Melbourne BAM qualifier April 5th

Quick Details:

When: April 5th – 1pm-10pm
Where: Abbotsford Masonic Hall
141 Gipps St, Abbotsford, 3067
Cost: $10 Entry + Tournaments (Expected pot fee is $5 per tournament)

Schedule
2pm – Late – Super Smash Bros Brawl, Melee and Project M
3pm – 6pm – Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition
3pm – 6pm – Dead or Alive
4pm – 7pm – Killer Instinct
5pm – 8pm – King of Fighters XIII
5pm – 8pm – Injustice
6pm – 9pm – Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3
6pm – 9pm – Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown

BAM REGISTRATION
Come down and register in person if you haven’t already registered online.

BRING YOUR OWN CONTROLLER
Since we’re no longer in the Shadowlogic venue, there aren’t going to be a list of Sticks for people to borrow, and while we should have enough equipment to run the tournaments, everyone will appreciate anybody who can bring setups for casuals and DIYs.

HOW TO GET THERE
Park or get off at Collingwood Station…

Walk either down the alley, or down the main street

We hope to see you all there on Saturday and we can’t wait to see who’s in top form leading up to BAM!

Press Release: CouchWarriors and New Game Plus TV announce media and event production partnership

Media Release: CouchWarriors and New Game Plus TV announce media and event production partnership

 Two respected gaming communities working together

 Melbourne, 18th March 2014 – CouchWarriors and New Game Plus are pleased to announce the two long standing community organisations have entered into a media and events partnership. The groups will be working together more closely on upcoming gaming events, including the sixth annual Battle Arena Melbourne, a national major fighting game tournament on May 10-11

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New Game Plus will be producing the live video stream for BAM, creating video previews, interviews, player profiles and coverage of the event. View the NG+ post-event trailer for BAM5 here:

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Announcement: Australian Fighting Game Circuit 2014

The 5 State Majors for the Fighting Game Community in Australia for 2014

 In a nationwide series of tournaments, each of these major events will host the best of Australia’s fighting game talent. Each of the five events will have hundreds of participants and will be live streamed to thousands of viewers in the ever growing gaming spectator audience.

 Players from across the country gather for community, camaraderie, and of course competitive glory. Personal and interstate rivalries are on the line.  Prepare to follow the journey of the players and community from event to event, to see who will become state and national champions.

 With the schedule below, members of the community, whether casual or competitive player, spectator, media or sponsor can see where each major fits in calendar 2014. These are the big ones, and not to be missed.

 Call for Sponsors: Sponsorship and promotional opportunities are available for each event. Plus social, web, local, specialised and cross-event sponsorship.

Media enquiries: Media are also encouraged to cover the events and players.

Contact: Individual event organisers below, or general assistance and queries, at end.

 2014 National Majors Schedule:

Note – Each region also has its own regular casual, ranking, and qualifier events.


  • March 15-16 – Brisbane, Queensland

ButtonSmash 2 www.button-smash.com

  • May 10-11 – Melbourne, Victoria

Battle Arena Melbourne 6 (BAM) www.couchwarriors.org

  • August 29-31 – Melbourne, Victoria

Shadowloo Showdown V www.shadowlogic.com.au

  • October TBC – Sydney, New South Wales

Ozhadou Nationals 13 (OHN) www.ozhadou.net

  • November TBC – Adelaide, South Australia

Southern Cross Championships 2 https://www.facebook.com/SouthAustralianFightingGameCommunity


Additional Information and Contact:

Daniel Chlebowczyk [email protected]

President: CouchWarriors. PR and Marketing: Ozhadou, Buttonsmash.


About The Organisers

Collectively, the Australian Fighting Game community is organised by these groups.

CouchWarriors (BAM): A not for profit community organisation dedicated to supporting and promoting the whole fighting game community, managing events, and encouraging new players.  www.couchwarriors.org

 Ozhadou (OHN): A website dedicated to Australia’s fighting game community. Discussion and articles cover a vast range of fighting games, and thus all fighting games fans are welcome.www.ozhadou.net

Shadowlogic (Shadowloo Showdown): Competitive game community, mainly focused on the fighting game genre. Home of Shadowloo Showdown www.shadowlogic.com.au

KeepEtClassy (ButtonSmash): Keep ‘et Classy is a community, an ideology. A place for you to come and play with friends, make new friends and more! www.keepetclassy.com

SAFGC (Southern Cross Championships): Dedicated to growing competitive Fighting Games in South Australia.  https://www.facebook.com/SouthAustralianFightingGameCommunity

CouchWarriors – Back in action for the FGC in 2014

CouchWarriors is pleased to make the first announcements of its plans to support the Australian fighting game community in 2014. We are planning initiatives to welcome new players, provide assistance to other fighting game community organisers, and produce special and major events.

 

Battle Arena Melbourne 6: BAM returns on MAY 10-11, 2014!
First, the return date of the major event, Battle Arena Melbourne 6! Get training for BAM on May 11-12, 2014, returning to CQ Functions in the Melbourne CBD. BAM5 was huge and we’re planning another massive weekend of fighting game action.
For a reminder of how amazing BAM5 was, hit the links at http://couchwarriors.org/bam/

New Game Plus TV Partnership:
We are also proud to announce our Partnership with New Game Plus TV. CouchWarriors and NGP will be working together more closely. NGP will be producing the live stream for BAM, creating video previews, profiles, working with us on media and sponsorship, and covering the event.

Look for more exciting announcements for BAM6 and other upcoming events CW will be supporting and promoting.

CCH: aka Chris’ Club House, we’re supporting the return of these regular casual play events – just to play! Every two weeks. For more information and schedule click here.

CouchWarriors Inc Annual General Meeting
We also have announcements from the 2014 Annual General Meeting. As a Not for Profit Association we have a committee and elected official positions. We would like to announce the 2014 officer positions, and some highlight community roles. 

Officer positions:
Secretary
Rory Betteridge
Treasurer
Brendon Watson
President/Chair
Daniel Chlebowczyk

Further community heads are to be announced as part of the BAM organising team. First, we are pleased to announce our head TO for BAM

Battle Arena Melbourne Head Tournament Organiser:
Anthony “Felix” Mallon

Look forward to more announcements and community initiatives. To enquire about events, community support, volunteering, or sponsorship of BAM, please contact:

Web: CouchWarriors.org
Email: [email protected]
Facebook.com/CouchWarriors
Twitter.com/CouchWarriors

 

MINDSCAPE: BAM5 Sponsor Prize Details!

We are proud to announce MINDSCAPE is a Sponsor of Battle Arena Melbourne 5!
http://www.mindscape.com.au/

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Mindscape are the distributor in Australia for both KONAMI and TECMO KOEI.  We have amazing giveaways from each. The fantastic team at Mindscape are continuing to throw strong support behind Dead or Alive 5 in the tournament scene. Expect to see them popping up at conventions and events around the country.

As a special bonus we are pleased to announce every DOA5 entrant will receive an Angel and Devil DLC code to download the latest DOA5 Costume pack, free!

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PRIZES:

2 x Dead Or Alive 5 COLLECTORS EDITION dead-or-alive-5-collectors-edition-final

4 x Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge
(All are even split on Xbox & PS3)

 

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Many thanks to MINDSCAPE for their support of Battle Arena Melbourne 5!

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Follow the MINDSCAPE Twitter @MINDSCAPEau

For info on the community and playing Dead or Alive 5, visit FreeStepDodge.com

BAM Guest interview: Chipmusic artist, Pselodux

In partnership with Sound Bytes, Chiptunes musician Pselodux will open BAM5 Friday entertainment with a blistering spacerock set, bringing together the chiptunes and competitive gaming scenes for the first time, making BAM a true festival of gaming.

We took a moment with Pselodux, aka Rob Curulli, to talk about his upcoming performance, and the worlds of chipmusic and gaming.

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Hey Rob, thanks for coming on board with BAM!  We’re excited to check out your set.
Thanks for having me! I’m excited to see what the event is all about.

What in the world is a chiptune artist?
Chiptune artists are, essentially, people who like expoiting old game consoles for use as synths, or composing music with sounds inspired by those consoles. Independent developers have even created software for use on Game Boy, Nintendo DS, Sega Mega Drive and other consoles, specifically for music making. It’s awesome stuff, and you’d be surprised at just how much bass a Game Boy can produce!
How long have you been on the scene making and performing music?
I’ve been performing under various pseudonyms (and genres) around Australia for over ten years. The Pselodux show is relatively new though; I’ve only been playing that material live since 2009.
What kind of gamer are you? Favourite genre?
I was all about first-person shooters for the longest time, and I got heavily into making custom levels for Doom, back in the day (with custom music too, of course). These days I still check out the occasional FPS, but I mostly go for arty iPhone games—most recently, Time Surfer (featuring music by regular SoundBytes performer Derris-Kharlan) and Hiversaires (created by Aliceffekt, who played at Square Sounds in February); both ridiculously excellent!
Tell us about Sound Bytes and the Square Sounds festival?
SoundBytes is a regular chip music event that showcases local, interstate and sometimes overseas talent, and quite often draws an awesomely large crowd. They also occasionally have ‘open-mic’ segments at their shows where anyone can come along, plug a gameboy/laptop/other noisemaker in and play whatever they like for seven minutes. The shows are always lots of fun, since even though most performers use chip sounds, a wide variety of genres are represented—including synthpop, dubstep, hardcore punk and everything in between.
Square Sounds is a similar concept, but a bit more large scale in that it’s a two-night festival, with more overseas and interstate performers, and representing a somewhat wider variety of electronic styles. The inaugural event was in February; in addition to the two nights of the festival there was also a pre-party and an afterparty.
They’re heading to Japan in September for a second round, and I believe the plan is to branch out to other countries as well. Should be awesome!
Tell us about your approach to chip music. What type of music do you make and what kind if instruments do you use?
My music isn’t as ‘pure chip’ as others in the chip scene, but still retains a heavy Amiga-style sound—the music from the early 90s demo scene has been a huge inspiration for my music. As well as that, I like to throw in elements of space rock, progressive rock, industrial and metal to make things interesting. Onstage, I try to handle as many of my solos as I can on guitar, and have been known to pull out some home-made electronic instruments to make things just that little bit more ridiculous (one of the many benefits of having an inventor for a dad).
Tell us about your experience with competitive gaming
1995. Family home in Perth. Two-player Doom II serial cable tournaments between myself, my brother, my neighbour and anyone else who was around at the time. Many tantrums were thrown. There have been other experiences (mostly just drunken Smash Bros ridiculousness), but nothing as epic as those days seemed to us back then.
Do you have a favorite fighting game?
SHAQ-FU!
Seriously though, the 90s DOS game One Must Fall 2097. It definitely had the best music out of all the games I’d played at the time, which is probably why I played it so much; also, robots beating each other up is pretty awesome. I also played a hell of a lot of Killer Instinct and Mortal Kombat 3 on SNES; and I’ll never say no to a Smash Bros game.
What can we expect from your set on Friday night at BAM? Any themes or special tunes for the show?
Expect ridiculousness! I’m pulling out some fast-paced tracks to get everyone pumped. As for special tunes, I might have a few tricks up my sleeve 😀
Where can we check out your music and what’s coming up next for you?
I’m on Bandcamp, Soundcloud and various social media sites as Pselodux, and I’m finally Google-able without my name being autocorrected to a brand of nailguns, hooray!

The next few months are pretty busy for me! I’m playing a synthpop gig on the 8th of June (supporting Limb at the Grace Darling hotel) and have a couple of special gigs coming up in July and August. Actually they’re all special in that I’ll be busting out some new material at all of them. I’ll post more details on Facebook and Twitter as they’re available.

Thanks for your time, PSELODUX!

See Pselodux play from 6.30pm with a full set from 7pm Friday 17th.

Video Clip: Pselodux live at the Laundry

You can grab a copy of the Pselodux album TITAN for only $8 at BAM. These cool Spaceman figures come with an attached download code.

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You can see more of the BAM5 Guest schedule here

AVERMEDIA: BAM5 Sponsor Prize Details!

We are proud to announce AVERMEDIA is a Major Sponsor of Battle Arena Melbourne 5!
http://www.avermedia.com/

Avermedia are one of the global leaders in multimedia, internet TV and consumer electronics, specialising in digital video.

PRIZES:

LIVE GAMER PORTABLE

One lucky winner will walk away with an Avermedia Live Gamer Portable ahead of its release.  This is a pocket size USB capture box that can capture full HD, designed specifically for gamers.

You can capture gameplay without the need for a PC – portable streaming and recording.

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GAME CAPTURE HD

Three of the desktop capture device will also be given away. Record from all of your gaming devices in real time.

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Many thanks to AVERMEDIA for their support of Battle Arena Melbourne 5!

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Plantronics GAMECOM: BAM5 Major Sponsor Prize Details!

We are proud to announce GAMECOM is a Major Sponsor of Battle Arena Melbourne 5, and our exclusive Headset sponsor.  BAM5 also uses Gamecom headset for player comfort on its tournament pool setups.
http://www.gamecom.com.au/

Gamecom is the gamer specific headset brand from industry leading communications manufacturer, Plantronics. Specialists in gaming audio, Gamecom also strongly support the competitive arena in Australia through events and their own esports squad, Team Gamecom.

PRIZES:

$500 CASH BONUS TO TOURNAMENT PRIZE POT!

$100 extra to each of: Super Street Fighter 4 AE, Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3, King of Fighters XIII, Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown and Injustice: Gods Among Us

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An amazing high end, wireless headset for the Xbox 360, with separate voice and audio controls, this is the highly sought after prize that both tournament winners and lucky BAM5 attendees will have a chance at winning.

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Many thanks to GAMECOM for their support of competitive gaming and their ongoing support of Battle Arena Melbourne!

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