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Video: the crying crowds of Evo 2012

Monday, 16th July 2012 12:44 GMT By Patrick Garratt

Evo 2012 has been and gone, and all we’re left with now is the memories of people playing fighting games against each other in a Las Vegas hotel. The crowds take the entire tournament mentally seriously, as you’ll see in the video down below. The men and women cry. They gasp. They touch each other in ways they’d never previously dared to try. Look.

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7 Comments

  1. Custard Ganet

    haha yeah Infiltration was untouchable this year.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. PEYJ

    Ridiculous.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Sam Clay

    Sorry to be ‘that guy’ but, I totally get watching Starcraft as an e-sport. I don’t get watching fighting games :(

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Sini

    Both are waste of time, contribute something to society before you die.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. absolutezero

    Like posting on an internet comment section about video games.

    Kill yourself.

    Seriously trying to answer your question Sam I would say that Fighting games are the video game equivalent of chess, its constant mindgames from even before the match starts. You have these two players sitting right next to one another on a stage in front of a crowd under immense pressure. Add to that incredible amounts of memorisation, skill, reaction times, improvisation and execution and it all begins to click into place.

    Once you start watching, pick up the lingo a little and begin to realise whats happening on screen its pretty amazing stuff. Theres alot of reading what you think the other guy is going to do next and getting the pay-off when you estimate correctly.

    Its also stupidly immediate, most matches don’t even last the standard amount of time, unlike Star Craft which always starts nearly always the same way and you don’t actually get into the meat of the match until around the 5 minute mark.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Custard Ganet

    Yeah its all about the immense skill these players have at these games,i never knew fighting games had such deep mechanics (even though i’ve been playing Street Fighter series since 2) until i started watching professional play,their ability to stay calm and not drop their combos or let the other player faze em is pretty amazing, of course the opposite happens also,especially at a big tournament like EVO.Some matches can be insanely exciting and edge of the seat entertainment when you get into it and figure out what each player is going for or trying to pull off in a match or making insane psychic reads on their opponent.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Ireland Michael

    I honestly don’t understand the negative responses to this. It’s just some people enjoying their hobby and being immersed in the competitive experience. What is so wrong with that?

    #7 2 years ago

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