In the age of online multiplayer, it’s hard to imagine that there was once a time where the only place you could play against other people was either in the arcade or at home with your friends.
If there’s one group that’s always kept this local multiplayer close to their heart, it’s the fighting game community. However, with the death of arcades, it’s become harder and harder to keep local events going. That being said, there are still a number of strong scenes out there, and, starting with a team that includes one of our very own writers, we’re going to be taking a look at what’s going down in the local FGC scenes across the UK.
Based in the market town of Chesterfield, Derbyshire, whose main claim to fame is having a crooked spire, this team of tournament organisers bring the hype to this sleepy town.
Working in partnership with a local cocktail bar called Chandlers, they host monthly tournaments that bring some of the best of the Midlands’ talent together to fight face to face for the pot, glory, salt and most importantly cake. You didn’t read that wrong – this tournament really does offer cake as an additional prize for the winners, and if that isn’t incentive enough to compete then we don’t know what is.
The main staples of these tournaments are Ultra Street Fighter IV, Super Smash Bros. Melee and, last but not least, Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo run on a UD-CPS2, which means that you can enjoy the arcade original using any USB controller you want. There’s also rotating side tournaments which include Street Fighter Alpha 3, Street Fighter 3: Third Strike and Persona 4 Arena.
Don’t worry if you’re just a casual player, though, as there’s plenty on offer for casuals too, including an array of retro and modern consoles available for casual play. Not only that, but there’s also a “Geek Quiz”, a Chandlers creation that mixes together a pub quiz with everything geeky, from anime to video games.
With friendly and welcoming regulars, a fun atmosphere, great music, amazing cocktails and damn tasty cake, these tournaments are definitely not to be missed if you’re local to the Derbyshire area.