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.
By Trinessa Dubas
Are you ready this week Columbia? Want to get out and explore, but have no ideas? Memorial day coming up and your budget is, well, you know…tight? Sugar, have no fear. Let me whisper a few budget friendly thoughts into your ear. The atmosphere in Columbia this week will be soulfully sweet and fantastically full of art with several events to ease your mind as you unwind. All while keeping your budget in check! As I’ve gone about town some pretty good folks that I know have shared with me some of their upcoming performances and reminded me of a few I have yet to see (gasp).
Wed May 21st plan to socialize and network with some of Columbia’s finest. This week Klean Kut Entertainment is hosting CUFFLINKS AND COCKTAILS at Sakitumi Grill and Sushi Bar. 807 Gervais St. Starting at 6p. Come out, network and get to know your future business associates. Won’t hurt to order a cocktail and mingle. This event is FREE
Also Wed through Saturday (May 21st-24th) of this week you still have time to catch the highly raved about performances from the wonderful casts of Young Frankenstein at Workshop theatre 1136 Bull St and Shrek the Musical at Town Theatre 1012 Sumter St. Both of these shows are highly entertaining and not to be missed. Tickets are $25, so hurry they are going fast!
On Friday May 23rd let the self-taught sounds of The Dubber soothe your ears as you wind down your week. The Dubber , a great local talent will be performing a little bit of rock, jazz and funk at River Rat Brewery. 1231 Shop rd. The performance starts at 5p. It’s FREE
Keep Rocking Arts and Music Festival is happening this Saturday May 24th at Jakes on Devine, 2112 Devine St. There will be music and live art being created by one of my favorites Cedric Umoja. It’s family friendly and tickets are $10. You can’t beat that!
Finally, take it easy on Sunday May 25th and come out to hear the smooth sounds of Terence Young at Wet Willies on 800 Gervais St. This brother and his band are one of the best in Columbia. Terence is a local artist with national reach. His music is classic rhythm and blues. The show starts at 10p(I know that’s late for some folk) but you have memorial day off, so go out and enjoy. Tickets are $10. Sweet!
Hell, yeah. This is a great week to be in Columbia! Grab a friend and enjoy the warm days and cooler nights. I’m not going to let you have a reason to say “Columbia is boring” or “there ain’t nothing to do”. It doesn’t matter the side of town you live on. These are ideas of how to get to know your city and the artists or talents in it . And if you see me out doing what I do, Speak or Wave.
Honey, I’ll see ya!