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At 8 Mott Street, near the outskirts of New York City’s Chinatown, innocuously folded away between anonymous trinket shops and musty restaurants, a cavalcade of excitement awaits those who savor the thrill of arcade fighting competition. There, I’ve had my ass handed to me at Street Fighter IV and Marvel vs. Capcom 2, gotten a quick orientation/tutorial on Arcana Hearts 2 from someone who was just happy to have a human opponent, witnessed fanatical Puzzle Fighter matches on screens tinted yellow with caked on dust and cigarette smoke, and clapped hands with fellow competitors, not due to any particular victory (those are far and few between for me), but just because a match was well played, an exciting narrative completed. Believe it or not, vieogams are still being played the way that they were 30 years ago: elbow to elbow, with friends and strangers alike, amidst the warm glow of cabinet screens, a movie theater for your hands, a communal experience unlike any other.
I hear that the dancing and tic-tac-toe is excellent too.
Posted by Kurt Shulenberger on March 6th, 2009 :: Images :: Tags : Arcana Hearts 2, Images, Marvel vs. Capcom 2, New York, Photos, Puzzle Fighter, Street Fighter IV