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TST 7 Details Emerge

Our biggest annual tournament ever, That Summer Tournament, turns 7 this year. With just over a month to go before the big one, new details have emerged. More is to come, but in the mean time you can visit http://TST.ChipDamage.com to keep up to date.


Baselan 17 (May 15-17)

It’s that time again. Baselan 17 “CINO” will be happening this weekend(Friday-Saturday). Of course, yours truly(Chip Damage) will also be there on Saturday to hold the only two big tournaments for the consoles, including Street Fighter IV on the PS3 & Super Smash Bros. Melee on the Gamecube.

The full details for the two tournaments can be found below or on the official forum post, here.

  • Tournaments Hosted by Chip Damage:
    • Super Smash Bros. Melee (GC)
      • Date: Saturday, May 16
      • Time: 2:00pm
    • Street Fighter IV (PS3)
      • Date: Saturday, May16
      • Time: 4:00pm
  • BASELAN 17 Prices:
    • Full Weekend Pass (Console & Computer) Pre-Registration with Prepay (Before May 1) – $35.00
      Cost at the Door – $40.00
      Console Only – $15.00

If you know you are going to be late for one of the two mentioned tournaments but would still like to be placed in the bracket, call nYo(Duong) @ 293-6446 before the tournament start time and let us know you will be late but would still like to participate. If you’re too late and we need to move on we will move as far as we can without you but if you can’t make it on time still we’ll drop you to losers.

There will also be casuals before the tournaments and SF4 casuals Friday night. Stop by to get some games in.

Scroll down for tournament rules.

Street Fighter IV Rules:

  • Version: PS3
  • Specifics:
    • All characters legal
    • Winner must stick with their chosen character in the next round (does not carry onto other matchups). Loser may change character if they wish.
    • All tournaments will use Double Elimination format (Unless otherwise specified)
    • Matches will be run in best 2 out of 3 (outside the game’s own round settings) with the Winner’s, Loser’s and Grand Finals being best 3 out of 5.
    • If you wish, you may request a double-blind pick. What will happen then is both players will secretly tell the director their character choice(s) and must choose that at the start of the round.
    • Players are highly advised to supply their own controllers. We claim no responsibility if you are unable to find some way to supply yourself with a controller.
    • For pad players, you are required to turn the pad you are using OFF or face being down a round in the following set or DQ’d altogether.
    • Cheesing encouraged :p
  • Restrictions:
    • Hardware macros, rapid-fire, or other hardware assisted mechinsims are strictly forbidden.
    • Accidentally pausing the game at any time during the fight may force you to forfeit the round (solely at a judge’s discretion).
    • “Intentionally” using game freezing glitches may cause you to forfeit the round. Obviously such a thing is hard to judge but the director will use their own discretion

Super Smash Bros. Melee Rules:

  • Specifics:
    • 4 stock 8 minutes
    • No Items
    • Stages limited to 6 “neutral” stages for random, others open for counter picks. Each person may knock out one stage for the entire set.
    • The first round stage is selected by random, but if both players (teams) can agree on a stage then the first match can be played on any stage they agree upon except one from the banned list below.
    • The winner of the first round may change characters but they have to select first then the loser selects their’s and then follow by selecting the stage as well.
    • If you wish to have the game paused, you must request that your opponent do it, otherwise he has the choice to restart the round on a level of his choice. This rule does not apply to sudden obstructions and catastrophes.
  • Neutral stages:
    • Final Destination, Yoshi’s Story, Fountain of Dreams, Kirby 64, Pokemon Stadium, Mute City
  • Playable Stages:
    • Final Destination
    • Yoshi’s Story
    • Rainbow Cruise
    • Fountain of Dreams
    • Pokemon Stadium
    • Corneria
    • Peach’s Castle
    • Green Greens
    • Kongo Jungle
    • Kongo Jungle 64
    • Dream Land 64
    • Battlefield
    • Mute City
    • Poke Floats
  • Banned Stages:
    • Onett
    • Icicle Mountain
    • Yoshi’s Island 64
    • Flat Zone
    • Brinstar Depths
    • Big Blue
    • Hyrule Temple
    • Termina – Great Bay
    • Venom
    • Fourside
    • Mushroom Kingdom
    • Mushroom Kingdom II
    • Yoshi’s Island
    • Jungle Japes

2008 VGA Review & Winners


Sigh, the 2008 VGA have come to pass. I look to it as a form of entertainment, but it was a chore to watch this year. I forced myself to watch it, on tv, because the live streams had terrible camera angles and were constantly cutting out.

I would mute the horrible pop music and the rap by 50 Cent and pay more attention to the MajorNelson IRC chat, where I would participate in the hundreds of users flaming the Video Game Awards.

I will briefly talk about the good and bad of the show as well as what won what, outlining the event.

The Good

What was good about the show? I’m actually going to have to think on this one. There are a few good moments which I can recall.

Soul Calibur IV won best fighter which it well deserved. Grand Theft Auto IV won GOTY which is deserved even though many will argue that point for Fallout 3. World of Goo won Best indie game. It is an amazing game and I highly suggest you check it out on Steam or Wii.

Jack Blacks performance was pretty good. He’s very witty on stage and that’s what I like about him. Unlike the other celebrities who are so very robotic, unenthusiastic and clearly just read from the teleprompter. Jack had some pretty epic and humorous moments. One, which was my favorite of the bunch, was near the end when they were premiering Brutal Legend (a game starring Jack Black releasing in 2009) and Jack Black was holding a Flame Thrower as Jerry Stiller is brought in on a chariot of sorts.

What else? Oh yeah, very attractive women, although they knew nothing about games.

Overall, little was good about the show, there were little tidbits that were entertaining.

The Bad

What could possible be bad about a show of such high caliber? Everything, apparently. Nearly all the premieres were short CGI teasers with almost no-ingame footage with exception of Brutal Legend, Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost & Damned, and Terminator: Salvation. None of the world premieres were outstanding, nothing mind blowing. Just more overrated and overhyped games for 2009, sigh.

The music was just absolutely horrid. Why is 50 Cent even part of an event like this? The last thing gamers want to see or hear is 50 Cent. I literally muted my television and joined a chatroom while any music was playing. My ears would have started bleeding if I didn’t. The best music was by Weezer at the end. Everything else was generic and terrible pop music or mainstream rap music. What is wrong with the music of this generation? Seriously?

There are so many aspects of this show that just made it all around bad, and there are too many for me to rant on about, But, the biggest peeve is what a sellout the industry is becoming. I’m looking your way, EA Games. Watching this show is such an eye opener of bad movie games and game gimmicks that have the most money to pump into these shows and inevitably become overhyped only to get 6/10 review and fail miserably among gamers.

What was with the Ads too? I swear Stride Gum sponsors everything now, probably even the War in Iraq. That’s probably the case since the US Army seemed to be sponsoring every single word that came out of any actor’s mouth. The advertising was everywhere. I even saw an Nvidia commercial sponsored by the Army. An ad sponsored by another ad? Gamestop ads were also everywhere.

And last, but not least, Wii Game of the Year. Can you guess what got it? Super Smash Bros. Brawl,  right? That would be the most obvious answer, but it’s not right. BoomBlox got it! What!? How does that make any sense? The only thing I can think of is that it is an EA title and I know they have nothing but money to push their terrible games.

You just can’t disagree on how terrible the show was this year, especially with the absence of Samuel L. Jackson. A game show just isn’t a game show without him. Although Jack Black did a good job, it was just everything else that was thrown down the crap chute.

I’m glad the overhyped gaming year of 2008 is coming to a close. Now I can look forward to some quality games such as Street Fighter IV, Resident Evil 5, and Mass Effect 2.

If I were to give this show a score out of 10, it would be no more than 5/10.

Special Announcements

  • Gears of War 2 ‘Combustible’ Map Pack available on Xbox Live Marketplace 12 PM Pacific/3 AM East TONIGHT.
  • EA debuts Dante’s Inferno title, coming in 2009.
  • Pearl Jam’s ‘Ten’ available as downloadable Rock Band album in March.

Award Winners

  • Best Game of the Year
    • Grand Theft Auto IV (Rockstar Games)

  • Best Independent Game
    • World of Goo (2D Boys)

  • Best Shooter
    • Gears of War 2 (Epic Games)

  • Best Action-Adventure Game
    • Grand Theft Auto IV (Rockstar Games)

  • Best Multiplayer Game
    • Left 4 Dead (Valve)

  • Best PC Game
    • Left 4 Dead (Valve)

  • Best Fighting Game
    • Soul Calibur 4 (Project Soul)

  • Best Driving Game
    • Burnout Paradise (Criterion)

  • Best RPG Game
    • Fallout 3 (Bethesda Game Studios)

  • Best Handheld Game
    • Professor Layton (Level 5)

  • Best Playstation 3 Game
    • Little Big Planet (Media Molecule)

  • Best Wii Game
    • Boom Blox (EA Casual)

  • Best Xbox 360 Game
    • Gears of War 2 (Epic Games)

  • Best Music Game
    • Rock Band 2 (Harmonix)

  • Best Individual Sports Game
    • Shaun White Snowboarding (Ubi Montreal)

  • Best Graphics
    • Metal Gear Solid 4 (Kojima Productions)

  • Best Original Score
    • Metal Gear Solid 4 (Kojima Productions)

  • Best Soundtrack in a Game
    • Rock Band 2 (Harmonix)

  • Best Game Based on a Movie or TV Show:
    • Lego Indiana Jones (Traveller’s Tales)

  • Best Performance by a Human Female
    • Debbie Mae West as Meryl Silverburgh (Metal Gear Solid 4)

  • Best Performance by a Human Male:
    • Michael Hollick as Niko Bellic (Grand Theft Auto IV)

  • Big Name in a Game Female:
    • Jenny McCarthy as “Tanya” in Red Alert 3 (EA Westwood)

  • Big Name in a Game Male:
    • Kiefer Sutherland (Call of Duty: World at War)

  • Studio of the Year
    • Media Molecule (Little Big Planet)

  • Gamer God Inductee:
    • Will Wright (Sim City, Spore (Maxis))


  • Marisa Miller presenting Gears2 Mappack.
  • LL Cool J presents ‘Best Shooter’.
  • Peter Moore presenting Fight Night Round 4.
  • Neil Patrick Harris presents ‘Best Indie Game’.
  • Eliza Dushku presentsKieffer Sutherland as ‘Big Name in Game’ winner.
  • Kim Kardashian presents first footage of EA’s Dante’s Inferno.
  • Tony Hawk presenting Game God Inductee Award to Will Wright.
  • Geoff Keighley presents Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned DLC.
  • Jerry Stiller makes a cameo for Brutal Legend.
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