The third episode of Community features Michael “Cactus” Ashmore. A long time mainstay in the Melbourne FGC, the Golden Child is mild-mannered in demeanour but packs a nasty far standing fierce. He’s a strangely modest individual, scratching his beard when he beats your ass with his Dhalsim and giggling good-humouredly when you hit him with something stupid. We learn more about how he got into the scene, why he loves travelling for interstate FGC events and arcade tournaments, and how he’d knock you out with a right old left!
Hi guys, the second episode is up featuring Dan “DisasterFX” Richards. Formerly a Smash player, he’s become a champion of the lesser popular games in the scene such as Injustice and SFxTekken. He’s become a great guy to have on the CouchWarriors board, and proof that everyone can become a great and invaluable contributor to your local community if you step up to the challenge.
PLANTRONICS is a leader in gaming headsets, and has been a great supporter of gaming events, teams and players. Known for quality and innovative headsets, the latest example is the Plantronics RIG, which incorporates a multi-input mixer, giving players flexible options like being able to answer calls or listen to music while playing a game, then seamlessly returning to game chat. Check it out:
As the headset sponsor and partner to CouchWarriors, not only will the awesome new RIG Headset be up for grabs as part of our prize mix, but will be deployed as equipment at all events we support.
That means the tournament stations themselves will be equipped with the new headset. Look forward to comfort and complete focus when playing tournament matches at BATTLE ARENA MELBOURNE on May 10-11.
SUPPORT FOR BUTTONSMASH ISSUE 2
CouchWarriors is also pleased to announce that thanks to its partnership with Plantronics we will be able to provide support to Queensland’s major event, BUTTON SMASH, on March 15-16. Tournament station headsets and a prize pack of 5 RIG headsets will be provided by CouchWarriors thanks to Plantronics.
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.
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
Hi guys this is my new video series for Dusty Cartridge. I originally intended to do some player profiles as pre-BAM media, but I was lying in bed thinking one day…
Generally in Fighting Game Community (FGC) media you see the top players get most of the camera time, but in my eyes, a community is not simply made up of top players.
A community consists of so many different kinds of people. Intellectuals, staunch regulars, streamers, tournament organisers, anime lovers, commentators, retro game enthusiasts and those dudes that go 0-2 and keep coming back(me). Everybody is an equally important part of our community, without these guys there wouldn’t be a community for the top players to be the faces of.
I wanted to do these 5-10 minute player profiles (Mike’s one went quite long, future eps will be shorter) to shine some spotlight on these less heralded guys, and to also let the greater public know about all the different personalities and figures we have in our local FGC.
I wanted Mike The TV as the first guest because he’s a game academic, a commentator and has a unique perspective on the scene- having a bit of an e-sports background.
Hi guys, my name is Muttons and I help run CCH, a Melbourne institution since 2010. CCH is a community event run by the community for the community, it’s a local meetup where we gather with our sticks and setups and play casuals all day and hang out with each other.
When: Saturday 5:00 pm start till late.
January 4// January 18// February 1// February 15!// March 1!// March 15*// March 29~// April 12*// April 26 @4PM // May 24 @1PM// June 7 @5PM // June 21 @5PM // // July 5 @5PM // July 19 @4PM// Aug 02 @5PM // Aug 16 @1PM // Aug 30 @4PM // Sept 13 @6PM // Sept 27 @5PM // Oct 11 @4PM // Oct 25 @4PM // Nov 08 @1PM // Nov 22 @4PM// Dec 06 @1PM // Dec 20 @1PM
*means CCH will start one hour earlier, at 4PM.
~ starts at 3PM
**starts at 1PM
! Venue is at Richmond library, not Collingwood Library
Fee: $2 venue fee- Anybody that brings either a monitor/console/laptop gets in for free.
BYO: Screens, Xbox’s, PS3s, Sticks are all appreciated, even if they go unused. The more the merrier. It would be awesome if you guys could leave a comment in this thread if you’re bringing a setup. I will have my setup there from 5pm onwards.
Thanks to CouchWarriors for supporting CCH with funds and equipment
A Brief History of CCH
CCH was originally founded by Collingwood resident and the inventor of the crossup tatsu, Chris Dang, whom I will now respectfully refer to as the Founder. Originally named Collingwood Club House, CCH has been known as Chris’ Club House for years now as a homage to its original founder who saw the need in the community for a console casuals meetup with the divide between Vanilla SFIV console and arcade editions. CCH ran on Fridays from 6PM till late into the wee mornings, and The Founder would always be there with his setups and sticks. Many Melbourne traditions were born from this meetup, such as CPU moneymatches!
Since then CCH has gone from strength to strength, and the relaxed atmosphere of the meetup introduced many new faces to the Melbourne FGC that have since become staunch regulars and top players such as Kevin “Burnout” Kim, Shadowfox and many more. I took over the reins in February 2011 from The Founder (who retired from the FGC in 2011 to be a family man) and together with Ali from Shadowloo, and reliable dudes like Andrew “Vitriol”, Daniel “Spoony” Finegan, Burnout and Peter “Syntax” Evans we ran CCH for a few years before I decided to shut it down in August 2012 with the opening of Shadowlogic over in Footscray.
Now CCH is back in 2014 with the recent shutdown of Shadowlogic for their impending move, and I personally hope we can attract more new players to our scene, level up together and have fun.
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.
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.
The game has been causing quite a stir, and CouchWarriors is proud to be hosting Australia’s first Major tournament for Injustice: Gods Among Us. What if our greatest heroes became our greatest threat? NetherRealm Studios, creators of Mortal Kombat, have set out to create the definitive DC comics based fighting game.
Players have been practicing hard to prove that they are in fact the greatest threat – and we’ll see the results on Saturday 18th at BAM5!
Don’t miss – Remember the writer of the Injustice: Gods Among Us comic book, Tom Taylor, will be at BAM between 2pm-6pm on Saturday! Check the guest schedule here.
Cast your eyes over the incredible Mortal Kombat, Injustice: Gods Among Us, and DC Superheroes DVD prize pack on offer for attendees.
5 x Mortal Kombat PS3
5 x Mortal Kombat X360
5 x Injustice PS3
5 x Injustice X360
5 x Batman The Dark Knight Returns Part 1 (DVD)
5 x Superman Doomsday (DVD)
5 X Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths (DVD)
Many thanks to Injustice: Gods Among Us and Warner Brothers Interactive Entertainment Australia for their amazing support of Battle Arena Melbourne
Creators of many all time classic games and systems, SEGA are supporting our feature tournament for Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown with an incredible prize pack of official VF5FS Arcade sticks, Tshirts, and Xbox Live VF5FS download codes – for not just the game, but the two complete costume packs.
Stay tuned to the CouchWarriors Facebook, Twitter and stream for more chances to win DLC codes during the event.
Don’t miss – The friendly rivalry between Sydney and Melbourne will reach a new level with a special 5 vs 5 Exhibition match!
x2 Hori Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown Real Arcade Pro V3(PS3)
Madman are Australia’s leading independent film and DVD distributor with the best and latest in anime, asian cinema and cult films.
The huge Madman prize package will be shared across all games, featuring gaming anime releases MASS EFFECT: PARAGON LOST and PERSONA 4: THE ANIMATION, Capcom favourites including, if there are no Objections – the live action ACE ATTORNEY!