Button Mashing at the Soulcalibur V Tournament.

11 02 2012

Someones not paying attention...

Nerd Farm is all about getting out and mingling with the nerd community.  Last week Insert Coin(s) in Las Vegas held a Soulcalibur V tournament that I decided to try my hand at.  I haven’t played Soulcalibur since the first installment on the Dreamcast and I’ll let you in on a secret, I wasn’t good then and I’m probably even worse now.  I was quickly reminded that Soulcalibur V isn’t really a button mashing fighter as my losses stacked up like Tetris set at the hardest difficulty.  I actually called fellow Nerd Farm author Nic for button mapping and tactics since I didn’t know any of them.  Vertical & horizontal attacks, blocking, and grabs don’t do anything if you can’t actually reach the person you’re trying to attack.  Even Xiba with his staff and Ezio with his hidden guns I couldn’t win more than 2 rounds.  Tournaments at Insert Coin(s) are beginning to get competitive, even more so when it comes to fighters.  Either way I’ll try my hand at any tournament just for the story.  Always an enjoyable experience even if I did lose both matches with a combined record of 2-14.

The next tournament will be for UFC Undisputed 3 on February 14th.  I don’t think I’m brave enough to even attempt that one, maybe I’ll hit the next on for Twisted Metal.



Big Weekend for Nerd Events in Las Vegas. 2/4-7/2012

3 02 2012

Tomorrow night will be a Saturday full of hard choices to make.  All of them involve the most difficult choice of all, actually leaving the house.

The first of these events is brought to you by MaximuM Comics.  MaximuM Comics and Rave theaters in Town Square bring back SpaceBalls to the big screen for one night only…AND FOR FREE!  These movie nights are a blast, they’re 18+ so please don’t bring the kidos, fun prizes are included, and did I mention it’s free?  Yeah, it’s free.  So click here to print out your free ticket and show up around 11:30P.M. on February 4th and enjoy some SpaceBalls.  May the Schwartz be with you.




There’s a new underground phenomenon taking place in the industrial area of Las Vegas.  IGL (Immortal Gamers League) has acquired a warehouse and are having what they hope will be the equivalent of LA’s “Friday Night Fights”.  For those not in the know, Friday Night Fights is a huge battle royal between arguably  the best arcade fighters in the United States.  IGL is hoping to put Las Vegas on the proverbial arcade fighter map by having regular “Monday Night Brawl’s” and with it’s first tournament tomorrow (2/04/2012).  Find out more details here .  The tournament does have entry fees and will include Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3, Mortal Kombat 9, Street Fighter IV, King of Fighters 13, and Soul Calibur V tournaments.  The IGL Warehouse can be found at 5830 Wynn Rd, but don’t expect to see any signs, just follow the parked cars, loud music, and smells of suspicious foods.

Starting February 7th, Insert Coin(s) Las Vegas is bringing you “glitch” Tuesdays.  A day where the events will almost always be video game based tournaments.  Soul Calibur V will be the first in a long list of tournaments to come on glitch Tuesdays.  I’ve participated in early Insert Coin(s) tournaments, although they weren’t always the most organized, they were always fun.  Bring your friends, drink some booze, and even if you don’t play in the tournaments you can still listen to the live DJ and play some classic arcade machines.  You really can’t go wrong.  Find out more about glitch Tuesdays here.



Yes all of these things do involve you leaving your home, but they do let you come out at night so at least you won’t get sun burned.  Enjoy!








Soul Calibur V Review

31 01 2012

SoulCalibur V is probably the most polished in the series as far as graphics are concerned, which should be a given, being that it’s the newest addition to the franchise and also on a next gen console. But where it really seems to shine for me is not so much the actual fighting but in the character creation.

You are given tables upon tables of loots and options to change various characters or create your own. Then you may edit a custom thumbnail view of that character with backgrounds, foregrounds and other just silly options.  A sharks open maw surrounding your character as he sits down to a tea party, for example.  SCV also features a unique almost Modern Warfare-esque Title system that allows you to add custom titles to your online profile, like mine which boldly states in all it’s troll glory: Serious Business.

However, where SCV falls short is both the character actual design and sheer number of characters.  So far I’m pretty sure I have only encountered two actual new characters: Viola and Z.W.E.I.  Viola has a unique combo attack system where she leaves a floating ball of energy that can be summoned back to her claw hand or thrown at the opposing fighter.  Z.W.E.I. has a single sword which is almost tonfa like in its usage as well as a ghostly wolf that can be used in tandem with his melee skills. The other so called new characters are really just re-skinned versions of old classics, Xiba for Kilik, Aeon for Lizard Man, having replaced his shield for dual axes but given him no greater ability to wield the two.

Another downfall to the series that has been added in this iteration is the hokey super move system which functions much like the no brain moves of Marvel vs Capcom and the Street Fighter series. A few button presses can be entered, and grant the player or computer a nearly undodgeable attack which will be spammed by skilless nOObs and AI players alike granting victory to the undeserving.

But other than a couple flaws here and there, it seems to hold up pretty nicely.  You can even name XBL players as your nemesis, and watch their stats increase or decrease as they and you play.  And returning to the titles I mentioned earlier, you can capture opposing players titles by defeating them in matches across XBL.

I’m sure that none of what I deem negative will detract too much from the entirety of the game’s fun factor and I will probably continue to be a hardcore fan in spite of what I hate most about new games.  So if you are a franchise fan like myself, or looking for that entry level fighter that doesn’t require the sychophantism or fan-boyism of Street Fighter, King of Fighters, or MvC, but rather can be picked up and played by both casuals and the hardcore, give SoulCalibur V a try.

Also, it’s got that pole swinging, hay diving, high flying yahoo from Assassin’s Creed.

That is all.