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.

Burke





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!

Burke

 

 

 

 

 

 





Karaoke, High Scores, and the One Hour Hangover.

27 10 2011

Last Monday night was a very eventful evening to say the least.  Greg having missed the previous I Love You, Man movie night, came over to partake in it’s drinking game, and somehow keep me out until 4 a.m.  The I Love You, Man drinking game is very simple and easy to remember.

I Love You, Man Drinking Game

  • Nicknames *drink*
  • Gay comments *drink*
  • Made up words or phrases *drink*
  • Slap the Bass *drink* (my personal favorite)

I finished off the last 3 Woodchuck Spring Ciders that Fiance refused to drink because she said they “taste like breakfast” ,awesome right?  The spring cider that had a hint of maple and brown sugar, combined with our Halloween rice crispy treat pumpkins tasted like a pancake breakfast exploded in my mouth.  Willy Wonka was apparently bartending at my house tonight.  The ciders sweet breakfast love wasn’t enough, we wanted to drink our love for autumn brews with Shipyards Pumpkinhead Ale.  And so, the quest for the “pumpkin pie brew” began.  I Love You, Man had yet to finish, but at 10:07 p.m. we were running out of time before the liquor stores that would possibly have this delicious drink brought down their gates.  We hopped into Greg’s trusty steed, Yaris, and took to the streets.  Our quest first led us to Total Whine and Spirits, the mecca of alcoholic beverages, but we were too late.  Pacing down the isles we arrived at the empty shelf where Shipyard had once been, I dropped to my knees and cried to the heavens, but it was no use.  Like Andre the Giant, Greg lifted me onto his shoulders and carried my shattered self back to the car for he knew there was still a chance we could get our hands on Pumpkinhead.  The closest Lee’s Discount Liquor was closed, 10:42 and one more Lee’s to go before closing at 11.  All of Yaris’ 106 hp roared…well, buzzed us to the Lee’s closest to my place, but it also was too late, at 10:54 the gate was closed.  We sailed passed Lee’s and arrived back at my home, defeated and empty handed.  But not all was lost since we still had a little of I Love You, Man left, and a night of karaoke and arcades awaited us.

Amber and her friend Megan were out on their own quest to find some hot bartender who doesn’t exist at Insert Coins Las Vegas.  I humored their quest and asked where they needed our assistance.  Ellis Island was supposed to be our first meeting place, but arriving there, sitting in the vomit smelling booth, and not finding Amber or Megan, we decided to jump ship and head over to Insert Coins.  Luckily Amber was already there, and Megan with a tear in her eye, was hot bartenderless.  An I told you so was in order.  We spent a few minutes there, of course drinking,  screaming “GOOOOOAAAALLLL” at the Fifa ’12 players, and snagging the #1 high score of the night on the Joust machine (a meager 52,900 points).  I was a little too drunk to realize we forgot to challenge our nemesis Dragon’s Lair before leaving to the Beauty Bar.  Our main goal a majority of the time is to hit up karaoke, and tonight we finally did.  Heather, my favorite bartender, was sporting her sexy Raphael from TMNT costume and serving up karate chop filled drinks.  As a dedication to the voluptuous Heater, I sang George Michaels “I Want Your Sex”, and Amber, determined to drag the whole bar down, sang “All by Myself”.  Amber wasn’t finished, bombarding some poor dudes song, which I unfortunately cannot remember the title of , and sadly neither could Amber.  The world may never know.

The night was quickly coming to an end, but not without a fight.  My finale farewell was an epic one, as I William Shatnered the shit out of Rocket Man.  With Amber doing back up vocals, and random barflies dancing beside me, I sat on stage and finished what was possibly the greatest song of the night.  Goodbyes were said and Greg safely drove me home.  The world spun wildly around me as I tried to gather my bearings and stumble my way to my front door.  My pillow attacked my face and forced me to slumber.  I was surprisingly well the next morning, minus the one hour hangover from 1-2 p.m.  Sweating, a pounding headache, and nausea couldn’t stop me, I defeated that also in less than an hour.  Maybe my quest was complete after all.