking into consideration that several game publishers have already fired shots at the used game market.

Getting Hyper Part II: Arcade UFO SFxT Special Tournament with “Special Guests”

Saturday was already off to a slow start. I was almost late for work. I hadn’t any time to make coffee and the day was dragging like a mule tilling a field. Eventually, quitting time came and Hibiki and myself got a babysitter for the evening, we swooped up Prometheus and were soon off to Arcade UFO where Fubarduck was hosting a Street Fighter X Tekken tournament of his own. The PTWoR crew arrived around 7 or so, which was just shy of the sign-up period. I had actually been practicing a couple nights before and I felt like I could beat a challenger or two, and if I could prove my worth with one of the many guests we had, it’d be like getting my name in the paper. A paper only I subscribe to. Something like this, but I have no paper. Just my mind and empty imagination.