By Marques Moore
I can’t help but suspect that maybe this title has been used before…
Recently, I ran into a buddy from karaoke (a subject that I will touch on in the future—I have a few insights) and he brought up seeing me over at Delaney’s in 5 Points. It was a Sunday. He noted how he only ever sees me there on Sundays, and the fact that I’m writing this should tell you that I’m about to tell you why that is.
So…Do you now or have you ever liked video games? How do you feel about professional wrestling? Do you think one or both of these things are completely ridiculous? Okay, on that last one I need to say that no matter what you may have been thinking that the answer is and will always be “yes.”
That said, I’m back this week to shill for another little venture that has started up recently here in the Soda City! The Tough Shit Tournament started about a year and a half ago at Art Bar. The concept was simple. Competitors would face off in games for a given console such as the Nintendo Entertainment System that were randomly selected from a list of titles geared towards a contest setting. Some games would be well-known while others would be obscure to the point of never having been played by anyone in the room.
That’s actually where the name of the tournament came from initially.
“What happens if you don’t even know how to play the game you get?”
“Tough shit, I guess…”*
And thus a legend was born. There was a considerable hiatus last year, but TST has come back with a new format, a new focus, new rules, and at a new location. Some of these changes are of no consequence to newcomers, but there are a few things you certainly should know.
First and foremost, this event thrives on audience engagement and participation like any other (*glances at the last entry he wrote*–…noticing a theme here…?). Cheer! Boo! If you can think of a chant or two, not only are we not stopping you but encouraging your worst impulses…Wait, I didn’t mean to say that. No, no, I did.
The other things you need to know are about the competition itself. There is a cap of 16 entries for the sake of time (trust me on that one). The structure is an elimination round, the winner’s bracket, the loser’s bracket, the tournament final, a grudge match (potentially), and then the championship match as a wrap-up.
I’m sure at this point you’re wondering why I mentioned pro wrestling before. Well, the key aspects that form of entertainment are rooted in are the personas and performances on display. One of the goals of the Tough Shit Tournament is to create a facsimile of that through the theatrics and exaggerated trash-talk that is already fairly common in the community of gaming. The results I’ll allow to speak for themselves.
Oh, we have a championship belt…
The tournaments are held monthly at Delaney’s on the last Sunday of the month. So far, we have held contests for the Nintendo, Sega Genesis, Super Nintendo, and Nintendo64—a first for the Tough Shit Tournament! This month, we turn back the clock and reintroduce the Atari 2600! There is no entry fee of any kind, and in fact, you can actually WIN money (of sorts) thanks to the tournament’s local sponsors Frankie’s Fun Park and Pixels and Pawns. Come and enjoy the festivities…or hijinks. You be the judge.
*–Paraphrasing, but that’s pretty much the exact exchange that occurred in the initial planning.