GRAPSF.com rolled out in force this past weekend to show the rest of the state that we’re more than just a collection of incredibly pretty faces and smooth, toned abdominal muscles. Our first field trip to our first major tournament was done with more than a little trepidation: would we earn the respect of the hardened, grim veterans of Detroit and Ann Arbor? Or would we slink back home like whipped dogs, moaning from the beating we’d just paid money to experience, consoled only by our harems of beautiful and exotic concubines?
Our concubines will have to live without the moaning and wild consolation sex, because GRAPSF.com represented very well indeed. In fact, we boasted players in top eight in two games, and five players in the top fifteen in Street Fighter IV. Even better, Drohouse turned heads with his fucking horrifying Zangief, breaking his way into the exhibition match that capped the evening. Only the finest digital pugilism was on display in that event, so congratulations for Dro are in order.
The final placement for GRAPSF.com personnel are as follows:
Street Fighter IV:
Cakefarts/OctopusOnFire (Ben): 25th
Cuban Ace: 49th
Street Fighter 3: Third Strike:
Todd Bujack: 9th
Highlights include Dro being called a scrub for winning a match, Chauncy actually bringing Haagen Daz ice cream and Pringles, Hotsauce running some homeless dude over on the way to the tournament and messing up his tire, myself actually pulling off Oro’s grab super art in Third Strike not once, but TWICE in a row on Ghetto on the Rise, the utter worthlessness of the ’employee’ running the counter in the school commissary, being annoyed by a laundry incapable Asberger’s sufferer for an hour while helping to run the brackets, and all the great new folks we played. These tournaments are more than just competition: they’re a meeting of like minded people, enthusiastically doing what they love together as a community. It proves how much fun these games can be at the highest level, and I for one can’t wait for the next one.
Our regular ULX meetings and GRAPSF.com Ranbats will continue starting this next Saturday at the usual time. We’re taking a break for Christmas weekend, and possibly New Years. Details as they develop.
Congratulations to everyone who participated, and extra special thanks to AaronS who organized the tournament. Spending your own time and money to make sure that the people who love these games have a place and event to call their own is the finest thing a person can do for the community, and he deserves all of our thanks for making his first major something to remember.
(more video to come but I have to get to ULX now – Slappy)