Editorials and Features
Article by: MrCHUPON
Feature: Rocking Out at Funde Razor [Written 2006-12-07]
With the bar packed with at least a hundred people that night, the place was already jumping when I made my way inside at around 8PM - right when the festivities were supposed to start. You could barely make out the lines of arcade games, including Smash TV and other oldies. The pool table was decked out with prizes and schwag.
Event coordinator Joel Johnson holding the grand prize for the ROFL RAFL
This year, the grand prize for the raffle - dubbed "ROFL RAFL" - used to raise the cash was a sick custom-made Guitar Hero guitar. There were three in total, with two of them to be sold for charity on eBay. From 8PM to 10PM, Barcade-goers could purchase raffle tickets for $10 each for a chance to win the coveted prize. Meanwhile, others could line up to play Guitar Hero II in front of a throng of happily buzzed Barcade patrons - a Playstation 2 was set up at the bar, hooked up to a projector and with wireless receivers in the controller ports.
The infamous Auron cosplayer
Wireless receivers? That's right - the event this year used Red Octane's white wireless guitars. Much appreciated as well, since Barcade must have been packing at least a hundred people. Members of the crowd still managed to interfere by unwittingly walking past the projector, with frantic cries of "HEAD!!! MOVE YOUR HEAD!!!" coming from the audience as the players struggled to see the stream of notes being blocked by shadows. Fun was had all around, however. Even with some players choosing Medium difficulty, everyone was into the wicked solos and blaring riffs coming out of the bar speakers.
By 10:30PM, it was time for the raffle. The first several tickets called out were for nice schwag prizes such as Atari Flashback consoles and a bunch of copies of GTR2 for the PC to name a few. The Grand Prize, however, went to someone who wasn't even there - someone who had left his or her number on a will-call list. Loser! However, Joel didn't disappoint, offering to raffle off the second guitar to someone who was actually present at the event. Yours truly obviously did not win, but I did pick up a piece of schwag. Finger puppets. Hmm...
After the exciting raffle, the final official event of the night was a 16-player tournament in which the winning prize was a Nintendo DS Lite. I had already met the eventual winner after seeing his near-perfect playing of Trogdor on Expert. Known as Tigerhawk310 on YouTube, here was a player who'd 5-starred everything except Six, Jordan and Misirlou. He's currently in the Top 50 on www.scorehero.com. Simply put, there was no way he was leaving Barcade without that DS Lite.
Your Tournament Finalists! And check out those wireless guitars.
The format of the tournament had the first round consisting of songs on Medium; the second and third rounds, Hard; the final round, Freebird on Expert. There were a few rounds in which some sick comebacks were made, and some even sicker comebacks were thwarted. But in the end, all that mattered was Tigerhawk's 330k+ performance of Freebird - obliterating the courageous runner-up.
The final score: 355,265 (83%) to 206,114 (72%)
A winner is you! (Check him out on YouTube - Tigerhawk310)
A runner-up is you!
The night ended with the event raising over $2000 for Child's Play, and leaving plenty of people drunk, happy and Guitar Hero'ed out. Oh, and with two lucky people taking home those exquisitely crafted custom Guitar Hero II controllers. Watch this space for updates from Trigames, including videos of the event, a video interview with Joel Johnson in conjunction with Snackbar-Games.com, and my own personal experiences with the wireless guitar (and what beer I drank). Check out more photos by clicking on the MEDIA tab below.
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